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The amount recommended for the Capitol Police is $110,650, which is an increase of $10,544. Of this latter sum $10,044 is required to place salaries on a 100 percent basis and $500 is included to make provision for the exchange of one patrol car.
The committee has eliminated from the Budget estimates the sum of $41,518 requested to provide salaries, equipment, and uniforms for 24 additional privates. The Capitol Police force now numbers 132 men, composed of 32 for the Senate Office Building, 39 for the House Office Buildings, and 61 on the general force. Comparatively recent increases in the force added 15 in the Senate Office Building, 19 for the new House Office Building, and 8 on account of the enlargement of the grounds, a total of 42, bringing the aggregate to 132 as stated.
The request for the addition of 24 men is predicated upon the enlargement of the Capitol Grounds and the necessity of patrolling streets through the grounds heretofore patrolled by the Metropolitan Police.
The committee does not feel justified in providing for any additions to the force in view of the increases that have been made in the past 3 years. Additions are not authorized by law. The Capitol Police service, under the patronage system of selection as practiced by both political parties, has too large a proportion of personnel not fully qualified for the performance of efficient police duty: Officials responsible for the conduct of police activity have frankly advised the committee that they do not desire any additional men unless they are furnished according to some well-defined standards of fitness.
In denying this increase the committee feels that an adequate number of positions is now provided, which, if filled by well-qualified appointees, would furnish satisfactory protection to the Capitol and its surrounding jurisdiction. As a step toward improving this situation, a limitation is attached to the appropriations for Capitol Police providing that no part of the appropriations contained in the bill should be paid to any person appointed to the force after June 30, 1935, who does not meet the standards to be prescribed for such appointees by the Capitol Police Board. This Board consists of the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, the Sergeant at Arms of the House, and the Architect of the Capitol. As the turnover in the force is from 15 to 20 a year, this provision will have the effect of gradually infusing into the organization a personnel better fitted for police duty. The personnel would still be subject to patronage but under the suggested Jimitation they would have to conform to the standards prescribed by the Capitol Police Board as to physical fitness, size, age, weight, experience, etc.
JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING
The amount recommended is $11,620, an increase of $1,002 to restore the salary appropriation to 100 percent.
The amount recommended is $75,000, an increase of $5,000 to restore the salary allocations for the Senate and House portions to the levels existing prior to the enactment of the economy legislation reducing salaries.
ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL
The total of recommended appropriations, under the jurisdiction of the Architect for the Capitol Building and Grounds, the Senate and House Office Buildings, the Capitol Power Plant, and the Library Building and grounds, is $1,768,218, a decrease of $421,578 under the 1935 appropriations and $1,774,391 under the Budget estimates. To restore salaries to 100 percent requires approximately $98,000, and taking this element into consideration, the reduction under 1935 appropriations on all other items becomes $519,578. This net de crease is more than offset by the nonrecurring items appearing in 1935 appropriations of $604,800 for the installation and replacement of the elevator equipment in the Capitol Building, Senate and House Office Buildings, and two elevators in the Library Building.
The following constitute the principal changes in the various appropriations under the jurisdiction of the Architect:
Capitol Building.—The sum for the Capitol Building is $311,799 for general maintenance and repairs, which is $114,701 less than the 1935 appropriations and $35,000 less than the Budget estimates. The decrease of $35,000 is due to the elimination of the amount requested for alteration and renovation of the rooms on the Senate side now occupied by the offices of the Marshal and Clerk of the Supreme Court so as to accommodate the Finance Office of the Senate. As this is purely a Senate matter the determination of its inclusion is left for consideration by that body.
The decrease of $114,701 under 1935 appropriations is arrived at by a number of increases and decreases. \ Elimination of 1935 nonrecurring items of $194,500 (composed of elevator installations and air conditioning) are partially offset by the following new items of increase totaling $79,799: $18,379 to provide for restoration of salary allocations to a 100-percent basis, $6,720 for four new substation operators in order to extend the provisions of the Saturday half-holiday law to substation operators, $28,000 for painting the dome and central portion of the building, $5,000 for special repairs and replacements of substation equipment, $5,000 for special plumbing renewals in public toilets in the Senate wing of the building, $14,000 for the installation of steel shelving in the central portion of the building to accommodate the House document room, and $2,700 for the maintenance and repair of new street lights on the grounds.
A provision is inserted authorizing the Architect of the Capitol to designate someone to perform the duties of the superintendent of meters in the absence or disability of that employee or during a vacancy in the position. The present incumbent in this position has served continuously since July 1, 1886, and is 72 years of age. It is his duty to inspect all gas and electric meters in all Federal establishments in the District of Columbia and certify their readings. In view of the advanced age of the present inspector, it is the desire of the Architect to be in a position to designate someone to substitute for him.
Capitol Grounds.—The appropriation allowed for 1936 is $89,740, which is $6,618 less than the 1935 figure and $4,500 less than the Budget estimate. The decrease of $4,500 in the estimates is due to the withdrawal of an item of that amount by the Architect. The net decrease of $6,618 is occasioned by a decrease of $15,000 for a non
recurring 1935 item for completion of the sprinkler system in the grounds and increases totaling $8,382 as follows: $7,062 to restore salaries to 100 percent, $820 for maintenance of new traffic-light installations, and $500 for the erection of a steel barricade along Constitution Avenue, between Delaware Avenue and First Street west, for use in connection with parades, celebrations, etc.
Legislative garage.—The amount recommended is $9,040, an increase of $1,610 over current appropriations and $4,800 under the estimates. The request for four additional laborers at $1,200 is not allowed, the committee being of the opinion that the present practice of detailing additional services from the ground force temporarily to assist in emergencies being more desirable than adding permanently to this organization. In order to eliminate confusion between this garage and a commercial establishment of the same name, the title is changed from "Capitol” garage to “Legislative" garage.
Senate Office Building.–The amount carried is $230,315, which is an apparent decrease of $305,501 under the current year appropriations and $162,254 less than the Budget estimate. The amount allowed for 1936 is arrived at by eliminating all special nonrecurring items for 1935 from the total for that year and adding $19,424 to restore salaries to a 100-percent basis. The decrease of $162,254 is accounted for by the elimination of all special items and increases requested for 1936 with the exception of the $19,424 salary restoration item referred to. The committee in taking this action has provided for the Senate Office Building on a strictly maintenance basis, as customary, leaving to the Senate the determination of the inclusion of any of the special increases totaling $162,254.
House Office Buildings. The amount recommended for 1936 is $346,694, which sum is $135,803 less than the 1935 appropriation and $24,250 less than the Budget estimates. The special nonrecurring items in the 1935 appropriation total $205,805 of which $190,000 was for elevator installations. Offsetting this sum partially are increases totaling $70,002 as follows: $26,972 for the restoration of pay, $3,600 for the transfer from the temporary to the permanent roll of three employees, an elevator machinist at $1,680 for night duty, an air conditioning engineer at $2,000 in lieu of a substation, attendant at $1,500 dropped, $2,500 for temporary labor, $6,000 for renewal of awnings for the old building, $1,000 for additional steel shelving in the library in the old House Office Building, $15,000 for painting the rotunda, caucus room, stair halls, fifth floor corridors and rooms, and exterior frames of windows and sills (942 windows), and the subway, old building, $7,000 for renovating the hot water system of the old building, $1,000 for maintenance of air-conditioning machinery, $2,500 for a new safe and the installation of new fixtures in the post-office in the old building, and $750 for special equipment in the new building.
The decrease in the Budget estimates was accomplished by cutting in half the request for temporary labor ($5,000), the substitution of awnings at a cost of $6,000 for venetian blinds at $8,000 for the old building, the entire elimination of the item of $15,000 for revolving doors for the new building, and the reduction from $3,000 to $2,500 of the item for equipment and alterations in the postoffice in the old building.
Capital power plant.—The appropriation carried in the bill is $528,660, which is an increase of $60,018 over the total for 1935 and $1,507,537 less than the Budget estimates. Special nonrecurring items for 1935, totaling $128.000, are more than offset by increases of $188,018 for 1936, as follows: $14,418 for the restoration of salaries, $64,320 in the fuel item consisting of 2,821 additional tons of coal at $4.872 per ton and an increase of $1.072 per ton for 47,179 tons, $1,280 in the item for gas, $6,000 increase in the allotment for general repairs, $25,000 for the installaton of a parallel coal conveyor, and $77,000 for the installation of rear water walls in 16 boilers in place of the present air-cooled bridge walls. These latter two items, totaling $102,000, are made immediately available in order that the work may proceed expeditiously with the view to the accomplishment of as much of it as possible prior to the next heating season. The improvements provided will greatly increase the efficiency of the present boiler equipment and enable the plant to care for its present and prospective steam loads.
The committee has eliminated and deferred for future consideration an estimate of $1,507,537 for the enlargement of the boiler house and the installation of equipment to increase the capacity of the existing plant. This increase was predicated upon the completion of construction of buildings capable of being served by this plant which at the present time have not been authorized by Congress. The committee is of the opinion that until such buildings are authorized there should not be any action on this estimate and has accordingly deferred its consideration.
Library Building and Grounds.--Apart from the amounts for restoration of salaries, increases of $69,960 are granted for repairs and replacements and $500 for trees, shrubs, and plants for the grounds. Nonrecurring special items of repair totaling $47,300 partially offset an increase of $116,900 for renewals and improvements in connection with existing elevator equipment. For the present year an item of $30,300 was provided for reconditioning the two west passenger elevators of the building. This work has not yet been done and the sum is reappropriated and $116,900 additional granted, making a total of $147,200 to be available, for elevator work during the coming fiscal year. A complete survey of the elevators in the Library Building has recently been made by the elevator engineer of the Architect's office in conjunction with the Bureau of Standards. This report is printed in full in the hearings. The elevator changes proposed have been inspected by the subcommittee charged with the preparation of this bill. They are recommended in the interest of the safety of the employees of the Library and the visiting public and for more efficient service in the Library. Of the total of $147,200, the sum of $133,000 is for major replacement and repairs of 2 west main passenger elevators, 2 double entrance elevators, 3 push-button elevators, and 2 stack élevators, and $14,200 is to provide contingencies for the foregoing work and furnish additional safeguards for other elevators and for the removal of the elevator in the Smithsonian Deposit.
The reduction of $35,000 in the Budget estimates is occasioned by the elimination of a request for $10,000 for the installation of an underground sprinkler system for the grounds around the Library Building and $25,000 for the replacement of wooden map cases with modern steel cases. Both of these items the committee felt might well be postponed in deference to the large expenditures required for elevator work during the coming year.
The total allowed the Botanic Garden is $114,987, an increase of $3,392. While the amount required to restore all salaries to a 100percent basis on the former personnel would be $9,212, there have been reductions in force totaling $5,820, leaving the increase of $3,392 as the amount to be restored to the existing appropriation to complete restoration of salaries to a full basis.
The provision heretofore carried that the residence, heat, light, fuel, and telephone service furnished for the Director should not be regarded as a part of his compensation and no deduction therefor should be made on that account is omitted. Under existing law where salaries are fixed in accordance with the Classification Act of 1923, as amended, as is the Director's pay, an allowance for quarters, etc., furnished is to be determined and deducted from the rate of pay fixed under the act. As this is the law for other departments, the committee is of the opinion that an exception should not continue to be made in this case.
The amount recommended for maintenance, repairs, and improvements (other than for salaries), $28,725, is the same as the current appropriation. This sum
This sum covers supplies and materials, travel, transportation of supplies and equipment, repairs, equipment (including the purchase of specimens), and maintenance of the Poplar Point nursery ($3,000). The allotment for equipment contemplates the purchase of a new 3-ton motor truck and a new passenger vehicle, the latter limited to a cost of not to exceed $750 including the allowance on the old car.
Gratifying improvement is noted in the Botanic Garden during the past year. The collections in the new conservatory are well displayed and have been increased by several important additions. The amount allowed will continue to make provision for new purchases and to supplement them, provision is carried to enable the Director to exchange plant material with other botanic gardens, institutions, municipal parks, and gardens. This authority will permit surplus material in this garden to be exchanged for valuable material which is surplus in other places, the only expense incurred being that of transportation.
The public interest in the Botanic Garden is constantly increasing, the number of visitors in a single day recently exceeding 5,000.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The total granted to the Library, exclusive of maintenance of buildings and grounds under the Architect, is $2,379,647. This sum is $288,312 more than the 1935 appropriations and $40,485 less than the estimates. In a general way the increase over 1935 is occassioned by $178,522 on account of restoration of salaries (including deferred reallocations), $22,860 for additional positions in the Library service, $15,000 increase in the fund for permanent increase of the Library material, $65,500 increase in the printing and binding appropriations,