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October 16, 2015

GAO Releases List of Restricted Reports


Comptroller General Gene Dodaro oversees the GAO. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Comptroller General Gene Dodaro oversees the GAO. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Government Accountability Office released its list of “restricted reports” this week to better inform lawmakers, congressional staff, government employees and the public about its investigations.

The Federation of American Scientists first reported the list was launched this week. A spokesperson for the GAO said the decision to list the reports stemmed from complaints from lawmakers that they were not always aware the reports existed. Full story

September 14, 2015

New Library of Congress CIO Looks to Right the Ship


(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For the first time since 2012, the Library of Congress has a permanent chief information officer to oversee technology at the more than 200-year-old institution.

Bernard A. Barton Jr. became the new CIO on Sept. 8, taking the helm of information technology at the library which was the subject of a scathing Government Accountability Office report in April. Full story

July 14, 2015

Should Congressional Research Service Reports Be Public?


apitol Hill Club on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lance says the information in CRS reports belongs to the American people. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The walls between members of the public and Capitol Hill’s exclusive division of policy and legal analysts are too tall, according to transparency advocates both inside and outside of Congress.

Such sentiment is prompting their calls to lawmakers with jurisdiction over the Library of Congress and the House clerk’s office to examine making public the highly regarded work of the Congressional Research Service. Full story

July 8, 2015

Lawmakers Disturbed by Suspension of Suspected Capitol Police Whistleblower


Blunt wonders whether Capitol Police are being forthcoming. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Blunt wonders whether Capitol Police are being forthcoming. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As a matter of policy, members of Congress usually refrain from commenting on personnel issues related to the force of 1,775 officers sworn to protect them. But when it comes to fallout for bodyguards who protect top GOP leaders leaving their guns in publicly accessible bathrooms, some lawmakers are criticizing Capitol Police’s top brass.

“We need to do everything we can to protect whistleblowers,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., reacting to CQ Roll Call’s report that Capitol Police have suspended a sergeant in the Capitol division, allegedly in retribution for a suspected leak. Full story

July 7, 2015

Rotunda Closing Changes Capitol Tour Route


Capitol tours will be modified to adjust to the Rotunda closing this summer. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol tours will be modified to adjust to the Rotunda closing this summer. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the Rotunda closing for six weeks this summer, Capitol tour guides will be offering a modified tour of the Capitol, that does not include National Statuary Hall.

According to Capitol Visitor Center spokesperson Sharon Gang, the Small Senate Rotunda will be added to the Capitol tour route while the Rotunda is closed. The route will also include tour staples such as the orientation film, the Capitol Crypt and the Old Supreme Court Chamber. Gang wrote in an email last week that, “The route is accessible to individuals with mobility issues.” Full story

Senators Weigh In on Capitol Police Hiring


 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Police union alleges department brass is circumventing the agency’s mandatory retirement age of 57 to hire back friends. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Handing over some of the duties currently performed by Capitol Police officers to civilian employees may be one way to better utilize the department’s nearly $348 million budget, Senate appropriators have suggestedbut the efforts to do so have caused tension with the union — including allegations of “double-dipping.” Full story

June 22, 2015

Questions Surround Proposed Library of Congress Program


Blunt's amendment launches a new program for Library of Congress workers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Blunt is pushing for a new program for Library of Congress workers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One influential senator is pushing for a program to help Library of Congress workers address their workplace grievances, but no one is exactly sure yet how it will work.

On June 11, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., added language to the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that would launch a pilot program at the library, giving LOC workers access to the same processes for resolving workplace disputes as House and Senate workers. Full story

June 15, 2015

Senators Working to Address Food Service Worker Issue


Schatz called for higher wages for Senate workers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Schatz called for higher wages for Senate workers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

More than six weeks after reports of low-paid Senate food-service workers shocked lawmakers, senators are in the process of finding the best avenue to address the situation.

At a June 11 markup for the Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, the senators in charge of the subcommittee of jurisdiction said they will continue to work on the issue while the Senate’s food service contract is in flux.

Full story

June 2, 2015

Mayor of Capitol Hill Convenes Oversight Hearing With House Officers


Candice Miller

Miller wants to look at Capitol Police chain of command and cybersecurity. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As part of her informal role as mayor of the chamber, House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., is ramping up oversight of some of the daily operations of the institution.

Three top officials who work largely behind-the-scenes in the House, handling everything from floor proceedings and Capitol security to office furnishings, payroll and cafeteria operations on a budget of around $150 million, will talk to Miller about their priorities during a Wednesday congressional hearing. Full story

May 27, 2015

Blimps Over Capitol: Just Hot Air?


The Office of Naval Research worked with Science & Technology International  to develop blimps for the war on terrorism. (Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

The Office of Naval Research worked with Science & Technology International in 2003 to test blimps for the war on terrorism. (Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

Coming soon to a Capitol skyline near you: Giant blimps at 10,000 feet?

The woman at the helm of the House Administration Committee thinks the Capitol needs eyes in the sky, after authorities failed to detect Florida mailman Douglas Hughes’ April 15 gyrocopter flight.

Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., visited U.S. Customs and Border Patrol ground stations along the Southern border in January and was amazed at the clarity of the Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS. She is suggesting the “sophisticated technology” might suit the Capitol. Full story

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