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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

SALARIES AND EXPENSES

1987 Budget Enacted .....

Proposed pay raise supplemental .

Proposed FERS supplemental • 1987 Revised ......

$39,602,000

862,000

611,000 $41,081,000

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Positions - Permanent ....... 860 $36,012,563
Special and Temporary ..... (36) 485, 300
Other Personnel Comp

51,000
860 36,548,863

860 $36,012,563 (36) 693,695

101,000 860 36,807,258

208,395

50,000 258,395

+

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The Congressional Research Service is the department within the Library of Congress that works exclusively as the research and reference arm for the Congress of the United States. The Service is mandated to work for every Member of Congress, every committee, and for their staffs. In addition to providing a great diversity of research and reference services, CRS staff provide close support to Members and committees through analytic reports and consultations, bill analysis, analyses of alternative legislative proposals, assistance in hearings and other phases of the legislative and oversight processes, factual statements, bibliographies, translations, assistance with public opinion polls and surveys, and with identifying and assessing long-range goals and objectives, and analysis of energing 18sues and trend data. The Service also sponsors and conducts workshops and 8 emi nars on public policy issues for Members and staff. To provide for the most effective use of CRS and other resources available to congressional staff, a program of Legislative Institutes, District Workshops and other briefings has been developed.

CRS 18 the congressional support agency with the mandate to provide the entire range of analysis, research and Information to the entire congressional community. We do this on a non-partisan basis, in virtually every area of public policy and subject interest. CRS also provides substantial support to three sister agencies: the Congressional Budget Office, the General Accounting Office, and the Office of Technology Assessment, and to other specialized groups of Congress. In fiscal 1986, the Service responded to over 433,600 requests from Congress for research and reference assistance.

Management objectives in fiscal 1988 are directed at (1) asking for no new permanent positions, but
requesting funding to fill positions which are vacant as a result of an exceed ingly high lapse rate; (2) providing
sufficient funding levels for Special and Temporary and nonpersonal services allotments to maintain necessary
ongoing services to the Congress by recovering a portion of the deep base cuts experienced in fiscal 1986; and
(3) continuing to improve research and reference efficiency through acquisition of microcomputer technology.

A total of $47,251,100 18 requested to support the Congressional Research Service in fiscal 1988. This
represents an increase of $6,170,000 over fiscal 1987, and is composed of: $5,080, 405 for mandatory personnel
costs; $208,395 for Special and Temporary staffing; $50,000 for overtime, holiday pay and night differential;
$194,100 for nonpersonal services current level increases; $462,100 for various nonpersonal services accounts to
support ongoing programs; and $175,000 for continuing acquisition of microcomputer technology.

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Funds are requested to cover ingrade increases and reallocations ($915,490) and
to reduce our salary lapse from 8.6 percent to approximately 4.5 percent ($1,796,541).

CRS is asking for no new permanent positions in fiscal 1988, however, funding to
fill the equivalent of 32 vacant positions is needed to help the Service maintain an
appropriate mix of specialities as the most effective way to meet the changing needs
of the Congress within the previously authorized personnel ceiling. Rather than ask
for new positions as Congressional needs change, we will shift vacant positions to
where they are most needed--assuming the funds to f111 the vacancies are available.
Last year the Congress provided funding for some 35 vacancies, permitting us to
reassign and fill positions in issue areas requiring lanediate and continuing additional
analytical coverage. For example, we have now been able to address serious subject
area gaps by posting positions in Latin American affairs, terrorism, foreign aid,
communications law, health and energy policy.

The request for lapse reduction funding will allow CRS to continue to match issue
coverage with changing congressional needs. This will permit us to fill positions
within a few months after becoming vacant through resignation or retirement, rather
than leaving such positions vacant for considerably longer periods of time as required
by the current lapse.

Salaries ....
Personnel Benefits

$2,161,893

550, 138 $2,212,031

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+ $ 365,000

(2) Annualization of pay raise

This increase is necessary to provide for annualization of the 1987 pay raise for
General Schedule employees, effective in January 1987. Funds have been requested
in the fiscal 1987 supplemental request to cover the increases from the effective
date through September 30, 1987.
Salaries ..........

$ 262,400
Other Personnel Compensation

400
Special and Temporary

3,700
Personnel Benefits ........

98,500 $365,000

+ 1,843,000

(3) Annualization of FERS contribution .....

P.L. 99-335, the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERS), established
& retirement program for Federal civilian employees hired after December 31, 1983,
and for employees under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) who choose to
transfer into the new system. The effective date of coverage of post-1983 hires
under FERS 18 January 1, 1987. This amount 18 necessary to provide for annualiza-
tion of the 1987 costs and increased costs projected for 1988 based on assumptions
provided by OMB in Bulletin No. 87-2, October 24, 1986.
Personnel Benefits ........

$1,843,000

..

160,374

(4) One extra day .....

Fiscal 1987 requires the payment of salary funds for a total of 261 days; fiscal 1988
will have 262 days. Funds are therefore requested to cover the extra day.
Salaries

134,023
Personnel Benefits

26,351 $ 160,374

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