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Carol C. Henderson

Deputy Director, ALA Washington Office

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HEA II-D.An end-of-session omnibus funding bill (H.J.Res. 395, PL 100-202) assured start-up funding of $3,590,000 for the new technology and cooperation grants for academic libraries under Title II-D of the Higher Education Act. This extraordinary accomplishment, aided by the leadership of Rep. John Porter (R-IL) was the one bright spot in funding for Department of Education library programs for the 1988 fiscal year. Watch for draft regulations for the II-D program; they are expected to be published in the Federal Register about the time you receive this issue.

Other program funding.Most other increases for library programs passed earlier by the House or Senate were wiped out by implementation of the deficit reduction package agreed to by the White House and Congressional leaders. The results for selected library programs are as follows:

(amounts in thousands) FY 1987 Funding FY 1988 House FY 1988 Senate FY 1988 Funding
HEA II-A college libraries $ 0 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
HEA II-B training & research 1,000 1,000 500 718
HEA II-C research libraries 6,000 6,000 6,000 5,744
HEA II-D tech. & coop. 0 5,000 2,500 3,590
HEA III developing instits. 147,208 180,000 138,300 152,370
HEA IV-C college work study 592,500 625,000 614,423 588,249
HEA VI international educ. 27,550 26,550 26,550 25,419
LSCA III interlibrary coop. 18,000 20,000 19,000 18,669
GPO SuDocs 23,763 25,300 25,300 24,662
Library of Congress 239,305 252,786 255,235 247,971
Nat’l Lib. of Medicine 61,838 71,465 70,399 67,910
Nat’l Agricultural Lib. 11,098 11,962 12,795 12,194
NCLIS 683 750 791 718
NEH 138,890 139,640 139,291 140,435
NHPRC 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000
Postal revenue forgone 650,000 556,507 517,000 517,000
FIPSE 12,163 12,163 12,163 11,645
Center for Educ. Statistics 8,747 22,386 20,586 20,953

FCC access charges.Staff of the Federal Communications Commission have indicated by phone that the proposal to impose access charges on "enhanced service providers" or value- added networks will not go into effect January 1 as proposed (CC Docket 87-215). No new date has been set, and no written announcement made; the proposal will simply not be in effect unless and until further notice from the FCC. FCC staff have said the Commission received approximately 20,000 communications on the issue.

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