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Initiative (DMS) and the Legislative Information Management System (LIMS) Replacement Project. Owing to the successful completion of the joint House-Senate SGML-XML Feasibility Study, we were able to demonstrate the applicability and efficacy of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) to the creation and editing of legislative documents. Owing to the results of the Study, the Committee on House Administration and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration last November formally approved a joint recommendation from the Secretary of the Senate and me to adopt XML as the preferred data standard for the exchange of legislative documents. As tangible evidence of our progress, the House Enrolling Clerk, on opening day of the 107th Congress, transmitted to the Government Printing Office text of House Resolutions in XML format. I am pleased to report that according to industry observers, we are one of but a few developers of XML applications to empower our user community (in this case, the House Legislative Counsel), with the ability to work directly with the application in the course of creating their work product, without reliance on third-party support. In addition, we are preparing to make publicly available on the Internet our bills and resolutions document type definitions. Under the direction of the Committee on House Administration, the Clerk's DMS project team has begun a series of advanced projects to further deploy the component management process for standardizing and facilitating the creation, editing, retrieval, and storage of legislative documents. These projects include, in part:

the completion of XML software customization for the House Legislative Counsel;

conversion of the U.S. Code, and 106th Congress introduced bills to XML;

selection of a component management system for Committee approval;

customization of the editing environment for Committees;

development of document type definitions for the House Calendar, House Journal, and Members list.

I am also pleased to report that since the beginning of the current fiscal year, the

LIMS Replacement Project is proceeding on time and within budget. Last summer the Committee on House Administration approved a LIMS Project Definition and Acquisition Plan for the purpose of analyzing the current LIMS system for either platform migration, replacement, or modification. With the awarding of a contract in September, of which I am the Contracting Officer, we are on schedule for the successful June 30 completion of the first of three tasks of the next stage of the project, Requirements Analysis and Technical Solutions. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the extraordinary efforts to date of the House Information Resources technical team representing the Chief Administrative Officer and the functional team representing various departments of the Office of the Clerk, who have collaborated so effectively to keep this complex endeavor on schedule.

Historical Services

The requested increase in FTE's relates to staffing necessary to coordinate the delivery of historical and archival services. In FY2000, the Office of the Clerk reorganized to meet the demand for more professional services in this area. The establishment of an historical services manager overseeing historical research services and related information, data and liaison responsibilities has included the addition of a professional archivist to administer the Clerk's archival responsibilities under the Rules of the House as well as to provide for greater education and outreach to Members and Committees. In addition, I am requesting the creation of curatorial services to more adequately administer the House's important and valuable collection of fine arts. I anticipate that the demand for these services to the House and public will dramatically increase and become necessary as the Capitol Visitor's Center soon becomes a concrete reality.

Vacant Congressional Offices

STATEMENTS OF APPROPRIATIONS
(See Page 146 Subcommittee Print)

For Statements of Appropriations, $30,000. These funds are requested for the preparation, under the direction of the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives, of the statements for the first session of the One Hundred Seventh Congress, showing appropriations made, indefinite appropriations, and contracts authorized, together with a chronological history of the regular appropriation bills as required by law. These funds will be used to pay the persons designated by the chairman of such committees to supervise the work.

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Note: The FY 2000 enacted amount was adjusted by a mandatory .38% rescission of $57. The FY 2001 enacted amount was adjusted by a mandatory .22% rescission of $33.

CLOSING STATEMENT

Mr. Chairman, this concludes my presentation on the House of Representatives fiscal year 2002 budget and certain Joint Items disbursed by the Chief Administrative Officer. I have appreciated the opportunity to speak before you today. Any assistance that can be provided during the Fiscal Year 2002 budget deliberations will be delivered in an expeditious manner. I welcome any further requests for information and will provide answers at this time or as promptly as possible.

Thank you.

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The Honorable Jeff Trandahl
Clerk of the House

Statement Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee
on the Legislative Branch

Chairman Taylor, Mr. Moran and other distinguished members of the subcommittee, I appreciate having this opportunity to provide the following testimony related to the operation and FY2002 funding request for the Office of the Clerk.

Welcome back to the subcommittee Mr. Chairman and congratulations to those of you for your new assignments to this subcommittee and to others on your return engagements. My office has been able to serve the House effectively due in large part to the support and guidance of this subcommittee. I once again appreciate having this opportunity to present our annual budget request. As most of you are keenly aware, my office oversees the operation of the House floor and the support functions to carry out the legislative processes.

Turning to the Office of the Clerk's submission for FY2002, as adjusted to conform with the cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) computations established by the Office of Personnel and Management, we are requesting for the next fiscal year $16,025,000, an increase of 9.8% over the amount provided in FY2001. This request includes $12,676,600 for personnel expenses,

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