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Office of the Secretary
Question: Based on the 31 FTE's in FY 86 and FY 87, hov many full time equivalents were consumed or on-board in TY 86 and proposed for TI 87?
Answer: There are 32 employees on-board at the present tine in the Office of the Secretary and in FY 87 this Office proposes 31 FTES.
Question: Your FY 87 budget proposes another $27,000 or a 14* increase over FY 86 for travel. What specific travel plans are proposed to justify this increase? Provide the Committee vith a more detailed breakdown of travel expenses for FY 86 and FY 87.
Answer: The total obligational authority for Office of the Secretary travel for FY 86 is $305,000. This reflects reallotment of FY 85 unobligated balances of $112,000. The FY 87 request of $220,000 is therefore a decrease from FY 86 planned obligations of $305,000. A further breakdown of travel expenses for FY 86 and FY 87 is as follows:
International Travel to attend international events and meet
Domestic Travel in support of Departmental Program and
Question: Explain the need for $2,000 for special training programs for staff?
Answer: The training funds requested in the FY 87 budget are for the purpose of providing appropriate management training for the staff of the Office of the Secretary, thus precluding the use of training funds from another DOE organization.
Management and Administration
Question: Please explain the need for $8.1 million increase requested in FY 87. Indicate the total requests for M&A for FY 85, 86 and 87 including FTE's requested and consumed.
Answer: The $8.1 million increase requested in FY 1987 for Management and Administration reflects additional funding needs in salaries and expenses, travel and contractual services and supplies.
An increase of $3.3M in Salaries and Expenses is requested to fully fund 1,117 FTEs, an increase in average salaries, within-grade increases, promotions, a new legal requirement regarding Relocation Income Tax Allowance, an increase in Workmen's Compensation payments and increased costs of SES Rank and Performance Awards. The $.5M increase in Travel will provide additional support for the review and assessment of field programs and policy implementation, and increased support for the Departmental Training Program for advanced managment and project management training programs. The $6.5M increase in Contractual Services and Supplies is attributed to fixed costs for Standard Level User Charges wherein GSA sets the rates. These increases are offset by a $2.2M decrease in capital equipment.
The total requests for Management and Administration for FY 1985, FY 1986 and FY 1987 including FTEs requested and consumed is as follows:
1/ FY 85 request in the FY 86 Congressional Budget Request.
423 FTES consumed to date for FY 1986. Projected FY 1986
Question: Please explain the need for an increase for the operations offices. Provide a breakdown for each activity at each office in FY 85, 86 and FY 87.
Answer: The FY 1986 level of funding reflects new budget authority required at the Operations Offices ad justed for Gramm-Rudman-Hollings. In addition, prior year balances are needed to sustain a current level of operations in FY 1986. Comparing FY 1986 total actual requirements with the FY 1987
request there is an actual decline in projected requirements. In addition, the FY 1987 budget absorbs Increases for fixed costs such as rents, utilities and telecommunications. This is accomplished through greater efficiences and a small reduction of FTE's. The table that provides a budget authority breakdown for each activity by office for FY 1985, 1986 and FY 1987 will be inserted for the record. (The information follows:)
Minority Honors Training Program
Question: Describe the success of the Minority Honors Training Program including industry participation and job placement of graduates.
Answer: Since 1982, the Minority Honors Training Program has provided over 2,000 scholarships to financially needy minority honor students at nine colleges across the country. The program has included Luna Vocational Technical Institute and Northern New Mexico Community College for Hispanic Americans; Bronx Community College in New York for predominately Puerto Rican Americans and Hispanic Americans ; Greenville Technical College in South Carolina and Coahoma Jr. College in Mississippi for predominately Black Americans; Laney College in California for predominately Asian Americans and Black Americans; Hawaii Community College in Hawaii for Asian Americans; Oklahoma State Tech in Oklahoma for predominately Native American Indians; and Anchorage Community College in Alaska for Alaskan Native Americans. Of the total number of graduates from this program nationwide, 86 percent have been placed into jobs, as of December 1985.
Since 1983, the Department of Energy has served as the catalyst to initiate and develop industry participation in working with the two Department of Energy funded northern New Mexico colleges. These "match-making" efforts between the New Mexico energy-related industrials and the two colleges (1) provide better job opportunities to the financially needy honor students; (2) transfer the energy-related technologies to the northern part of New Mexico, and (3) better meet specific needs of the industrials by having them work directly with the colleges and the students. The Department has only undertaken these efforts in New Mexico. Fourteen major New Mexico industrials have, are presently, and will provide specialized training, cooperative training, summer employment, full-time employment after graduation, equipment and cash donations, to the two New Mexico colleges. These industrials include:
10. Sperry Corporation
Question: Why do you propose to cut substantially the Honors Training Program?
Answer: Because of competing funding resources, a program decision was made to transfer funding from the Minority Honors Training Program (two-year colleges) to the Minority Educational Institution Assistance Program (four-year colleges and universities). This decision was made with the intent of spreading limited funding resources from two-year vocational training programs to four-year minority educational institutions for infrastructure development, private sector interrelationships and energy-related science and technology research centers starting in 1986.
Question: List the nine colleges which participate in the Honors Training Program with levels of funding in FY 86 and FY 87.
Luna Vocational Technical Institute
55,000 1/ $121,000
Question: Why are you proposing to eliminate the Minority Educational Institution Assistance Program? Please provide a breakdown of funding by activity and institution for FY 86.
Answer: The Minority Educational Institution Assistance Program will not be eliminated in fiscal year 1987. Due to the lengthy start-up process, $393,000 of the $785,000 appropriated in fiscal year 1986 will be deferred. In 1987 these funds will be used to continue the program. Two other activities of the program, the Minority Institution Research Travel and Direct Technical Assistance will be supported for the remainder of fiscal year 1986.
1/ College to be determined at end of FY 1986.