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personnel funds includes cost of living adjustments in FY2001. In addition, non-personnel

expenses are reduced by $64,000 or a reduction of 1.69% when compared to FY2000.

Request FY 2001

Nogersonnel expenses include:

$782, INT, NT À the further development of the House-wide Document

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M&MS Needs/Requirements Definition and BPR;

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This initiative originated in 1995, with the Committee on House

X4's review of the way in which legislation and various House information was al and managest. The Committee's study (An Information Systems Program Plan for the

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U.S. House of Representatives, November 15, 1995) led to the Clerk's proposal to create a comprehensive system on the use of print-on-demand capabilities and improvements to

electronic information flow in the House. Such a plan would create an accurate/complete

electronic text to provide expanded options for dissemination and also provide the House with

options on printing and the possibilities of reducing the costs.

Beginning with FY1997, the subcommittee has annually appropriated $1.5 million toward the development of DMS, although actual total DMS spending from FY1997 through the current fiscal year will total approximately $2.5 million. Up until the past year, the actual DMS spending level has generally been defined by the availability of the right technology and the gradual progress toward achieving the necessary consensus with other legislative entities

essential to the process, including, for example, the Legislative Counsels, committees, the

Government Printing Office, and the Library of Congress.

By last March, when I submitted a DMS system status report and plan to the subcommittee, both the requisite technology and institutional consensus were at hand. Accordingly, that report set forth a proposal to initiate an SGML Bill Authoring Feasibility Study, the groundwork for which dated to 1997 with the creation of the SGML Coordinating Committee and the Legislative Branch SGML Technical Committee. As funded by the subcommittee, document type definition (DTD) standards for Bills, Resolutions, and

Amendments were created, including a feasibility study consistent with the House Systems
Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) process to provide an analysis of specific objectives,

The Honorable Jeff Trandahl
Clerk of the House

Statement Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee
on the Legislative Branch

Chairman Taylor, Mr. Pastor and other distinguished members of the subcommittee, I appreciate having this opportunity to provide the following testimony related to the operation and FY2001 funding request for the Offices of the Clerk.

One year ago, I first appeared before this subcommittee as the newly elected Clerk of the House, presenting for your approval my predecessor's budget request and envisioning a tenure more transitory in nature. Thanks, however, in great part to the support and encouragement I received from this subcommittee, I have had the honor to help guide the Office of the Clerk into a new century and bring to you a budget request based on my experience and knowledge of this historic Office with its talented and dedicated staff.

In speaking of the new century, I am pleased to report that to date, the systems of the Office of the Clerk have transitioned successfully to the Year 2000. As a member of the

individuals throughout Capitol Hill in the compilation of the Day-1 Guide. It appears we have achieved our goal of ensuring that our systems covering thirty-one categories are Y2K compliant. The subcommittee was an invaluable ally in this effort and deserves a great deal of credit for the success we are enjoying. Mr. Chairman, I would also like to use this opportunity to publicly thank the staff of the Office of the Clerk for their admirable dedication to this critical effort. Specifically, our Legislative Computer Systems department, ably led by Dick Langley and deputy Joe Carmel, bore the brunt of the work for us and deserve to be commended, as do several others with the Architect of the Capitol, House Information Resources and the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, the Sergeant at Arms, and the Committee on House

Administration.

This year, Mr. Chairman, as submitted and adjusted to conform with the cost-of-livingadjustments (COLA) computations established by the Office of Personnel and Management, the Office of the Clerk is requesting $15,862,000 for FY2001. This request includes $12,149,000 for personnel expenses and $3,713,000 for non-personnel related expenses. The FY2001 request is a 6.59% increase over the FY2000 appropriation level of $14,881,000 or an increase of $981,000. In addition, a 244 FTE request level is included. This request, although an increase of four FTE's from the FY2000 level, is twenty-one FTE's fewer than the FY99 level.

The FY2001 funding request provides for an increase of personnel expenses of $1,045,000 or 9.41% when compared to the FY2000 appropriation level. The increase in

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Statement Before the House Appropriations Subcommittee
on the Legislative Branch

Chairman Taylor, Mr. Pastor and other distinguished nembers of the subcommittee, I appreciate having this opportunity to provide the following estimony related to the operation and FY2001 funding request for the Offices of the Clerk.

One year ago, I first appeared before this subcommittee as the newly elected Clerk of the House, presenting for your approval my predecessor's budget request and envisioning a tenure more transitory in nature. Thanks, however, in great part to the support and encouragement I received from this subcommittee, I have had the honor to help guide the Office of the Clerk into a new century and bring to you a budget request based on my experience and knowledge of this historic Office with its talented and dedicated staff.

In speaking of the new century, I am pleased to report that to date, the systems of the Office of the Clerk have transitioned successfully to the Year 2000. As a member of the

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