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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.
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
The International Price Program
Occupational Wage Survey Program (including (1) the
wages in 70 metropolitan areas and (3) surveys of
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
Provide training to staff of cooperating State agencies when
Monitor statistical operations in cooperative State agencies
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.
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.
and minimize travel costs,
reduction in the number of supervisory positions and
(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.
Savings (in $OOO's)
Current Population Survey: Sample reduction
3. Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Research
contracts to improve methodology; national system
Work Stoppage Statistics: Reduction in coverage
Occupational Wage Surveys: Reduction of about
13. Reductions in Occupational Outlook Handbook and
economic growth model and related projections....
14. Administrative reductions (All activities).......
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.
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
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
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.