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March 28, 2015

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March 27, 2015

After Schock: House to Review Spending Rules

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Committee on House Administration announced Friday it is reviewing regulations governing lawmaker spending. The announcement comes in the wake of Illinois Republican Aaron Schock’s resignation due to improper spending of his congressional funds.

House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said in a statement that the committee “will review current House regulations and explore ways to strengthen the regulations governing official expenses, as well as ways to enhance the training and educational opportunities available to assist each office with compliance.” Full story

March 25, 2015

House Officials Not Impressed With Vitter’s Obamacare Probe

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vitter is investigating congressional health care. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As part of his ongoing investigation into congressional enrollment in Obamacare, Sen. David Vitter is taking on the House of Representatives, asking Speaker John A. Boehner to push House officials to comply with his inquiry. But neither the speaker’s office nor other House officers seem likely to do so.

“I am writing to advise you of my efforts and also to request any assistance that you or your office can offer in obtaining the cooperation of the House of Representatives in this important investigation,” the Louisiana Republican wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Boehner. Full story

March 24, 2015

Bipartisan Pair Volunteers to Get Schooled on House Ethics

Cicilline, right, said he wants to set an example for other lawmakers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cicilline, right, teamed up with Rigell to attend an ethics training workshop. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On the heels of Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation announcement, two of the Illinois Republican’s House colleagues paid a timely visit to the congressional ethics police.

Reps. Scott Rigell, R-Va., and David Cicilline, D-R.I., made a Monday afternoon appointment with House Ethics Committee staff to get schooled on congressional ethics, taking advantage of what Cicilline described as a “natural time” to think about the rules governing the behavior of members and how those rules are enforced. Full story

March 18, 2015

Schock Fallout: Rules Subject to Interpretation

Schock is a member of the committee that governs how offices can spend funds. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schock is a member of the committee that governs how offices can spend funds. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Aaron Schock’s downfall marks another high-profile lawmaker felled by ethics troubles. But don’t expect Congress to ramp up efforts at self-policing.

Some say interpretation of right and wrong when it comes to office expenditures is pretty basic.

“I think the rules are clear enough for people to interpret those on their own,” said Rep. Gregg Harper, who serves with the Illinois Republican on the House Administration Committee, the panel responsible for divvying up the annual appropriations each lawmaker receives.

“Rules are pretty simple to follow,” added Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla.

Full story

March 4, 2015

Craigslist for Congress? Farr Makes Far-Fetched Pitches

Farr, right, wants to streamline tour booking for staff assistants. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Farr, right, wants to streamline tour booking for staff assistants. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Trying to find housing near the Capitol? Selling a bike? Need to locate lost jewelry?

Right now, cork bulletin boards outside the Hill’s cafeterias serve as the only official space for staffers to post such notices. But Rep. Sam Farr wants the House to follow the lead of other large employers by creating an online system to make such transactions simpler.

Full story

February 11, 2015

Phone Scammers Target Congressional Offices

Congressional offices have been warned of fraudulent phone calls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional offices have been warned about fraudulent phone calls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Security officials are warning Capitol Hill employees to be alert for telephone scams targeting congressional offices, a reminder that Internet-calling technology makes phone calls as big a threat to Congress as cyberattacks.

On Monday, the Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms sent out a notice about illegal phone phishing incidents, involving callers trying to elicit sensitive information about the Senate network, including IP addresses, files present on Senate computers and how to obtain remote access. Full story

February 10, 2015

After Years of Cuts or Freezes, Committee Leaders Hope to Bolster Budgets

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is among the committee chairmen asking for more funding. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Goodlatte is among the committee chairmen asking for more funding. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After several years of budget cuts, congressional committees are looking to rebuild in the 114th Congress, and have been making their case over the past week for more funds.

The House Administration Committee held a day-long hearing on Feb. 4 and will hold another Wednesday to discuss committee budgets. Each committee’s chairman and ranking member will present budget requests, with many asking for increases and others pleading for no further cuts. Full story

February 9, 2015

New House Cybersecurity Policies Show Ongoing Threat

Miller has announced new cybersecurity procedures. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Miller’s panel has announced new cybersecurity policies. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the wake of recent cyberattacks, the House has instituted new policies to strengthen cybersecurity, but some lawmakers acknowledge more must be done to address the ever-changing threat.

The Committee on House Administration sent an electronic “Dear Colleague” letter to congressional offices recently, detailing the new policies aimed at bolstering staff cybersecurity training and centralizing the security structure. Full story

January 27, 2015

Cannon Parking Garage Now for Members Only (Updated)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:15 p.m.| New parking rules adopted Tuesday dictate that only members of Congress will be allowed to park in the Cannon House Office Building parking garage.

“Due to the Cannon construction, only members with a Cannon-designated member plate can now park in the Cannon garage, which is new this year,” House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said at the committee’s organizational meeting Tuesday morning, where the new rules were adopted. Full story

January 6, 2015

GOP Moves to Shore Up Rules for Congressional Caucus Employees

Scalise proposed a change to give caucuses their own accounts. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Scalise proposed a change to give caucuses their own accounts. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After revelations that may have hurt the Republican brand, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is pushing through a rule change that could strengthen the largest member organizations, such as the Republican Study Committee, in the 114th Congress.

The Louisiana Republican, who formerly served as chairman of the RSC, proposed an amendment to the GOP rule package aimed at creating a stable payroll system for staff of congressional member organizations and making hiring more transparent. His “Congressional Member Organization Transparency Reform” amendment was adopted during a closed-door caucus meeting on Monday night. Full story

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