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staff, however, would be very pleased to present the additional supporting documents to the Committee at any time.

CUTBACK IN EXECUTIVE DIRECTION STAFF

Question: In 1980, BLS has 277 staff for "Executive Direction and Staff Services." Even after all the recent budget cuts, you still have 254 administrative "overhead" staff. Can't you make a Migger reduction in Executive Direction staff?

Answer: The Executive Direction budget activity currently comprises 13 percent of the total BLS staff. Of the total number of 254 positions, approximately 100 positions are involved in what could be referred to as "overhead" functions such as personnel, adget, accounting, administrative support (mail, procurement, telephone and equipment services, building and

work space management, etc.); and management information and support. Also seluded in this total is the Commissioner and her very small immediate office staff. The remaining Executive Direction positions are in the offices of: (1) Field Operations, (2) Publications, (3) Statistical Operations, and (4) Research and Evaluation. These offices also carry out functions in direct rapport of the Bureau's major program

(Prices, Wages, Esployzent, etc.) on a Bureau-wide basis, thus their location for budget presentation purposes in the Executive Direction budget retivity.

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Staffing in these various offices has been reduced in recent years and now is barely consistent with workload and operational uirements. Further reductions would place in serious jeopardy to be Bureau's ability to meet the legal and administrative requirements to operate the agency as well as those imposed by such agencies as OMB, DOL, GAO, GSA, OPM as well as the Congress.

BLS REGIONAL OFFICES

Question: How many staff are assigned to the 8 BLS regional sífices?

Answer: Currently, there are 468 full-time authorized S&E positions in the 8 BLS regional offices. This includes positions funded by individual survey programs as well as Executive Direction resources responsible for overall administrative, inquiries and correspondence, etc.

Question: What work is carried out by the regional offices?

Answer: Regional offices are responsible for the collection and processing when appropriate) for all primary data required for sational and local programs. These include the following:

The Consumer Price Index Program
b. The Produce Price Index Program

The International Price Program
d. The Employment Cost Index Program

Occupational Wage Survey Program (including (1) the
annual survey of Professional, Administrative,
Technical and Clerical salaries for use in
setting Federal white collar pay, (2) surveys of

wages in 70 metropolitan areas and (3) surveys of
wages and benefits in 10 industries.)

In addition, the Regional Offices provide program direction to cooperating State agencies in a broad range of BLS Federal/State statistical programs which provide National, State and local data on industry employment, hours and earnings, occupational employment statistics, insured employment and wages, and occupational safety and health. In this connection the Regional Offices:

Provide technical assistance to cooperating State agencies
in handling technical statistical problems that arise;

Provide training to staff of cooperating State agencies when
turnover occurs and when changes in statistical programs or
statistical techniques are introduced;

Monitor statistical operations in cooperative State agencies
to assure the smooth integration of interdependent
State/National functions;

Review and certify the quality of data produced.

Finally, the Regional Offices through the Regional Commissioners and their staffs provide advice and counsel to the business community, commerce and trade associatons, local governments, labor organizations the academic community, and the general public on the uses of BLS data. These services are of particular importance to business firms who are respondents or potential respondents in BLS surveys, and are vital to eliciting their cooperation which, except for the safety and health statistics program where cooperation is mandated by legislation, is given on a totally voluntary basis.

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Answer: It is important to remember that the Regional Offices are the production center of the Bureau. The Bureau's statistical series that are establishment-based start first with the data collected in the field. Efforts are continuously underway to streamline methods of operation in the field to make them more cost-effective. Even though field operations have been reduced in the last two budget cycles as a result of cuts in both program operations and administrative overhead--by 11 S&E full-time positions in FY 1981 and another 46 in 1982--activities to improve the effectiveness of field operations have been, and will continue to be, underway as follows:

(a) Emphasizing on the cross-training of regional

staff to enable each individual to be utilized

in the most efficient way.
(b) Scheduling work to maximize staff utilization

and minimize travel costs,
(c) Modifying organizational structure to bring about a

reduction in the number of supervisory positions and
to reduce overhead costs,

(a) Monitoring and controlling grade levels and non-labor

costs to minimize expenditures wherever possible,

(e) Reviewing and modifying where possible collection and

processing methodology to take advantage of the most cost efficient technology.

BLS CUTS IN THE 12 PERCENT REDUCTION

Question: What Bureau of Labor Statistics programs will be reduced or eliminated at the 12 percent reduction level? Please provide a detailed list

for the record, indicating savings associated with each cutback.

Answer: Bureau programs that have been eliminated as a result of the 12 percent reduction shown below together with estimate of the savings associated with each cutback.

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Programs

Savings (in $OOO's)

646.0

1.

Labor Turnover..

2.

Current Population Survey: Sample reduction
and May Supplement and related activities........

5,149.0

3. Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Research

contracts to improve methodology; national system
for exchange of nonresident claims data; and
analysis of LAUS data...,

701.6

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Work Stoppage Statistics: Reduction in coverage
to major disputes only......

468.4

10.

Occupational Wage Surveys: Reduction of about
5 surveys....

1,113.2

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13. Reductions in Occupational Outlook Handbook and

economic growth model and related projections....

592.4

14. Administrative reductions (All activities).......

2,162.4

BLS Total...

$14,765.0

SUBCOMMITTEE RECESS

Senator RUDMAN. The subcommittee will now stand in recess until Tuesday, March 16, to meet at 10 a.m., in this room to begin Department of Education hearings on fiscal year 1983 budget requests.

Thank you.

Mr. ZUCK. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

[Whereupon, at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 15, the subcommittee was recessed, to reconvene at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 16.)

DEPARTMENTS OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1983

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 1982

U.S. SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS,

Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 11 a.m., in room 1114 Everett McKinley Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon. Warren Rudman presiding.

Present: Senator Rudman.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

STATEMENT OF ALBERT ANGRISANI, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF LABOR ACCOMPANIED BY:

ROBERTS T. JONES, ADMINISTRATOR, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT

ASSISTANCE T. C. KOMAREK, ACTING ADMINISTRATOR, OFFICE OF FINANCIAL

CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
WILLIAM B. LEWIS, ADMINISTRATOR, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
SERVICE

SUBCOMMITTEE PROCEDURE
Senator RUDMAN. The subcommittee will come to order.

Today we are going to hear testimony concerning the fiscal year 1983 budget request for Federal employment and training programs. The budget proposes a major consolidation of existing programs through new legislation to replace the expiring Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. A controversial part of this proposal would also eliminate the existing jobs for the elderly program authorized under title V of the Older Americans Act. The only parts of the budget not subject to proposed legislative changes are those for State employment service and unemployment insurance operations.

Here to explain these proposals is Al Angrisani, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training. Mr. Secretary, if you would just introduce your associates and go ahead with whatever opening remarks you would like to make.

INTRODUCTION OF ASSOCIATES Mr. ANGRISANI. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I have on my left Tom Komarek, our Chief Financial Officer.

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