H. Rept. 113-417 - 113th Congress (2013-2014)
April 17, 2014, As Reported by the Appropriations Committee

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House Report 113-417 - LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2015




[House Report 113-417]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


113th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     113-417

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              LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2015

                                _______
                                

 April 17, 2014.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

            Mr. Cole, from the Committee on Appropriations, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 4487]

    The Committee on Appropriations submits the following 
report in explanation of the accompanying bill making 
appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.

                        INDEX TO BILL AND REPORT

_______________________________________________________________________


                                                            Page number

                                                            Bill Report
Highlights of Bill.........................................
                                                                      2
Title I--Legislative Branch Appropriations.................     2
                                                                      3
        House of Representatives...........................     2
                                                                      3
        Joint Items:                                             
                                                                      6
                Joint Economic Committee...................     8
                                                                      6
                Joint Committee on Taxation................     8
                                                                      6
                Office of the Attending Physician..........     8
                                                                      6
                Office of Congressional Accessibility 
                    Services...............................     9
                                                                      7
        Capitol Police.....................................    10
                                                                      7
        Office of Compliance...............................    11
                                                                      8
        Congressional Budget Office........................    11
                                                                      8
        Architect of the Capitol (except Senate Office 
            Buildings).....................................    12
                                                                      9
        Library of Congress................................    15
                                                                     13
        Government Printing Office.........................    20
                                                                     16
        Government Accountability Office...................    24
                                                                     17
        Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund............    29
                                                                     18
        John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training 
            and Development................................    29
                                                                     18
Title II--General Provisions...............................    29
                                                                     18
Bill-wide Reporting Requirements...........................
                                                                     18
Additional Views...........................................
                                                                     35

                            SUMMARY OF BILL

    The accompanying bill contains recommendations for new 
budget (obligational) authority for fiscal year 2015 for the 
Legislative Branch. The following table summarizes these 
recommendations and reflects comparisons with the budget and 
with amounts appropriated to date for fiscal year 2014:

                                               SUMMARY OF THE BILL
         [Note.--Excludes Senate items including those Senate items under the Architect of the Capitol]
                                             (Amounts in Thousands)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      FY 2014         FY 2015                        Bill vs.        Bill vs.
         Recapitulation               enacted         request          Bill           enacted         request
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
House of Representatives........       1,180,736       1,200,510       1,180,736           - - -         -19,774
Joint Items.....................          18,994          19,195          18,965             -29            -230
Capitol Police..................         338,459         355,663         347,959          +9,500          -7,704
Office of Compliance............           3,868           4,020           3,959             +91             -61
Congressional Budget Office.....          45,700          46,078          45,700           - - -            -378
Architect of the Capitol........         529,040         567,410         488,565         -40,475         -78,845
Library of Congress.............         578,982         593,066         594,952         +15,970          +1,886
Government Printing Office......         119,300         128,919         122,584          +3,284          -6,335
Government Accountability Office         505,383         525,116         519,622         +14,239          -5,494
Open World Leadership Center....           6,000           8,000           3,420          -2,580          -4,580
Stennis Center for Public                    430             430             430           - - -           - - -
 Service........................
Scorekeeping Adjustment.........          -1,000           - - -          -1,000           - - -          -1,000
                                 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Grand total...............       3,325,892       3,448,407       3,325,892           - - -        -122,515
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                         HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL

    The Committee recommends $3,325,891,946 in discretionary 
resources for operations of the Legislative Branch of 
government (excluding Senate items). The fiscal year 2015 
recommendation is a decrease of $122,514,829 or 3.7% below the 
requested amount and is the same as the fiscal year 2014 level.
    Conforming to longstanding practice under which each body 
of Congress determines its own housekeeping requirements and 
the other concurs without intervention, funds for the Senate 
are not included in the bill as reported to the House. The 
budget request for the Senate for fiscal year 2015 including 
those under the Architect of the Capitol totals $1,016,493,432.
    This bill reflects a continued acknowledgment that the 
Legislative Branch must set itself as an example for fiscal 
restraint while continuing to serve the Nation. This bill will 
require strict fiscal discipline on the part of all 
congressional offices and all agency heads in the Legislative 
Branch.

                    Legislative Branch-Wide Matters

    Zero Base Budgeting.--The Committee continues to be very 
pleased with the results of the zero-base budgeting exercise 
directed to be conducted by all the agencies of the Legislative 
Branch. The Committee believes that this valuable budgeting 
process has given agencies the opportunity to take a fresh look 
at all areas of their operations and make funding reductions 
and alignments within the current budget base. The Committee 
believes that there are continued opportunities to realize 
meaningful savings by carefully reviewing each agency's budget 
requirements from a zero base and directs all agencies to 
continue to develop budget requests from a zero base.
    Committee Requests, Furloughs and Performance Based Merit 
Increases.--The Committee directs that adherence to the 
language carried in House Report 112-148 and 112-511 pertaining 
to Committee Requests, Furloughs, and Performance Based Merit 
Increases be continued unless otherwise so directed.
    Shared Services.--The Committee continues to pursue 
financial management shared services opportunities among all 
the agencies of the Legislative Branch. For example the current 
migration of the Architect of the Capitol financial data into 
the Legislative Branch Financial Management System (LBFMS) 
shared services environment at the Library of Congress is 
estimated to achieve an annual savings of almost $1.4 million 
dollars. This follows on the back of the Capitol Police 
migration that realized an annual savings of $1.8 million 
dollars a year. In addition, the Multi-Agency Financial Audit 
Contract for agencies participating in the LBFMS (Library of 
Congress, Capitol Police, Congressional Budget Office, Office 
of Compliance and the Open World Leadership Center) is 
projected to realize a savings of $1.9 million dollars over the 
life of the contract.
    Further a gap analysis currently being conducted to assess 
the feasibility of migrating the Government Accountability 
Office (GAO) financial data into the LBFMS environment has 
begun. The potential future migration of the GAO into the LBFMS 
is anticipated to achieve additional savings for the 
Legislative Branch by consolidating transaction processing, 
eliminating services level overhead, and reducing further 
financial system audit costs.
    The Committee directs the Legislative Branch Financial 
Managers Council (LBFMC) to prepare a report for the Committee 
on Appropriations on the feasibility of other shared services 
such as general financial transactions processing (e.g., 
accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial systems 
administration, and financial reporting), contracting, 
procurement, travel, human resources and other common 
processes, within the agencies of the Legislative Branch that 
could realize additional savings. This report is to be 
delivered to the Committee on Appropriations of the House and 
Senate no later than December 31, 2014.

               TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS


                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    The Committee recommends $1,180,736,000 for the operations 
and maintenance of the House of Representatives during fiscal 
year 2015. This amount is the same as the current fiscal year 
2014 level and is $19,773,775 below the budget request.

                        House Leadership Offices





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $22,278,891
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        22,724,466
Recommended in the bill...............................        22,278,891


    The Committee recommends $22,278,891 for salaries and 
expenses of staff in House leadership offices for fiscal year 
2015. This amount is the same as the fiscal year 2014 enacted 
level and is $445,575 below the budget request.
    The allocation by office follows:




Office of the Speaker.................................        $6,645,417
Office of the Majority Floor Leader...................         2,180,048
Office of the Majority Whip...........................         1,886,632
Republican Conference.................................         1,505,426
Office of the Minority Floor Leader...................         7,114,471
Office of the Minority Whip...........................         1,459,639
Democratic Caucus.....................................         1,487,258
                                                       -----------------

    Total.............................................       $22,278,891


                  Members' Representational Allowances





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $554,317,732
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       565,404,086
Recommended in the bill...............................       554,317,732


    The Committee recommends $554,317,732 for the 
representational allowances of the Members of the House (MRAs). 
This amount is the same as the fiscal year 2014 enacted level 
and is $11,086,354 below the budget request. This level of 
funding will allow the MRAs to operate at current authorized 
levels as approved by the Committee on House Administration.

                            House Committees





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $147,174,177
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       150,071,660
Recommended in the bill...............................       147,174,177


    The Committee recommends $147,174,177 in total for House 
Committees. This amount is the same as the fiscal year 2014 
enacted level and is $2,897,483 below the budget request.
    This account includes funding for staff salaries and 
official expenses of Committees including equipment, 
telecommunications, printing, and contract services. Funding is 
available until December 31, 2016. This level of funding will 
allow Committees to operate at current levels, as provided for 
in H. Res. 115, the Committee Funding Resolution for the 113th 
Congress.
    Included in the total is $23,271,004 for the Committee on 
Appropriations. The amount provided is the same as the current 
level and $465,420 below the budget request.

                    Salaries, Officers and Employees





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $172,654,864
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       175,225,714
Recommended in the bill...............................       171,344,864


    The Committee recommends $171,344,864 for the salaries and 
expenses of House officers and employees of the various 
activities funded through this consolidated item. This amount 
is $1,310,000 below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and 
$3,880,850 below the budget request.
    The following table summarizes the funding allocation 
provided to each component of the account:




Office of the Clerk...................................       $24,009,473
Office of the Sergeant-At-Arms........................        11,926,729
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer............       113,100,000
Office of the Inspector General.......................         4,741,809
Office of General Counsel.............................         1,340,987
Office of the Parliamentarian.........................         1,952,249
Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House.......         4,087,587
Office of the Legislative Counsel of the House........         8,892,975
Office of Interparliamentary Affairs..................           814,069
Other authorized employees............................           478,986
                                                       -----------------

    Total.............................................      $171,344,864


    Office of the Clerk.--The Committee recommends $24,009,473 
for the Clerk of the House. This amount is the same as the 
fiscal year 2014 enacted level and is $629,500 below the budget 
request.
    The Committee request that the Clerk of the House, the 
Librarian of Congress and the Public Printer work together to 
make available to the public through Congress.gov or FDsys bulk 
data downloads of bill status by the beginning of the next 
Congress.
    Office of the Sergeant at Arms.--The Committee recommends 
$11,926,729 for the Office of the Sergeant At Arms (SAA). This 
amount is $2,850,000 below the fiscal 2014 level and is 
$131,000 below the budget request.
    Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.--The Committee 
recommends $113,100,000 for the Office of the Chief 
Administrative Officer (CAO). This amount is the same as the 
fiscal 2014 level and is $3,063,350 below the budget request.

                        Allowances and Expenses





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $284,310,336
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       287,083,849
Recommended in the bill...............................       285,620,336


    The Committee recommends a total of $285,620,336 for 
allowances and expenses. This amount is $1,310,000 above the 
fiscal year 2014 level and is $1,463,513 below the budget 
request.
    These funds include supplies, materials, administrative 
costs, and Federal tort claims; the costs of official mail for 
the Committees, leadership, and administrative offices; 
employee benefits; miscellaneous items; and Business Continuity 
and Disaster Recovery.
    The following table summarizes the funding allocation 
provided to each major component of the account:




Supplies, materials, administrative costs and Federal         $4,152,789
 tort claims..........................................
Official mail (committees, administrative, and                   190,486
 leadership offices)..................................
Government contributions..............................       256,635,776
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.............        16,217,008
Transition Activities.................................         3,737,000
Wounded Warrior Program...............................         2,500,000
Office of Congressional Ethics........................         1,467,030
Miscellaneous items...................................           720,247
                                                       -----------------

    Total, allowances and expenses....................      $285,620,336


                       Administrative Provisions

    Section 101 provides for unspent amounts remaining in 
Members' Representational Allowances account to be used for 
deficit or debt reduction.
    Section 102 prohibits the delivery of bills and 
resolutions.
    Section 103 prohibits the delivery of printed copies of the 
Congressional Record.
    Section 104 places a limitation on amount available to 
lease vehicles.
    Section 105 places a limitation on print copies of the U.S. 
Code.

                              JOINT ITEMS

    The Committee recommends $18,965,000 for fiscal year 2015 
for the various joint committees and activities carried under 
this heading. The recommendation is $29,000 below the fiscal 
year 2014 level and is $230,000 below the budget request.

                        JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................        $4,203,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................         4,270,000
Recommended in the bill...............................         4,203,000


    The Committee recommends $4,203,000 for the Joint Economic 
Committee. This recommendation is the same as the current level 
and is $67,000 below the budget request.
    The Joint Economic Committee was created by the Employment 
Act of 1946. The primary tasks of the Committee are to review 
economic conditions and to recommend improvements in economic 
policy. The Committee performs research and economic analysis 
and monitors and analyzes current economic, financial, and 
employment conditions.

                      JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $10,004,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        10,149,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        10,004,000


    The Committee recommends $10,004,000 for the Joint 
Committee on Taxation (JCT). This recommendation is the same as 
the current level and is $145,000 below the budget request.
    The Joint Committee on Taxation operates under the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 and its predecessors dating to the Revenue 
Act of 1926. It has responsibility to (1) investigate the 
operation and effects of internal revenue taxes and the 
administration of such taxes; (2) investigate measures and 
methods for the simplification of such taxes; (3) make reports 
to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate 
Committee on Finance (or to the House and the Senate) on the 
results of such investigations and studies and to make 
recommendations; and (4) review any proposed refund or credit 
of income or estate and gift taxes or certain other taxes set 
forth in Code section 6405 in excess of $2,000,000. In addition 
to these functions that are specified in the Internal Revenue 
Code, the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires the Joint 
Committee to provide revenue estimates for all tax legislation 
considered by either the House or the Senate.

                   OFFICE OF THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................        $3,400,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................         3,371,000
Recommended in the bill...............................         3,371,000


    The Committee recommends $3,371,000 for the Office of the 
Attending Physician. This amount is $29,000 below the current 
level and is the same as the budget request.

             OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................        $1,387,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................         1,405,000
Recommended in the bill...............................         1,387,000


    The Committee recommends $1,387,000 for the operation of 
the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services. This amount 
is the same as the current level and is $18,000 below the 
budget request.
    The Office of Congressional Accessibility Services is a 
successor office to the Special Services Office following 
enactment of the Capitol Visitor Center Act of 2008 (Public Law 
110-437).

                             CAPITOL POLICE

    The Committee recommends a total of $347,959,000 for the 
Capitol Police (USCP). This amount is $9,500,000 above the 
fiscal year 2014 level and is $7,704,000 below the budget 
request.

                                Salaries





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $279,000,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       291,403,000
Recommended in the bill...............................       286,500,000


    The Committee recommends $286,500,000 for the salaries and 
benefits authorized for police services throughout the USCP 
jurisdiction. This amount is $7,500,000 above the fiscal year 
2014 level and is $4,903,000 below the budget request.
    Using the latest salary estimates from USCP, the Committee 
expects this level of funding to support a staffing level of 
1,775 of the 1,800 authorized sworn positions and 370 of the 
authorized 443 civilian positions.
    The recommendation for USCP funding is based on only 
critical requirements necessary to mitigate and address threats 
and risks. It does not provide for any new initiatives.
    Operational Deployment.--With the exception of the United 
States Capitol Police (USCP) Dignitary Protective Details, no 
USCP operational deployment outside of the greater Washington 
DC area in support of the House of Representatives is allowable 
unless the USCP Plan of Action (POA) includes a detailed cost 
analysis and is approved by the House Sergeant at Arms (HSAA). 
At a minimum the cost analysis should include the number of 
personnel deployed, dates and method of travel, cost of 
airfare, cost of per diem, number of hotel nights and 
associated cost, and all rental vehicles and associated cost. 
The HSAA shall make a determination no later than five business 
days prior to the first expected travel date. Within thirty 
days after the deployment a full report documenting the exact 
cost of the trip shall be submitted to the HSAA. In addition, 
the USCP is to report quarterly to the House Committee on 
Appropriations the individual deployment, total personnel 
deployed and total associated cost.
    New Posts.--The Committee continues to direct the USCP to 
notify the Committee on Appropriations of the House and Senate 
when new posts are created, including the annualized cost of 
maintaining the new post, and how the cost will be offset.
    Access to House Office Buildings.--The Committee is 
extremely concerned about access to the House Office Buildings. 
The importance of access to the legislative branch of 
government by constituents, visitors, tourists and general 
public is central to our democratic process, and all who come 
to visit their Representatives must have timely entrance to the 
House Office Buildings. The Committee finds that the existing 
wait-times for the general public visiting the House Office 
Buildings as unacceptable during certain periods of the day. 
Therefore, the Chief is directed to explore all options to 
remedy this problem, to include the opening of additional doors 
to the House office buildings during certain peak periods, the 
use of additional magnetometers at existing points of entry, 
and the additional use of hand magnetometers to pre-screen the 
public at key access points. All of these options should be 
accomplished through the use of existing manpower without the 
use of additional overtime. The Chief is directed to work with 
the Sergeant at Arms of the House to develop an actionable plan 
that will ensure public access to the House Office Buildings is 
remedied during heightened periods of public visitation. The 
Chief should also work with the Architect of the Capitol to 
determine if interior reconfiguration can be performed at the 
entrances which can presently only accommodate one 
magnetometer. This actionable plan must be submitted to the 
House Committee on Appropriations no later than April 23, 2014.

                            General Expenses





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $59,459,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        64,260,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        61,459,000


    The Committee recommends $61,459,000 for all general 
expenses of the USCP. This amount is $2,000,000 above the 
fiscal year 2014 level and is $2,801,000 below the budget 
request.

                          OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE


                         Salaries and Expenses





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................        $3,868,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................         4,020,000
Recommended in the bill...............................         3,959,000


    The Committee recommends $3,959,000 for the Office of 
Compliance. This amount is $91,000 above the fiscal year 2014 
level and is $61,000 below the budget request.
    The Office of Compliance was established to administer and 
enforce the Congressional Accountability Act (Public Law 104-
091). The Act applies various employment and workplace safety 
laws to Congress and certain Legislative Branch entities.

                      CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE


                         Salaries and Expenses





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $45,700,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        46,078,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        45,700,000


    The Committee recommends $45,700,000 for the Congressional 
Budget Office (CBO). This is the same as the fiscal year 2014 
level and is $378,000 below the budget request.

                        ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $529,039,946
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................    \1\567,410,000
Recommended in the bill...............................      488,564,946

\1\Does not include Senate office buildings.

    The Committee recommends $488,564,946 for fiscal year 2015 
for the activities of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). 
Excluded are Senate items which are traditionally left for 
consideration by that body. This amount is $40,475,000 below 
the fiscal year 2014 level and is $78,845,054 below the budget 
request.
    Within the recommended level the Committee continues its 
prioritization of projects that: (1) promote the safety and 
health of workers and occupants, (2) decrease the deferred 
maintenance backlog, and (3) invest to achieve future energy 
savings. In addition, by including $70,000,000 for the House 
Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund, the bill 
continues the Committee's commitment to advance planning for 
major capital renewal projects which will be essential to 
sustaining the performance of historic House buildings.
    Project Costing Methodology.--The Committee directed, in 
House Report 113-173, the Government Accountability Office 
(GAO) to review the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) project 
costing methodology. The Committee had concerns that 
considering the current fiscal environment the AOC may not have 
been taking into account all the variables that contribute to 
the development of project cost estimates. The AOC's ability to 
generate reliable cost estimates is very important to informing 
the Committees' funding decisions and enabling the AOC to 
effectively request funding across competing projects. The GAO 
report (GAO-14-333) has outlined some issues that need to be 
addressed and the Committee expects the AOC to take appropriate 
and necessary corrective action.
    The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, 
development, and preservation of the United States Capitol 
Complex. This includes mechanical and structural maintenance of 
the Capitol, Congressional office buildings, the Library of 
Congress buildings, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Power 
Plant, and other facilities, as well as the upkeep and 
improvement of the grounds surrounding the Capitol complex. The 
following table summarizes the allocation of funds by 
appropriation account:




Architect of the Capitol:
    General Administration............................       $91,555,000
    Capitol building..................................        53,126,000
    Capitol grounds...................................        11,993,000
    House of Representatives buildings subtotal.......       141,622,000
        House office buildings........................      (71,622,000)
        Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund..      (70,000,000)
    Capitol Power Plant...............................        93,152,000
    Library buildings and grounds.....................        41,733,000
    Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds and Security....        19,486,000
    Botanic Garden....................................        15,022,946
    Capitol Visitor Center............................        20,875,000
                                                       -----------------
        Total.........................................      $488,564,946


                         General Administration





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $90,276,946
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        96,433,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        91,555,000


    The Committee recommends $91,555,000 for personnel 
services, equipment, communications, and other central support 
activities of the AOC. This amount is $1,278,054 above the 
fiscal year 2014 level and is $4,878,000 below the budget 
request.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$91,555,000.

                            Capitol Building





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $61,376,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        57,545,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        53,126,000


    The Committee recommends $53,126,000 for the operation, 
maintenance, and care of the Capitol building. This amount is 
$8,250,000 below the fiscal year 2014 level and is $4,419,000 
below the budget request.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$24,309,000. The recommended project budget of $28,817,000 is 
composed of the following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
                         Item                            recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dome Restoration, Phase IIC, Rotunda.................        $21,222,000
Exterior Stone and Metal Preservation, South                   2,527,000
 Extension, Phase IIA................................
West Grand Stair Enclosure...........................          1,568,000
Minor Construction...................................          3,500,000
                                                      ------------------
    Total............................................        $28,817,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                            Capitol Grounds





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $13,860,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        14,366,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        11,993,000


    The Committee recommends $11,993,000 for the care of the 
grounds surrounding the Capitol. This amount is $1,867,000 
below the fiscal year 2014 level and is $2,373,000 below the 
budget request.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$9,993,000. The recommended project budget of $2,000,000 is 
composed of the following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
                         Item                            recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Minor Construction...................................         $2,000,000
                                                      ------------------
    Total............................................         $2,000,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                         House Office Buildings





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $141,622,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       178,934,000
Recommended in the bill...............................       141,622,000


    The Committee recommends $141,622,000 for the operation, 
maintenance, and care of the House office buildings. This 
amount is the same as the fiscal year 2014 level and is 
$37,312,000 below the budget request.
    This amount includes $16,000,000 for the full year lease 
cost of the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Office Building. The 
bill also includes $70,000,000 for the House Historic Buildings 
Revitalization Trust Fund. Public Law 111-68 established the 
Fund to finance major repairs and renovations to facilities of 
the House. Subject to approval of the Committee on 
Appropriations of the House, the AOC may use these funds for 
major renovation projects to preserve and maintain the 
performance of the iconic buildings of the House of 
Representatives.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$64,622,000. The recommended project budget of $7,000,000 is 
composed of the following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
                         Item                            recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Minor Construction...................................         $7,000,000
House Historic Building Revitalization...............         70,000,000
                                                      ------------------
    Total............................................        $77,000,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                          Capitol Power Plant





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $116,678,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        94,990,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        93,152,000
Offsetting collections................................         9,000,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total available...................................      $102,152,000


    The Committee recommends $93,152,000 for the Capitol Power 
Plant. This amount is $23,526,000 below the fiscal year 2014 
level and is $1,838,000 below the budget request.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$93,466,000. The recommended project budget of $8,686,000 is 
composed of the following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
                         Item                            recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
West Refrigeration Plant Chiller System Replacement,          $4,686,000
 Phase IIIS..........................................
Minor Construction...................................          4,000,000
                                                      ------------------
    Total............................................         $8,686,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                     Library Buildings and Grounds





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $53,391,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        62,756,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        41,733,000


    The Committee recommends $41,733,000 for the care and 
maintenance of the Library buildings and grounds. This amount 
is $11,658,000 below the fiscal year 2014 level and is 
$21,023,000 below the budget request.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$25,191,000 and a project budget of $16,542,000, including the 
following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
                         Item                            recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Direct Digital Controls Upgrade, Phase II, JMMB......         $3,706,000
Infrastructure UPS Replacement, Main Data Center,              4,500,000
 Phase I, JMMB.......................................
Book Conveyor & Pneumatic Messenger System Removal &           2,425,000
 Infrastructure Repair's, JAB........................
Fall Protection, JMMB................................          3,911,000
Minor Construction...................................          2,000,000
                                                      ------------------
    Total............................................        $16,542,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

            Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds, and Security





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $19,348,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        25,605,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        19,486,000


    The Committee recommends $19,486,000 for Capitol Police 
buildings, grounds, and security. This amount is $138,000 above 
the fiscal year 2014 level and is $6,119,000 below the budget 
request.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$18,486,000 and a project budget of $1,000,000, including the 
following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
                         Item                            recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Minor Construction...................................         $1,000,000
                                                      ------------------
    Total............................................         $1,000,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                             Botanic Garden





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $11,856,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        15,686,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        15,022,946


    The Committee recommends $15,022,946 for salaries and 
expenses of the Botanic Garden. This amount is $3,166,946 above 
the fiscal year 2014 level and is $663,054 below the budget 
request.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$9,900,000 and a project budget of $5,122,946, including the 
following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Exterior Stone Repair and Roof Replacement...........         $3,022,946
Minor Construction...................................          2,100,000
                                                      ------------------
    Total............................................         $5,122,946
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Again the Committee congratulates the Botanic Garden on the 
accomplishments of its education and outreach programs, which 
have leveraged the Garden's unparalleled expertise to provide 
unique educational opportunities. The Committee urges the 
Garden to continue forming partnerships with national and local 
organizations to advance these educational goals.

                         Capitol Visitor Center





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $20,632,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        21,095,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        20,875,000


    The Committee recommends $20,875,000 for the operation of 
the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). This amount is $243,000 above 
the fiscal year 2014 level and $220,000 below the budget 
request.
    There are no capital projects in fiscal year 2015.
    The CVC was established to improve security for all persons 
working in or visiting the U.S. Capitol and to enhance the 
educational experience of visitors.

                        Administrative Provision

    Section 1001 prohibits funding in this Act from being used 
for scrims containing photographs of building facades during 
restoration or construction projects.

                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

    The Committee recommends $594,952,000 for the operations of 
the Library of Congress. This is $15,970,000 above the fiscal 
year 2014 level and $1,886,000 above the budget request. In 
addition to the appropriation, the Committee recommends 
offsetting collections of $39,932,000.
    Established by Congress in 1800, the Library of Congress is 
one of the largest libraries in the world, with a collection of 
more than 130,000,000 print, audio, and video items in 460 
languages. Among its major programs are acquisitions, 
preservation, administration of U.S. copyright laws by the 
Copyright Office, research and analysis of policy issues for 
the Congress by the Congressional Research Service, and 
administration of a national program to provide reading 
material to the blind and physically handicapped. The Library 
maintains a significant number of collections and provides a 
range of services to libraries in the United States and abroad.

                         Salaries and Expenses





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $405,702,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       414,502,000
Recommended in the bill...............................       417,707,000
Offsetting collections................................         6,350,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total available...................................      $424,057,000


    The Committee recommends $417,707,000, plus authority to 
spend $6,350,000 in receipts, for the salaries and expenses 
appropriation. This amount is $12,005,000 above the fiscal year 
2014 level and is $3,205,000 above the budget request. The 
Committee has provided an additional $1,000,000 for the 
Teaching with Primary Sources program to be used to increase 
competitive opportunities for developing online interactive and 
apps for classroom use on Congress and civic participation. In 
addition the Committee has provided $400,000 for the purchase 
of books law and $2,180,000 for the purchase of books general.
    The Committee expects the $3,810,000 remainder from the 
one-time cost for the financial system migration be applied 
proportionately to all Library of Congress, Salary and Expenses 
activities to partially offset the impact of the sequestration.
    The Committee expects the Veterans History Project and the 
Civil Rights History Project will be maintained at least at the 
fiscal year 2014 levels.
    Office of Strategic Initiatives.--The Committee believes 
that information technology is critical to ensuring that all 
Library programs and services continue to meet the challenges 
and opportunities before them. The Committee stated in House 
Report 112-148 which accompanied the fiscal year 2012 
Appropriation bill that ``the major information technology 
requirements of Library organizations will only be met through 
Library-wide collaboration''. The Committee report further 
directed ``the Librarian of Congress to consider managing 
within the Office of the Librarian all Library information 
technology planning and resource allocation to ensure that 
information technology requirements are properly prioritized 
and those resources are effectively used''.
    In order to be assured that Library information technology 
requirements, are being met through a robust Library-wide 
collaboration and planning process which properly prioritizes 
the requirements, of all Library programs, including the 
Congressional Research Service, the Copyright Office and the 
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically 
Handicapped, the Committee directs the Government 
Accountability Office (GAO) to review the actions taken by the 
Library to manage the information technology supporting its 
programs and operations, including an evaluation of the extent 
in which the Library:
    Addresses in the Library's strategic planning the 
information technology and related resources required to meet 
the agency's strategic goals and objectives;
    Has established goals for, and measures the contribution 
of, information technology support for Library programs and 
operations;
    Manages the selection, control, and evaluation of 
information technology investments through a capital planning 
and investment control process;
    Uses best practice system development techniques, such as 
incremental development, to provide cost effective and timely 
delivery of information technology acquisitions;
    Has established an information technology governance 
structure, with a Chief Information Officer (CIO), with 
authority to exercise control and oversight of information 
technology management functions; and lastly
    Has established a program which effectively provides 
information security and privacy protections for the 
information and information systems that supports the 
operations and assets of the Library.
    The Committee further directs that periodic progress 
reports/meetings be provided to the Committee regarding this 
review and that a final report be provided to the Committee on 
Appropriations of the House and Senate no later than March 31, 
2015.
    Preservation.--The Committee acknowledges the challenges 
the Library faces to preserve its rich and diverse collections, 
by balancing the allocation of existing resources in support of 
multiple preservation strategies. This strategy includes, but 
is not limited to cold storage, reformatting, conservation, 
binding, deacidification, and reformatting embrittled books 
through digitization. It was in the interest of supporting one 
of the Library's most important preservation strategies that 
the Committee provided funding to support construction of the 
fifth environmentally controlled collections storage module at 
the Fort Meade complex. With the ever increasing shrinking 
dollars within the entire Federal budget, the Committee 
understands and supports a balanced realignment of funding that 
will best address all the elements and programs of the 
Preservation Directorate. The Committee has included $1,000,000 
for a $5,500,000 base funding for the Preservation Directorate 
to continue the 30 year program of mass deacidification. In 
addition, the Committee has provided $2,000,000 for compact 
shelving at the Library's Packard Campus.
    Unfunded FTE's.--The Committee fully understands that 
funding reductions over the past years has resulted in 
authorized but unfunded Full-Time-Equivalent's (FTE's). 
Currently the Library has an excess of authorized but unfunded 
FTE's Library wide. The Committee directs the Library to make 
appropriate reductions in all appropriations under, the heading 
Library of Congress, and reflect those downward adjustments in 
the fiscal year 2016 budget request.

                            Copyright Office





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $18,180,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        19,486,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        20,721,000
Offsetting collections................................        33,582,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total available...................................       $54,303,000


    The Committee recommends $20,721,000, plus authority to 
spend $33,582,000 in receipts, for the Copyright Office. This 
is $2,541,000 above the fiscal year 2014 level and $1,235,000 
above the budget request. The Committee has included $750,000 
to reduce the claims and process processing time for copyright 
registrations and $1,500,000 to conduct business analysis for 
the business process engineering of the document recordation 
function. The Committee directs that the Copyright Office will 
submit an obligation plan for approval to the Committee on 
Appropriations of the House and Senate as related to the 
funding for the document recordation function.

                     Congressional Research Service





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $105,350,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       108,382,000
Recommended in the bill...............................       106,095,000


    The Committee recommends $106,095,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Congressional Research Service (CRS). This 
amount is $745,000 above the fiscal year 2014 level and 
$2,287,000 below the budget request.
    CRS works for Members and committees of Congress to support 
their legislative, oversight, and representational functions by 
providing nonpartisan and confidential research and policy 
analysis.

             Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $49,750,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        50,696,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        50,429,000


    The Committee recommends $50,429,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the National Library Service for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped (NLS). This amount is $679,000 above the 
fiscal year 2014 level and $267,000 below the budget request.
    The NLS has successfully administered a free national 
reading program for blind and physically handicapped residents 
of the United States and U.S. citizens living abroad since 
1931. NLS provides direction for the production of books and 
magazines in braille and recorded formats and audio playback 
machines for distribution through a nationwide network of 56 
regional and 65 sub-regional libraries.

                        Administrative Provision

    Section 1101 authorizes obligational authority for 
reimbursable and revolving funds.

                       GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

    The recommendation provides $122,584,000 in budget 
authority for the Government Printing Office (GPO), in addition 
to any offsetting collections which the GPO may earn under 
separate authority. This amount is $3,284,000 above the fiscal 
year 2014 level and is $6,335,000 below the budget request.
    GPO provides publishing and dissemination services for 
Federal government publications to Congress, Federal agencies, 
Federal depository libraries, and the American public.

                   Congressional Printing and Binding





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $79,736,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        85,400,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        79,736,000


    The Committee recommends $79,736,000 for Congressional 
Printing and Binding. This amount is the same as the fiscal 
year 2014 level and is $5,664,000 below the budget request. The 
amount is provided as a lump sum to cover various categories of 
printing.

                 Office of Superintendent of Documents





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................       $31,500,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        32,171,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        31,500,000


    The Committee recommends $31,500,000 for the salaries and 
expenses of the Superintendent of Documents. This amount is the 
same as the fiscal year 2014 level and is $671,000 below the 
budget request.
    The Office of Superintendent of Documents account funds the 
mailing of government documents for Members of Congress and 
Federal agencies, as statutorily authorized; the compilation of 
catalogs and indexes of government publications; and the 
cataloging, indexing, and distribution of government 
publications to the Federal Depository and International 
Exchange libraries and to other individuals and entities, as 
authorized by law.

               Government Printing Office Revolving Fund





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................        $8,064,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................        11,348,000
Recommended in the bill...............................        11,348,000


    The Committee has provided $11,348,000 for the Revolving 
Fund an increase of $3,284,000 above the fiscal year 2014 level 
and is the same as the budget request. This amount provides the 
full funding request for continued development and 
infrastructure costs associated with FDsys $5,332,000, 
Composition System replacement for upgrading XML $3,500,000 and 
facilities projects $2,516,000.
    The bill continues language authorizing the operation of 
the revolving fund and authority to hire or purchase 
automobiles, advisory councils, and consultants.

                    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE


                         Salaries and Expenses





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................      $505,383,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................       525,116,000
Recommended in the bill...............................       519,622,000
Offsetting Collections................................        23,750,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total available...................................      $543,372,000


    The Committee recommends $519,622,000 in direct 
appropriations for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 
plus $23,750,000 in offsetting collections derived from 
reimbursements for conducting financial audits of government 
corporations and rental of space in the GAO building. This 
amount is an increase of $14,239,000 above the fiscal year 2014 
level, and is $5,494,000 below the budget request.
    GAO was established by the Budget and Accounting Act of 
1921. Formerly known as the General Accounting Office, it was 
renamed by Public Law 108-271. GAO works for Congress by 
responding to requests for studies of Federal Government 
programs and expenditures. GAO may also initiate its own work.
    Center for Audit Excellence.--The Committee believes:
    (1) The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a global 
leader in developing, applying, and interpreting Government 
Auditing Standards and other guidance relevant to federal, 
state, local and international audit institutions.
    (2) There is a worldwide demand for an organization like 
the GAO to assume a leadership role in building institutional 
auditing capacity and promoting good governance by providing 
affordable, relevant, and high quality training, technical 
assistance, and products and services to personnel and 
organizations through-out the domestic and international 
auditing communities.
    (3) The GAO is well positioned to establish a Center for 
Audit Excellence that will serve not only as a means to improve 
domestic audit capabilities, but also as a national tool for 
promoting good governance, political and economic stability, 
transparency, and accountability around the world.
    (4) Because the United States has become increasingly 
dependent on global supply chains to ensure reliable access to 
a wide range of essential products, including food, medicine, 
and advanced technologies, promotion of high quality audit 
institutions and governance standards will serve the safety and 
well-being of the American people.
    (5) Such a Center could also provide reciprocal benefits to 
the GAO by enhancing institutional expertise, expanding its 
domestic and global networks, and strengthening staff 
experience and professional development.
    Therefore, the Committee has included language establishing 
the Center for Audit Excellence to be operated on a fee-based 
basis. The Committee directs the GAO to prepare and submit a 
business plan for the Center to the Committee on Appropriations 
and Oversight and Government Reform of the House.

                        Administrative Provision

    Section 1201 establishes the Center for Audit Excellence to 
be operated on a fee-based basis.

                Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................        $6,000,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................         8,000,000
Recommended in the bill...............................         3,420,000


    The Committee recommends $3,420,000 which is $2,580,000 
below the current fiscal year and $4,580,000 below the request. 
Given the circumstances in Russia, the Committee has not 
recommended 43% of the program, or $2,580,000, which supports 
participants from Russia. The Committee encourages the Center 
to do more in Ukraine and surrounding regions.

   John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development





Appropriation, fiscal year 2014.......................          $430,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2015......................           430,000
Recommended in the bill...............................           430,000


    The Committee recommends $430,000 for fiscal year 2015 this 
amount is the same as the fiscal year 2014 level and is the 
same as the budget request.

                      TITLE II--GENERAL PROVISIONS

    The customary language regarding emergency assistance for 
vehicles, fiscal year limitation, positions and allowances, 
consulting services, the Legislative Branch Financial Managers 
Council, the maintenance and landscaping on Washington Avenue 
SW., a limitation on transfers of funds and language regarding 
maintaining staff-led tours. (sections 201-208). In addition 
section 209 is a provision related to the Legislative 
Reorganization Act of 1946 and section 210 provides for a 
spending reduction account.

              HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPORT REQUIREMENTS

    The following items are included in accordance with various 
requirements of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

                 Comparison with the Budget Resolution

    Section 308(a)(1)(A) of the Congressional Budget Act 
requires the report accompanying a bill providing new budget 
authority to contain a statement comparing the levels in the 
bill to the suballocations submitted under section 302(b)of the 
Act for the most recently agreed to concurrent resolution on 
the budget for the applicable fiscal year. That information is 
provided in the table headed ``Comparison of Reported Bill to 
Section 302(b) Suballocation.''

                                            [In millions of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                               302(b) Allocation              This bill--
                                                         -------------------------------------------------------
                                                              Budget                      Budget
                                                             authority      Outlays      authority      Outlays
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Comparison of amounts in the bill with Committee
 allocations to its subcommittees: Subcommittee on
 Legislative Branch
    Discretionary.......................................          $4,258      $4,332          $3,326   \1\$3,495
    Mandatory...........................................             132         131             132      \1\131
        Total...........................................          $4,390      $4,463          $3,458     $3,626
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\Includes outlays from both House and Senate prior-year budget authority.
Note.--Bill amounts exclude discretionary Senate-related items.

                      Five-Year Outlay Projections

    In compliance with section 308(a)(1)(B) of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-344), as 
amended, the following table contains five-year projections 
prepared by the Congressional Budget Office of outlays 
associated with the budget authority provided in the 
accompanying bill:

                        [In millions of dollars]



Budget Authority......................................            $3,326
Outlays:
2015..................................................          \2\2,909
2016..................................................               366
2017..................................................                79
2018..................................................                32
2019..................................................               18

\2\Excludes outlays from prior-year budget authority.

               Assistance to State and Local Governments

    Pursuant to section 308(a)(1)(C) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974, (Public Law 93-344), as amended, the amount 
of financial assistance to State and local governments is as 
follows:
    The accompanying bill contains no funding for State and 
local assistance programs.

                          Program Duplication

    No provision of this bill establishes or reauthorizes a 
program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of 
another Federal program, a program that was included in any 
report from the Government Accountability Office to Congress 
pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139, or a program 
related to a program identified in the most recent Catalo of 
Federal Domestic Assistance.

                          Directed Rule Making

    The bill does not direct any rule making to the Executive 
Branch.

                           Transfer of Funds

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following lists the transfers of 
funds included in the accompanying bill:
    Indefinite transfer authority is authorized in Joint items 
disbursed by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House, 
Library of Congress, Congressional Printing and Binding, the 
Superintendent of Documents, and the Capitol Police programs.

                              Rescissions

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following details the rescissions 
in the accompanying bill:
    The accompanying bill contains no rescissions.

         Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following is a statement of 
general performance goals and objectives for which this measure 
authorizes funding:
    The Committee on Appropriations considers program 
performance, including a program's success in developing and 
attaining outcome-related goals and objectives, in developing 
funding recommendations.

                  Appropriations Not Authorized by Law

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following lists the 
appropriations in the accompanying bill which are not 
authorized by law for the period concerned:
    The accompanying bill contains no appropriations not 
authorized by law.

                                Earmarks

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, this bill, as reported, contains no 
Congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of rule XXI.

               Changes in the Application of Existing Law

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)(A) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the following statements are 
submitted describing the effect of provisions in the 
accompanying bill that directly or indirectly change the 
application of existing law:
    1. The bill provides that certain appropriation items 
remain available for more than one year, where programs or 
projects are continuing in nature under the provisions of 
authorizing legislation but for which that legislation does not 
specifically authorize such extended availability.
    2. The bill includes a number of provisions which place 
limitations on or change or extend existing limitations, 
appropriations, or authorizations, and which under some 
circumstances might be construed as changing the application of 
existing law.
    3. The bill continues the practice of providing official 
reception and representation allowances for officers and 
offices of the Legislative Branch.
    4. The bill authorizes disbursal of funds for various 
agencies.
    5. The bill authorizes transfer authority between accounts 
for certain agencies in the bill.
    6. The bill includes language allowing the use of funds for 
studies and examinations of executive agencies and temporary 
personnel services. Funds can also be available for 
reimbursement to agencies for services performed.
    7. The bill includes language providing funds for the 
Family Room, the Superintendent of Garages, Office of Emergency 
Management, and preparing the Digest of Rules.
    8. The bill includes language providing funds for House 
motor vehicles, interparliamentary receptions, and gratuities.
    9. The bill requires unspent funds remaining in Members' 
Representational Allowances to be used for deficit or debt 
reduction.
    10. The bill includes language that prohibits funds being 
used for the delivery of bills and resolutions.
    11. The bill includes language that prohibits funds being 
used for the delivery of the Congressional Record.
    12. The bill includes language that places a limitation on 
the amount that a Member can spend on a leased vehicle per 
month.
    13. The bill includes language that places a limitation on 
printed copies of the US Code for the House of Representatives.
    14. The bill authorizes allowances for employees of the 
Office of the Attending Physician and provides reimbursement to 
the Department of the Navy.
    15. The bill authorizes expenses of the Capitol Police for 
motor vehicles, communications and other equipment, uniforms, 
weapons, supplies, materials, training, medical services, 
forensic services, stenographic services, personal and 
professional services, the employee assistance program, the 
awards program, postage, communication services, travel 
advances, and relocation expenses.
    16. The bill provides that the cost of Capitol Police basic 
training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center be paid 
by the Department of Homeland Security.
    17. The bill allows the Architect of the Capitol to 
purchase or exchange, maintain, and operate two passenger motor 
vehicles.
    18. The bill includes authorization allowing reimbursements 
for chilled water and steam provided to the Government Printing 
Office, the Washington City Post Office, the Supreme Court, the 
Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Union Station 
Complex, and the Folger Shakespeare Library to be credited to 
the AOC Capitol Power Plant appropriation and made available 
for obligation.
    19. The bill allows the Architect of the Capitol to expend 
funds to maintain, care for, and operate the National Garden.
    20. The bill contains language that prohibits the Architect 
of the Capitol from expended funds for scrims containing 
photographs of building facades during restoration or 
construction projects.
    21. The bill provides the authority to expend funds 
collected under the authority of 2 U.S.C. 150 and for 
international legal information, the balance to remain 
available until expended.
    22. The bill establishes that the amount available for 
obligation by the Library of Congress is reduced by offsetting 
collections.
    23. The bill provides funds for the digital collections and 
educational curricula program, the American Folklife Center, 
and the Civil Rights History Project.
    24. The bill allows the Library of Congress to hire or 
purchase one passenger motor vehicle.
    25. The bill allows funds from offsetting collections to be 
used for the Library's Copyright Office.
    26. The bill includes language authorizing the expenditure 
of receipts, with the exception of salaries and benefits, for 
the administration of the Copyright Royalty Judges program.
    27. The bill contains language which provides that no funds 
in the Congressional Research Service can be used to publish or 
prepare material to be issued by the Library of Congress unless 
approved by the appropriate committees.
    28. The bill provides funds to provide newspapers to the 
blind and physically handicapped.
    29. The bill contains language under the Library of 
Congress placing a limitation on obligations for Reimbursable 
and Revolving Fund activities.
    30. The bill contains language restricting the use of funds 
appropriated to the Government Printing Office for the 
permanent edition of the Congressional Record for individual 
Representatives and Senators, Resident Commissioners, or 
Delegates, and language providing that appropriations 
recommended shall be available for the payment of obligations 
incurred under appropriations for similar purposes for 
preceding fiscal years, limiting the printing of certain 
documents to a time certain, and authorizing the transfer of 
unobligated balances.
    31. The bill includes authorization of appropriations for 
Congressional printing and binding.
    32. The bill includes language authorizing the Office of 
Superintendent of Documents to pay for printing certain 
publications in prior years for the depository library program. 
There is language authorizing the transfer of unexpended 
balances.
    33. There is language authorizing the operation of the 
Government Printing Office revolving fund, and which authorizes 
travel expenses for advisory councils, the purchase of not more 
than 12 passenger motor vehicles and that the revolving fund 
may be used to provide information in any format.
    34. The bill includes language relating to the Government 
Accountability Office, authorizing the direct procurement of 
expert and consultant services under 5 U.S.C. 3109 at certain 
rates; authorizing the hire of one passenger motor vehicle, as 
required by 31 U.S.C. 1343; authorizing the Government 
Accountability Office to make advance payments in foreign 
countries in accordance with 31 U.S.C. 3324; and providing 
certain benefits, including rental of living quarters in 
foreign countries. Appropriations are authorized for 
administrative expenses of any other member department or 
agency to finance an appropriate share of the costs of the 
National Intergovernmental Audit Forum or a Regional 
Intergovernmental Audit Forum.
    35. There is language authorizing the Center Audit 
Excellences under the Government Accountability Office.
    36. In Section 201, there is language prohibiting the use 
of funds in the Act for the maintenance or care of private 
vehicles except for emergency assistance and cleaning as may be 
provided under regulations relating to parking facilities for 
the House issued by the Committee on House Administration and 
for the Senate by the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    37. Section 203 provides that whenever any office or 
position not specifically established by the Legislative Pay 
Act of 1929 is appropriated for herein, or whenever the rate of 
compensation or designation of any position appropriated for 
herein is different from that specifically established for such 
position by such Act, the rate of compensation and the 
designation of the position, either appropriated for or 
provided herein, shall be the permanent law with respect 
thereto: Provided that the provisions herein for the various 
items of official expenses of Members, officers, and committees 
of the Senate and House, and clerk hire for Senators and 
Members shall be the permanent law with respect thereto.
    38. Section 204 requires that certain information regarding 
consulting services shall be a matter of public record.
    39. Section 205 authorizes Legislative Branch entities to 
share the costs of the Legislative Branch Financial Managers 
Council.
    40. Section 206 authorizes the Architect of the Capitol to 
maintain certain property.
    41. Section 207 limits the transfer of funds in this Act.
    42. Section 208 prohibits funds in this Act being used to 
eliminate or restrict staff led guided tours.
    43. Section 209 is a provision regarding the Legislative 
Reorganization Act of 1946.
    44. Section 210 provides for a spending reduction account, 
excluding Senate items.

          Compliance With Rule XIII, Cl. 3(e) (Ramseyer Rule)

    In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new 
matter is printed in italic, existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):

TITLE 31, UNITED STATES CODE

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SUBTITLE I--GENERAL

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              CHAPTER 7--GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE


           SUBCHAPTER I--DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL ORGANIZATION

Sec.
701. Definitions.
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               SUBCHAPTER VII--CENTER FOR AUDIT EXCELLENCE

791. Center for Audit Excellence.
792. Account.
793. Authorization of appropriations.

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              SUBCHAPTER VII--CENTER FOR AUDIT EXCELLENCE

Sec. 791. Center for Audit Excellence

  (a) Establishment.--The Comptroller General shall establish, 
maintain, and operate a center within the Government 
Accountability Office to be known as the ``Center for Audit 
Excellence'' (hereafter in this subchapter referred to as the 
``Center'').
  (b) Purpose and Activities.--
          (1) In general.--The Center shall build institutional 
        auditing capacity and promote good governance by 
        providing affordable, relevant, and high-quality 
        training, technical assistance, and products and 
        services to qualified personnel and entities of 
        governments (including the Federal government, State 
        and local governments, tribal governments, and 
        governments of foreign nations), international 
        organizations, and other private organizations.
          (2) Determination of qualified personnel and 
        entities.--Personnel and entities shall be considered 
        qualified for purposes of receiving training, technical 
        assistance, and products or services from the Center 
        under paragraph (1) in accordance with such criteria as 
        the Comptroller General may establish and publish.
  (c) Fees.--
          (1) Permitting charging of fees.--The Comptroller 
        General may establish, charge, and collect fees (on a 
        reimbursable or advance basis) for the training, 
        technical assistance, and products and services 
        provided by the Center under this subchapter.
          (2) Deposit into separate account.--The Comptroller 
        General shall deposit all fees collected under 
        paragraph (1) into the Center for Audit Excellence 
        Account established under section 792.
  (d) Gifts of Property and Services.--The Comptroller General 
may accept and use conditional or non-conditional gifts of 
property (both real and personal) and services (including 
services of guest lecturers) to support the operation of the 
Center, except that the Comptroller General may not accept or 
use such a gift if the Comptroller General determines that the 
acceptance or use of the gift would compromise or appear to 
compromise the integrity of the Government Accountability 
Office.
  (e) Sense of Congress Regarding Personnel.--It is the sense 
of Congress that the Center should be staffed primarily by 
personnel of the Government Accountability Office who are not 
otherwise engaged in carrying out other duties of the Office 
under this chapter, so as to ensure that the operation of the 
Center will not have a negative impact on the ability of the 
Office to maintain a consistently high level of service to 
Congress.

Sec. 792. Account

  (a) Establishment of Separate Account.--There is established 
in the Treasury as a separate account for the Government 
Accountability Office the ``Center for Audit Excellence 
Account'', which shall consist of the fees deposited by the 
Comptroller General under section 791(c) and such other amounts 
as may be appropriated under law.
  (b) Use of Account.--Amounts in the Center for Audit 
Excellence Account shall be available to the Comptroller 
General, in amounts specified in appropriations Acts and 
without fiscal year limitation, to carry out this subchapter.

Sec. 793. Authorization of Appropriations

  There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be 
necessary to carry out this subchapter.

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                          Full Committee Votes

    Pursuant to the provisions of clause 3(b) of rule XIII of 
the House of Representatives, the results of each roll call 
vote on an amendment or on the motion to report, together with 
the names of those voting for and those voting against, are 
printed below:
    There were no roll call votes.
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      ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF NITA LOWEY AND DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    The fiscal year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill 
provides $3.3 billion, an amount equal to the fiscal year 2014 
level, not including Senate items. This bill conforms to the 
overall discretionary levels set in the Bipartisan Budget Act 
of 2013. It is a first step towards normalcy needed by agencies 
to operate efficiently without threat of shutdown and 
Continuing Resolutions.
    The fiscal year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill 
was developed in consultation with the minority and was truly a 
bipartisan effort. While the details of the bill are acceptable 
we must highlight the negative effect of years of inadequate 
funding for House of Representatives operations.
    This bill provides level funding for Member offices and 
Committees. When considered through a long lens, the fact that 
we are not restoring funding cuts causes concern for 
constituent service, policy analysis, and outreach efforts. 
Member office budgets have been cut by 16 percent just since 
2010. Those cuts severely strain the House's ability to serve 
the American people. Most Members have fewer staff to handle 
constituent issues. Unless we return to sensible funding 
levels, we cannot stave off the further erosion of expertise 
and morale in the House. According to a 2013 survey by the 
Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human 
Resource Management, 51 percent of staff cites compensation as 
a significant factor in their decision to leave their current 
House job.
    House Committees have been cut by 14 percent since 2010. 
The Congressional Research Service reported in August 2010 that 
House Committee staff levels declined 28 percent between 1977 
and 2009. Senate Committee staff levels have seen an increase 
of 14.94 percent over the same time frame. Not restoring 
funding cuts to House Committees have only served to compound 
the decline in staff.
    There is no question that these cuts will continue to have 
a harmful effect on this institution--on our ability to retain 
the best and brightest, and to serve our constituents most 
effectively. We need to consider how continuing these stark 
funding levels affect our ability to compete with the Executive 
Branch and the Senate for the best talent.
    This bill begins the process of improving the business 
practices of the Copyright Office. In the Library of Congress 
fiscal year 2015 budget hearing, the Register of Copyrights 
made a compelling case to bring the US copyright system into 
the 21st century with business practices that provide for 
improved interaction with the copyright community. This bill 
starts that process by investing $1.5 million in much-needed 
information technology improvements for the Copyright Office. 
The bill also carves out $750,000 to deal with the copyright 
backlog which grew larger over the last few years as they lost 
staff due to tightening budgets. In the digital age it is 
important that government systems that deal regularly with the 
public use the latest technology to interact with its 
stakeholders.
    In the Capitol Police fiscal year 2015 budget hearing and 
during subcommittee mark up, we heard from Members on both 
sides of the aisle about the impact that door closures have had 
on our constituents and staff. That is why this bill includes 
language requiring the Chief of the Capitol Police to remedy 
the long-lines to enter the House buildings. The Capitol Police 
and their security measures are often the first impression with 
visitors from around the world to this great Democratic 
institution. It is imperative that we balance security and 
access as Congress must remain available to the people we 
serve.
    In conclusion, we note that the bill does include a 
provision to block the pay adjustment for Members of Congress. 
This provision may suggest that Member pay is germane to the 
Legislative Branch Appropriations bill but it is not. Member 
pay is not appropriated in this bill as it is a mandatory 
spending item.

                                   Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
                                   Nita M. Lowey.