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schematic designs will be completed in FY 2001 with design completion expected in FY 2002 and construction to begin in FY 2004.
...In the O'Neill Building, the fire alarm and sprinkler system installations are complete. Egress evaluations and interim designs are completed, construction will be completed in July 2001.
Across the Capitol Complex:
ADA fire alarm system upgrades designs have been completed except in the Capitol building.
Lighted exit signs have been installed in public areas of all buildings.
A complex-wide Central Fire Protection Monitoring System is in design.
Regularly, the District of Columbia Fire & Emergency Management Services Department conducts pre-planning tours of the Capitol complex facilities to help them prepare in case of emergency.
The FY 2000 Emergency Fire Supplemental authorized 58 specific projects in the total amount of $17,480,000. The AOC obligation plan ($ have been rounded) is: FY01: $8.5M; FY02: $5.2M; FY03: $1.2M; FY04: $0.8M; FY05: $1.5M; & beyond.
As of June 22, 2001 the AOC has obligated 55% of the FY 2001 plan funding and expects to obligate the entire amount by the end of the FY 2005. The table below shows the status of obligations of funds against the FY 2000 Emergency Fire Supplemental by appropriation.
The Congressional Accountability Act of 1996 requires the AOC to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations. There is much work to do to comply with OSHA and reduce our unacceptably high injury/illness rate. In the past
to meet the injury reduction goal and established as priorities:
Hiring required staff (central and jurisdictional-underway),
A safety policy statement was approved and distributed to employees. Personal protective equipment (PPE) was provided to employees. Superintendents met with all personnel to ensure they have needed PPE. The Architect issued memos outlining supervisory and employee responsibilities for safety.
Working with the Public Health Service, the first 3 of 41 safety program policies were approved and distributed: Hazard Communication, Confined Space, and PPE. Three more program policies are under development and scheduled for final approval in FY 2001: Bloodborne Pathogens, Fall Protection, and Respiratory Protection. Four programs scheduled for FY 2002 are drafted and are in the initial review process: Lead, Asbestos, Electrical Safety, and Lock out/Tag out.
Policies for the Safety, Health, and Environmental Council and Jurisdictional Occupational Safety & Health Committees were approved.
Safety Committees were established in all jurisdictions and are meeting monthly to discuss safety matters and review injury/illness reports.
The Architect established a goal to reduce total injury/illness rate by 10% per year for the next 5 years from the FY 2000 baseline of 17.9 per 100 employees.
A high level 5 year Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Plan was developed
Development of job hazards analysis process and policy (underway) and performance of job hazards analysis for all work (to be completed FY 2002), so that hazards can be identified, eliminated or controlled,
Improvement of the injury/illness investigation process (underway) to include root cause analysis and implementation of corrective actions across the Agency to prevent recurrence,
Development and inspection and audit process such that we critically evalu
Development, approval, and implementation of 41 safety programs (implementation will be completed in FY 2005).
The Architect has initiated periodic shop walk arounds, visiting work sites, emphasizing PPE usage and discussing safety concerns with employees.
The Architect recently met with the General Counsel for the Office of Compliance to discuss the fire and occupational safety program and review the 5 year OHS plan.
The Architect of the Capitol recognizes that progress has been made but there is much left yet to do. Agency management remains committed to applying the necessary resources and talent to achieve our goals of modern fire code compliant buildings and improving the safety and well being of our employees.
Question. What is the status of the construction of Security Bollards throughout the Capitol Hill Complex?
Response. The following information is provided on Security Bollard and Perimeter Installations:
Initial installation commenced Mid June, completion estimated 3/03
1. Vehicle barrier at end of NW Drive
4. Vehicle barrier at end of SE Drive
5. South USCG entrance from Independence Ave
6. Bollards along SE & NE Drives
7. Bollards along NW & SW Drives
Item numbers 1 through 4 should be completed in August, 2001. These are stand alone barriers to relieve the U.S. Capitol Police of manual raising & lowering of dif ficult or defective barriers. Adjustments to the sequence for item numbers 6 & 7 may be required based on coordination with the Capitol Visitors Center project. Senate Perimeter:
Project has 4 phases. The work was initiated February, 2001; completion is scheduled in early Spring, 2002
Sequence of installations:
1. Intersection of C Street and New Jersey Ave. NW
3. Delaware Ave & Constitution Ave, 2nd & C Streets NE
4. Delaware Ave & C Street, 1st Ave & C Street East & West Phase 1 has been substantially completed; Phase 2 is in progress. Library of Congress:
Project design is completed
Approval for the project has not been received. The appointment of Members to the Joint Committee on the Library have not been finalized, therefore unable to approve project
Original completion projections and budget estimates could require adjustment, based on actual date of project initiation
Question. For the record, insert all reprogramming actions or their documents that required committee approval.
I am writing to request your approval to obligate and transfer funding for the payment of water and sewer services. The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000 (Public Law 106-57) provided funds for the payment of water and sewer services in two appropriations. The Capitol Power Plant appropriation includes base funding of $1,800,000 and an increase of $3 million. The Library Buildings and Grounds appropriation has an additional increase of $3 million. However, the accompanying Conference Report precludes the use of the increase funding until released by the Committees on Appropriations. In the case of both of the increase amounts, the Conference Report provided the funding for both water and sewer services and improvements to the Culpeper audiovisual facility.
As required by law, the District of Columbia through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provides each federal agency in its service area an estimate of water and sewer services costs that the agencies are to include in preparation of their budget requests. These figures include an estimate for water and sewer services in the budget year as well as adjustments of past years, variances compared to actual consumption costs. In April 1997 the District imposed a 42% rate increase for water and sewer services which was not included in fiscal year 1997, 1998 and 1999 estimates. The District's budget figures for the fiscal year 2000 included the 42% rate increase as well as adjustments for under estimating service costs in prior years. The amount the Architect of the Capitol is required to pay in fiscal year 2000 is $6,200,000.
In order to meet our legal obligation for water and sewer services, the AOC will use the base amount of $1,800,000, and I am requesting your approval to use the $3 million increase provided in the Capitol Power Plant and authority to transfer and obligate $1,400,000 from the Library Buildings
The Honorable Charles H. Taylor
October 5, 1999
A similar letter has been sent to the Honorable Robert F. Bennett, Chairman, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, for his approval.
I shall, of course, be pleased to provide you with any additional information on this matter you may deem desirable.
Alan M. Hantman, AIA
Chamber #29/9 3/1/00
Charles H. Taylor, Chairman
I am writing to request a reprogramming in an amount not to exceed $78,000 from funds appropriated to the "Architect of the Capitol, Capitol Buildings and Grounds, Capitol Buildings" in the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2000, Public Law 106-113 for correction of OSHA deficiencies centered around inadequate fan guards on power transmission devices in various areas of the Capitol Building.
The Compliance Board has been conducting an ongoing safety inspection survey of all office, shop and public space in the Capitol Building, as well as the other buildings in the Capitol complex. During a recent survey several minor safety deficiencies were discovered that required correction in the Capitol Building. It is essential to correct the deficiencies in a timely manner for safety reasons and to comply with the mandates of the Congressional Accountability Act. Many deficiencies of a similar nature were corrected previously and during normal maintenance. A recent field survey by Architect personnel documented all additional devices requiring correction. These deficiencies will require specialized sheet metal fabrication to correct the safety concerns. This work is estimated to cost $78,000.
I am proposing to reprogram the amount from savings in personnel compensation. As we approach the end of the second quarter in the fiscal year, it does not appear that we will be able to fill all of the vacant positions that we had planned to, thus resulting in savings in