CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. ___ under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage, on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. The bill was introduced on November 15, 2010 by Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA) and referred to the Committee on House Administration, which took no official action.
The bill would authorize the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to increase the number of AOC employees with salaries fixed in relation to Senior Executive Service scale. The bill would authorize the AOC to fix the rate of basic pay for up to 32 employees at a level not to exceed the highest total rate of pay for Senior Executive Service ($179,700 according to the Office of Personnel Management). Under current law, the AOC is only authorized 12 positions at the Senior Executive Service pay rate.
In addition, the bill would authorize the AOC to use funds appropriated for “Capitol Police Buildings and Grounds’’ since FY 2007 to acquire property for use by the Capitol Police. Property could be acquired through “purchase, lease, transfer from another Federal entity, or otherwise.”
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) receives annual funding through the Legislative Branch appropriations bill. According to the Congressional Research Service, the AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of the United States Capitol Complex. The AOC’s jurisdiction includes the Capitol and its grounds, House and Senate office buildings, Library of Congress buildings and grounds, Capitol Power Plant, Botanic Garden, Capitol Visitor Center, and Capitol Police buildings and grounds. In FY 2010, the AOC received $601.6 million in appropriated funding—an increase of 13.6 percent over the FY 2009 period. FY 2010 funding also included $27 million for Capitol Police buildings and grounds, which was an increase of 42 percent above the $19 million provided in FY 2009.
A CBO estimate of the cost of this legislation was unavailable as of press time.