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Explanation of Changes Shown on Schedule C:

For salaries and expenses for the Office of Compliance, $3,268,000. This is an increase of $768,000 and five FTE positions over the FY 1996 appropriation of $2.5 million, $0.5 million of which was reprogrammed from the House of Representatives.

Mandatory Pay and Related Changes:

Personnel increases are attributed to a projected cost of living adjustment of three percent. An additional increase in the office's net salary requirement is due to the fact that FY 96 personnel services costs were prorated based on date of hire.

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A decrease of $3,000 in travel due to a reduction in Board of Director meeting
days from the FY 96 level.

A decrease from the FY 96 level due to the fact that only one office move is
projected for FY 97.

An increase of $268,000 due to the projected need to vacate currently occupied
space in the Library of Congress and lease office space in FY 97; a decrease of
$18,000 for telephone equipment; an increase of $3,000 for long distance and
Internet fees (which were prorated for 9 months in FY 96); an increase of $9,000
for postage fees, due to the mandatory certified mailings at termination of
counseling. Net increase for this object class: $262,000.

An increase of $20,000 in supplies over the FY 96 level based on a projected
increase of in-house production capability as a result of the transfer of a high-
volume copier to the Office from the Office of Technology Assessment.

A decrease of $19,000 in copying costs due to the previously described in-house capability, as well as a reduction in FY 96 costs of production of an informational manual for offices and organizations covered by the Congressional Accountability Act.

An increase of $41,000 due to a projected need for additional contracted services of professional mediators, hearing officers, and court reporters. FY 97 projected costs are predicated on the following estimated levels:



Mediations conducted: 250

Average duration of mediation: 1.5 days
Hearings conducted: 24

Average hearing duration : 4 days

A staff level increase of five FTE positions and $333,000 is based on a projected level of 1,000 counseling cases in FY 97. Two additional counselors and two support staff will be needed. It should be noted that this projected level is an estimate only, as the Office of Compliance opens on January 23, 1996, after the time of this budget submission. An additional position is needed for a solicitor to the Board of Directors, in order to keep the work hours of the Board reasonably few in number.

A decrease of $48,000 in equipment due to reduced start-up needs for the Office.

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The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) established an independent Office of Compliance to apply the rights and protections of the following eleven labor and employment statutes to covered employees within the legislative branch: the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, chapter 71 of title 5 of the U.S. Code (relating to Federal service labor-management relations), the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and chapter 43 of title 38 of the U.S. Code (relating to veterans' employment and reemployment).

The Office provides employees with an independent, neutral dispute resolution process, as an alternative to the court system, through which they may pursue claims under the laws applied by the CAA. The Office is headed by a five-member Board of Directors who are appointed jointly by the House and Senate majority and minority leadership.

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[Clerk's note.-The Program and Finance and Object Class tables reflect the budget justifications as submitted to the Subcommittee. Please check the Appendix to the President's FY1997 Budget for any changes that may be made subsequent to the submission to the


Justification of Estimates of Appropriations for

Fiscal Year 1997


22-572 96-10

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