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► $13.8 million (53 percent of increase) for mandatory pay increases. Major factors driving up the Library's payroll costs are: (1) the 2.6 percent pay raise scheduled for January 1995; (2) the second of nine yearly locality pay adjustments (2.1 percent); (3) three months of the first locality pay increase of 4.23 percent; (4) employee ingrade increases and reallocations; and (5) growing accident compensation costs. The requested mandatory pay increase is equivalent to approximately 244 positions, and it must be funded to prevent another round of staff and service reductions.
$12 million (46 percent of increase) for price level increases. Roughly a third of the Library's budget is for the purchase of goods and services. To maintain the current level of services, the Library needs to increase its budget for inflationary price increases that have occurred or are estimated to occur in fiscal 1995 (e.g., to fund the escalating costs of foreign books) and for increases necessary to maintain existing services. Price level increases are the largest for the Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped appropriation. To maintain the existing level of services without increasing the risk of service failure, the Library is requesting price level increases totaling $7,123,000 -- primarily to ensure a steady flow of patron machines and for the initiation of a program to replace worn out machines. Another major price level increase is $2.3 million for the first of two installments necessary to complete the furnishings for the renovated Thomas Jefferson and John Adams buildings. These two items, amounting to $9,423,100, account for 78 percent of the Library's price level increases.
$1.1 million of transfers among LC S&E accounts. We propose to transfer to Collections Services and the American Folklife Center those positions that have been devoted to arrearage reduction within the pilot program for the American Memory project when this pilot is terminated. A reallocation of $357,000 is also requested (from American Memory base funds) to provide continuity and focus to the Library's efforts at digitization. A core group is essential for establishing private sector partnerships and providing internal know-how for expanding the Library's digital collections. A reallocation of $388,000 is requested to improve the fire protection system at the Library's collections storage facility. The original fire system was not designed to protect the high rack storage and high risk materials now in place.
► $.5 million to support the transfer of the Copyright Royalty Tribunal (CRT) functions to the Library. The CRT Reform Act of 1993 transfers a number of CRT responsibilities to the Copyright Office. The law provides for the deduction from royalty fees the resources required to handle these transferred responsibilities.
We have limited our request to the minimum necessary to maintain existing services to Congress and the nation. The Library's proposed fiscal 1995 budget would permit increased efficiencies and prudent investments in automation to continue and would provide a year of relative stability in which to adjust to prior staff cuts and to build the public/private partnerships needed
to bring more of our unique collections in print and electronic form to the American public. Budget stability would permit the
Thanks to the foresight of the Congress, the Library of Congress has become the nation's prime resource in the
For fiscal 1995, we submit a stay-even budget request that will enable us to continue to make unique contributions
to the Congress and the American people.
James H. Billington
Library of Congress Mission Statement and Values
seeks to serve and inspire a free people by: The Library's mission is to sustain, to celebrate, and to preserve for future generations a universal collection of knowledge and creativity. It
American people and their libraries; and
Making the Library's resources available and useful to the Congress of the United States in ever more efficient ways;
Encouraging and celebrating free intellectual creativity by all people in all subjects.
Library of Congress are:
Quality: The Library provides the best quality feasible in every aspect of its activities, no matter how large or how small.
Innovation: The Library constantly seeks, tests, and employs new and creative methods of improving its services and the use of its
and opportunity in all of its activities. Fairness: The Library is fair in its treatment of staff and users, and it respects all persons and takes measures to ensure equal treatment
evaluation and improvement of its programs and activities. Participation: The Library encourages and supports widespread staff participation in the planning, implementation, and ongoing
job satisfaction, and opportunities for career development. Staff Development: The Library ensures that it has the human resources appropriate to conduct its programs by encouraging and supporting staff excellence, and it takes measures to promote and foster superior performance, leadership development, individual growth,
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Comparison of Budget with CBO Baseline
CBO-1992 actual budget authority increased by uncapped Congressional Budget Office assumptions