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"Salaries and expenses.--The bill includes a total of $178,433,000 for necessary salaries and expenses of this Agency to enable it to carry out international information activities as authorized by law. This cotal is made up of $165,433,000 in the item "Salaries and expenses" and $13,000,000 in the item "Salaries and expenses (special foreign currency program)." The total amount allowed is a decrease of $2,867,000 in the total requested and is the same amount as was appropriated for the current fiscal year including pay act costs contained in the Second Supplemental Appropriation Bill, 1970, as passed by the House. "
The House allowed the entire $13.0 million requested for this appropriation. The 1971 estimate provides for the continued financing of local currency costs in those countries designated by the Treasury Department as excess currency countries. for 1971, these countries are Burma, Ceylon, Guinea, India (and Nepal), Israel, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Tunisia, the United Arab Republic, and Yugoslavia.
The increase of $2.2 million requested for this appropriation is made up of $911 thousand for shared administrative support payments previously charged to the dollar appropriation; $405 thousand for continuing costs funded from unobligated balances in 1970; $126 thousand for the net added costs of local salary changes; and $758 thousand for expanded program activities, principally periodical and book publishing programs in India, Ceylon, Pakistan, and Yugoslavia, and for establishment of a reading room at Ljubljana, Yugoslavia.
SALARIES AND EXPENSES (SPECIAL FOREIGN CURRENCY PROGRAM)
SUMMARY OF PERMANENT POSITIONS AND APPROPRIATIONS, FISCAL YEARS 1970 AND 1971
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
a) Includes 70 positions for Osaka Fair.
(1) Page 52, line 25, strike out: "$3,500,000" and insert: "$4,626,000".
This change is requested to provide restoration of funds to meet continuing program activity costs in fiscal year 1971.
"Special International Exhibitions A total of $3,832,000 is recommended for this program of which $332,000 is for payments in foreign currencies which the Treasury Department determines to be excess to the normal requirements of the United States. The amount allowed is an increase of $1,049,000 over the comparable appropriation for the current fiscal year and is a decrease of $1,956,000 from the budget request."
Application of the House Allowance
The House bill allows $3,500,000 in the dollar program for Special International Exhibitions, a reduction of $1,956,000 from the budget request. This amount is $717,000 more than the 1970 appropriation. The materials which follow show the application of the House reduction and the requested restoration by program.
1. Fairs and exhibitions: The 1971 request, $4,656,000, is for a program of
participation in seven international fairs in East Europe and Berlin; full funding of a new U.S. exhibit pursuant to the recent US/USSR Cultural Exchange Agreement, to be circulated beginning in 1971 in six cities of the Soviet Union; and reshowings in Eastern Europe of exhibits originally circulated in the USSR under earlier exchange agreements. The Agency's 1971 restoration request reduces the estimate from $4,656,000 to $3,826,000 by elimination of $830,000 not required until 1972 for the final three showings of the exhibit in the USSR. (Appropriation of these funds can be deferred until the 1972 budget request.) Under the House Allowance, the budget would be further reduced by $966,000, to a total of $2,860,000. This would require elimination of funds, in addition to the $830,000 not requested to be restored, for 1971 costs of exhibits this coming fall in trade fairs in Zagreb and Plovdiv ($261,000), for all projects next spring at the Budapest, Poznan and Berlin Greenweek fairs ($326,000), for advance costs of all Fall-1971 exhibits at Zagreb, Plovdiv and Belgrade ($175,000), for three reshowings of the Architecture exhibit planned in Romania ($180,000), and associated reductions of $24,0co in administrative services and travel costs.
2. Labor Missions: The 1971 request for $200,000 is for a program of
labor missions and special exhibits at three of the East European fairs, and three independent exhibits in Africa and Latin America. Under the House Allowance, the budget would be reduced by $15,500 to $184,500. This cut would require the elimination of the Fall1970 mission planned for Brazil.
3. Trade Missions: The 1971 request of $600,000 provides for a program
of trade promotion by means of a series of 30 industry-organized missions, two Government-organized missions, and eighteen combined mission efforts. Under the House Allowance, the budget would be reduced by $144,500 to a total of $455,500. This cut would require the elimination of eight of the 18 joint missions planned for 1971, and a reduction in the employment rate during the year.
PROGRAM SUMMARY--SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
(In thousands of dollars)
al Includes $183,000 in supplemental pay funds as passed by House.
by As amended by H. Doc. 91-305.