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$3,348,400 for non-personnel related expenses and a 245 FTE level request - an increase of five

FTE's from the current level.

The FY2002 funding request provides for an increase of personnel expenses of $1,148, 200 or 9.9% when compared to the FY2001 appropriation level. The personnel increase includes annualization of the FY2001 cost of living adjustments, prorated FY2002 cost of living adjustment, FY2002 overtime costs, temporary positions, longevity and meritorious increases. In addition, non-personnel expenses are increased by $286,800 or 9.4% when compared to FY2001.

Non-personnel expenses include:

$631,000 to pay for closed captioning of House floor proceedings, the result of a lower cost new base three-year contract that went into effect January 1, 2001;

$555, 400 to pay for private supplemental stenographic contracting for hearings, under new contracts awarded in calendar year 2000;

$275,000 for the further development of the House-wide Document Management System related to electronic document creation, use, and distribution;

$875,000 to pay for LIMS tasks 2 and 3.

Several other significant projects are underway in the Office of the Clerk that deserve mention here.

DMS/LIMS Computerization Projects

Last year before this subcommittee I reported on the successful transition of our information systems to the year 2000. With technology integration and upgrades dominating our daily work, I am once again pleased to report significant progress on two major information technology initiatives this subcommittee has supported: the Document Management System

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

Within the early months of the new Congress, the House has seen the creation of th

vacant congressional seats owing to death or resignation of Members. We anticipate additional vacancies based on stated intentions of some current Members. The House experienced six vacancies during the 106th Congress and nine vacancies in the 105th Congress, with some of these vacancies lasting in excess of six months. The administration of these offices is a statutory responsibility of the Clerk, requiring time and resources of the Office of the Clerk to ensure the appropriate operation and management consistent with law and the Rules of the House.

Replacement of Public Disclosure Systems and Master Member Database

We have begun project plans to identify alternatives to two existing information systems requiring replacement or extensive upgrading. The FileNet system which provides for the storage and on-site retrieval of statutorily required public filings will require migration from its current mainframe environment to meet House targets and will most likely need to be replaced entirely with newer technology that can support current and future filing needs. We will lose vendor support of the current system within the year owing to advances in the technology and availability of better products. We are also now defining our requirements to replace the database we currently employ to create many of the official publications of the Clerk, including the telephone directory, printed and on-line official lists, and compilation of election statistics. This replacement project will focus on incorporating advantages of new database technology that will allow for the integration and compatibility with the results of our work in DMS and LIMS. In closing, I am setting forth for the subcommittee's information a brief sketch of the departments of the Clerk:

Immediate Office of the Clerk: responsible for day-to-day management of the Offices

of the Clerk, including all personnel, budget, and operational issues. Also includes administrative

management of the House Page Program; management of vacant congressional offices pursuant to Rule II of the Rules of the House; oversight of duties required of the Clerk for the organization of new Congresses; administrative support for the Office of the Chaplain; and other

administrative and informational tasks required by regulation and law.

Office of Official Reporters: provides reporting and transcribing of House Floor Proceedings and hearings of the Committees of the House.

Office of Legislative Operations: a combined department consisting of the Bill and Enrolling Clerks, the Journal Clerks, the Tally Clerks, the Reading Clerks, the Daily Digests, and the Floor Action Reporting Service.

Office of Legislative Computer Systems: management of the Electronic Voting System and all other information systems relevant to Clerk operations; management of the Chamber sound system; and project management of Document Management System related projects and LIMS Replacement Project.

Office of Publication Services: processing through GPO printing of official stationery and franked envelopes; coordination and production of various official lists and publications; and management of the Clerk's website..

House Page Program: administrative management under the direction of the House Page Board of the three components of the Program: the House Page School, the Page Residence Hall, and the work program.

Legislative Resource Center: the umbrella department for the following divisions:

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