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I thank you and the other Members of the Subcommittee for your leadership and concern

in supporting our efforts to better serve Congress and the American people.

Reports detailing the results of many AOC activities are appended to this statement. They include:

Appendix A: Initiatives in Life Safety

Appendix B: Security Update

Appendix C: AOC Human Resources Act of 1995 Achievements

Appendix D: Initiatives Regarding the Congressional Accountability Act

Appendix E: Initiatives in Labor-Management Relations

Appendix F: Status of Selected Capital Improvement Projects

Appendix G: Report on Architect of the Capitol Year 2000 Readiness

Appendix H: Financial Management System Improvements

Appendix I: Computer Aided Facilities Management

Appendix J: Project Management Initiatives

Appendix K: Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Request Summary


Architect of the Capitol

Initiatives in Life Safety

Fiscal Year 2001

House Legislative Branch Hearing



The Life Safety Program Division has begun a Safety Initiative to review, develop, and implement program elements to bring the AOC Safety Program to an exemplary level within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) model. VPP requirements and AOC activities are detailed within Section I.


The AOC is required to comply with Environmental Protection Agency Laws and Statutes as enforced by the District of Columbia. An explanation of what is required and what this means to the AOC is detailed in Section II.


A list of current contractors and memorandums of understanding with other Agencies with some of the activities being supported is detailed in Section III.


A brief description of the AOC Maintenance Program is provided in Section IV.


A list of current projects being supported by the AOC Life Safety Program Division is provided in Section V.


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No reviewing and developing programs and standard operating dy ca thoughout the Capitol Complex has begun, including baseline surveys and

coordination with the Office of Compliance survey teams on the detailed dentifying and prioritizing program requirements. Significant steps have been ondeatify, correct, and prevent physical and program deficiencies in a proactive Agenhaar reactive manner. This is a formidable task that requires considerable staff and bahan rexeives to accomplish at a progressive pace. Descriptions of the steps taken the needed are expanded upon below.

Program Division has submitted an aggressive plan and is implementing eve that will bring the Agency along the road to further conformance with demed by the Congressional Accountability Act. It is important to note that

with the Act will be difficult to achieve due to the necessity of preserving e and infrastructure of the facilities. The AOC is evaluating the alternative you that have been developed to allow for performance based protection, such

as the NFPA's new Life Safety Code, which was adopted at their Fall 1999 meeting, and building codes such as those in the states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Texas to specifically address the life safety issues in historic structures with significant public spaces, monumental ceiling heights, open grand stairways, etc. Technology under development such as OSHA's Fire Safety Advisor (currently in BETA format) will also help with regard to assessment, means, and methodology development. Work has also begun on the development of an Environmental Branch that will address requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency as enforced by the District of Columbia.


A full review and analysis by the Life Safety Program Division will be completed this year of the Congressional Accountability Act, the referenced Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, and review of code requirements for both private industry and other Federal Agency programs. This review will determine where the current AOC program is with regard to the rest of the country, where it needs to be, and a validation of the multi-year plan prepared by the Life Safety Program Division on how to get it there. The initial analysis determined that the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Model should serve as the framework for the new program and that bench marking established safety programs would be done to provide the information necessary for the AOC Safety Program. The VPP program was established by OSHA to provide private industry and Federal Agencies a means of measuring their programs and provide OSHA proof that their program is exemplary. Qualifying programs in the VPP program can earn certification from OSHA as Star Programs worthy of recognition and duplication. The AOC's goal is to develop and implement a program that OSHA will consider exemplary. New resources are necessary to accomplish this goal to bring the safety program to a compliant level as described by the Congressional Accountability Act and are essential to sustain the program and keep the AOC on track with any future changes to requirements. Resources identified in the Fiscal Year 2001 budget include increases in permanent and contractor staffing, survey and analysis costs, and general operating funds. Work has begun in the following areas:


Administration and Management - this area focuses on how a Safety Program is developed and implemented. Several specific elements are described to achieve an acceptable level in the VPP framework. These include: Development of a Safety Policy Statement and Safety Manual, the establishing of Safety Committees with written Charters and Policies, and establishment of a Mishap Reporting Policy, a Hazard/Close Call Reporting Policy, and a Disciplinary Policy for Safety Violations. There must also be a means of measuring job performance with regards to safety.

The existing AOC Safety Manual and program elements are being reviewed by the

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Life Safety Program Division against these requirements. Available resources are also being reviewed and the AOC safety program plan is being refined. The Human Resource Management Division (HRMD) is revising the current Performance Evaluation System (PES) to include requirements for evaluating safety in job performance. Safety Committees have been formed in several of the Jurisdictions and the Life Safety Division is working with these committees to refine their charters and objectives. The existing committees are also being used as resources in the formation of committees in the other Jurisdictions.

Assessments - this area focuses on the identification of hazards associated with the workplace or job performance. The model requires surveys and analysis to be done to fully identify and quantify hazards so all information is available to make risk management decisions. Actions necessary to meet these requirements include performance of a Baseline Hazard Analysis, an Industrial Hygiene Survey, Job Safety Analysis, Annual Compliance Audits, and the establishment of comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Programs, Contingency Safety Plans, Emergency Preparedness Exercises, and Corrective Action Plans.

The AOC through the use of Life Safety Services, Incorporated, has recently conducted the first comprehensive Annual Compliance Audit. This audit not only satisfies OSHA requirements by identifying systemic deficiencies and areas needing correction, but it also provides information necessary for the Life Safety Program Division to focus AOC resources. Corrective action plans have been initiated on items not requiring funding and a risk assessment analysis is being conducted to prioritize corrective actions requiring additional funds. The AOC is working with the Public Health Service (PHS) on the completion of comprehensive job safety analysis for job assignments at the Capitol Power Plant and industrial hygiene surveys for on-going construction projects. PHS is also providing assistance with the identification and program development for addressing confined spaces. Work with the Army Corp of Engineers is providing information on the location of asbestos and lead in Capitol Hill buildings. These surveys must be expanded to include all of the complex. The AOC Preventive maintenance Program will utilize the CAFM program once fully implemented to schedule, track and record maintenance. As previously noted, the AOC has established a Task Force on Contingency Safety plans and used that work as part of the Y2K initiative.

Training - this area focuses on how employees have been prepared to perform their assigned tasks in a safe manner. The model requires the preparation of a Master Training Plan and emphasizes specific training of Safety Committee Members. It also calls out for specific training in Mishap Investigation, Emergency Preparedness, OSHA Training for Employees and Management, and training in

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