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TREASURY, POSTAL SERVICE, AND GENERAL
GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS FOR

FISCAL YEAR 1985

HEARINGS

BEFORE A

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NINETY-EIGHTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE TREASURY, POSTAL SERVICE, AND GENERAL

GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS

EDWARD R. ROYBAL, California, Chairman
JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, New York

CLARENCE E. MILLER, Ohio
DANIEL K. AKAKA, Hawaii

ELDON RUDD, Arizona
STENY H. HOYER, Maryland

HAROLD ROGERS, Kentucky
EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts
CLARENCE D. LONG, Maryland

AUBREY A. GUNNELS and C. WILLIAM SMITH, Staff Assistants

PART 4

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Administrative Conference of the United States
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Advisory Committee on Federal Pay
United States Office of Personnel Management
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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi, Chairman EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts

SILVIO O. CONTE, Massachusetts WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky

JOSEPH M. McDADE, Pennsylvania NEAL SMITH, Iowa

JACK EDWARDS, Alabama JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, New York

JOHN T. MYERS, Indiana CLARENCE D. LONG, Maryland

J. KENNETH ROBINSON, Virginia SIDNEY R. YATES, Illinois

CLARENCE E. MILLER, Ohio DAVID R. OBEY, Wisconsin

LAWRENCE COUGHLIN, Pennsylvania EDWARD R. ROYBAL, California

C. W. BILL YOUNG, Florida LOUIS STOKES, Ohio

JACK F. KEMP, New York TOM BEVILL, Alabama

RALPH REGULA, Ohio BILL CHAPPELL, JR., Florida

GEORGE M. O'BRIEN, Mlinois BILL ALEXANDER, Arkansas

VIRGINIA SMITH, Nebraska JOHN P. MURTHA, Pennsylvania

ELDON RUDD, Arizona BOB TRAXLER, Michigan

CARL D. PURSELL, Michigan JOSEPH D. EARLY, Massachusetts

MICKEY EDWARDS, Oklahoma CHARLES WILSON, Texas

BOB LIVINGSTON, Louisiana LINDY (MRS. HALE) BOGGS, Louisiana BILL GREEN, New York NORMAN D. DICKS, Washington

TOM LOEFFLER, Texas MATTHEW F. McHUGH, New York

JERRY LEWIS, California WILLIAM LEHMAN, Florida

JOHN EDWARD PORTER, Ilinois JACK HIGHTOWER, Texas

HAROLD ROGERS, Kentucky
MARTIN OLAV SABO, Minnesota
JULIAN C. DIXON, California
VIC FAZIO, California
W. G. (BILL) HEFNER, North Carolina
LES AUCOIN, Oregon
DANIEL K. AKAKA, Hawaii
WES WATKINS, Oklahoma
WILLIAM H. GRAY III, Pennsylvania
BERNARD J. DWYER, New Jersey
WILLIAM R. RATCHFORD, Connecticut
BILL BONER, Tennessee
STENY H. HOYER, Maryland
BOB CARR, Michigan
ROBERT J. MRAZEK, New York

KEITH F. MAINLAND, Clerk and Staff Director

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TREASURY, POSTAL SERVICE, AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1985

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1984.

COMMISSION ON EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE, AND

JUDICIAL SALARIES

WITNESS

RAYMOND A. FONTAINE, COMPTROLLER, OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Mr. ROYBAL. The committee will now hear from the Commission on the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Salaries.

Mr. Fontaine, will you proceed?

Mr. FONTAINE. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I have a formal statement I would like to submit for the record.

The Commission was established under Public Law 90-206. It meets every four years to make recommendations to the President on the appropriate levels of compensation for the Vice President, and for positions in the executive branch from cabinet officers through level V, for members of Congress, and for Supreme Court Justices and other members of the Federal judiciary.

The Commission will not activate until October 1, 1984. Since there are no employees onboard, I am testifying today on behalf of the commission.

The appropriation we are requesting is for $160,000, which is the same as it was in fiscal year 1981, the last time the Commission was active.

Historically, the commission has completed its work in about three months submitting recommendations to the President in December, and Congress has taken action by March. This commission would be active from October through December, 1984.

This concludes my statement, Mr. Chairman. I will be delighted to answer any questions.

[The statement of Mr. Fontaine follows:

Statement

of

RAYMOND A. FONTAINE

Comptroller
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

ON BEHALF of the

Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries

BEFORE the

Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service,

and General Government
House of Representatives

March 21, 1984

Mr. Chairman and distinguished members of this Subcommittee, it is my privilege to testify before you on behalf of the Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries.

The General Services Administration will be providing

administrative support services to the Commission when it

activates.

Since the Commission will not become active until

October 1, 1984, there have not yet been any members or staff

appointed to the Commission.

The Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries was established under Public Law 90-206, as amended,

on December 16, 1967.

Every 4 years the Commission is

appointed with the responsibility to conduct a review of the

rates for pay of:

(A)

the Vice President of the United States, Senators,

Members of the House of Representatives, the Resident

Commissioner from Puerto Rico, the Speaker of the House of

Representatives, the President pro tempore of the Senate,

and the majority and minority leaders of the Senate and

the House of Representatives;

(B)

the Comptroller General of the United States and

Deputy Comptroller General, the General Counsel, GAO, the
Librarian and Deputy Librarian of Congress, and the

Architect and Assistant Architect of the Capital;

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