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June 23, 2015

Leave the Guns at Home, House Official Warns

UNITED STATES - MARCH 13: President Barack Obama arrives to the Capitol for a meeting with the House Republican Conference to discuss the upcoming expiration of the debt limit. House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, appears at right. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Irving, right, warned against bringing a firearm to the Capitol, even if the owner has a license to carry in another jurisdiction. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Daggers, dirks, brass knuckles — leave them at home when you come to the Capitol, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving cautioned members and staff Tuesday.

“This is a reminder that certain items that are legal in a Member’s district are prohibited in the District of Columbia,” Irving stated in the memo obtained by CQ Roll Call. Full story

June 18, 2015

Staff, Lawmakers Gather to Pray for Charleston (Video)

Senate Chaplain Barry Black offers a prayer at the vigil. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Chaplain Barry Black offers a prayer at the vigil. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

More than 100 staffers and members of Congress gathered on the East Front of the Capitol shortly after noon Thursday to bow their heads in prayer for the victims of the shooting in Charleston, S.C.

A gunman opened fire during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night, killing nine, including the pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. Shortly before the vigil, news broke that police in North Carolina had apprehended the suspected gunman: 21 year-old Dylann Roof. The shooting shocked the nation and the staffers and lawmakers from the region were visibly shaken as they gathered Thursday. Full story

June 17, 2015

Demands for Resignations, More Answers Follow OPM Breach (Video)

Meadows called for Archuleta's resignation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Meadows called for Archuleta’s resignation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers continue to look for answers about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breaches affecting millions of federal workers, with some House members calling for the director’s resignation.

“It is outrageous that after the biggest data breach in our nation’s history, OPM has yet to fire a single individual,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said in a statement Wednesday. “It is time that Director [Katherine] Archuleta step down and be replaced with someone prepared to immediately address cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the agency.”

Meadows chairs the Government Operations Oversight Subcommittee. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, also reportedly told the press after Tuesday’s hearing on the breach that he believed Archuleta should resign.

Full story

June 16, 2015

OPM Breach Includes Congressional Staffers (Video)

Connolly, left, said one of his staffers was affected by the breach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Connolly, left, said one of his staffers was affected by the OPM breach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As government officials answered questions about the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach, former and current congressional staffers processed the notices they are receiving from the agency that they, too, were affected by the breach.

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., told CQ Roll Call Tuesday that his press secretary, George Burke, who has never worked for the executive branch, received a notice from the OPM saying his personal identifiable information may have been compromised. Connolly said he spoke with someone in the office of the House Chief Administrative Officer, and it appeared that congressional staffers who had a break in their service, activating their retirement status, were affected by the breach. Full story

Watch Live: House Oversight Hearing on OPM Data Breach

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on an Office of Personnel Management data breach announced earlier this month. Reports have linked Chinese hackers to the breach, which may have exposed personal information of more than 14 million current and former government employees.

Witnesses from OPM and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to testify.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m. Full story

June 12, 2015

Ex-Staffer Pleads Guilty After Trying to Frame Carl DeMaio

DeMaio lost his bid in the wake of the scandal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

DeMaio lost his bid in the wake of the scandal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the campaign staffers in the late-breaking scandal that helped sink Republican Carl DeMaio’s 2014 congressional bid pleaded guilty Friday to an obstruction of justice charge for lying to federal agents about the source of a threatening email that he sent himself.

Todd Bosnich, the fired campaign policy director who in October 2014 accused DeMaio of sexual harassment, agreed to a plea deal with the U.S. attorney’s office that will likely land him on probation, rather than prison. Bosnich used a fake email account to send a threatening message to his own personal account, then lied to the FBI about its source, according to court documents obtained by CQ Roll Call. Full story

June 10, 2015

Botched Delivery, Renewed Hope for Doug Hughes’ Cause

Lane was on the Hill Wednesday to deliver Hughes' letter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lane was on the Hill Wednesday to deliver Hughes’ letter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Douglas Hughes and Joe Lane share a lifelong fascination with flight, passionate outrage over the influence of organized money on the legislative process and  after Wednesday  the mutual experience of failing to get their concerns across to Capitol Hill in the way they intended.

“My guess is that people inside Congress don’t want to be embarrassed by me delivering this letter. That’s just my guess. And they’re going to do everything they can to discourage me from trying,” said Lane, who rode the train to D.C. from his home in Connecticut with 535 copies of the letter that Hughes tried to deliver via gyrocopter on April 15. He will return with zero, though the delivery did not go according to plan. Full story

June 5, 2015

Most Legislative Workers Likely Not Affected by OPM Hack

Cassidy (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cassidy sent a notice about the OPM breach to House staff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

According to House and Senate administrators, congressional staffers have likely not been affected by the Office of Personel Management data breach affecting millions of federal government workers, unless a congressional staffer once worked for the executive branch.

“Unless you were employed previously in the executive branch of the federal government there is no indication at this time that your personally identifiable information (PII) was compromised,” Chief Administrative Officer for the House Ed Cassidy wrote in a notice sent to House staff Friday afternoon. Full story

June 4, 2015

Intern Might Get Another Shot at Working for Jenkins After Gun Arrest

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02: From left, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., conduct a news conference after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol, December 2, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jenkins, right, is “open” to intern Josh Wheeler completing his internship in her Kansas office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

His prospects for a summer congressional internship dashed by gun charges, Joshua Wheeler waived his right to the preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Thursday morning in hopes of lifting a judge’s order to stay away from Capitol grounds.

The Capitol Police officer seated in the back row of the courtroom exited shortly before Wheeler’s lawyer told the D.C. Superior Court judge of his client’s decision to forego the hearing. An affidavit filed Tuesday detailed the cop’s alleged discovery of an unloaded 9mm handgun in Wheeler’s black bag, the arrest and his statement to authorities that he purchased the handgun in Kansas and drove to Washington with it in his vehicle. Full story

June 2, 2015

Intern to Police: ‘I Didn’t Think That Was in There’

(Scott J. Ferrel/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Scott J. Ferrel/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The intern arrested for bringing an unloaded 9mm handgun to work allegedly told Capitol Police, “I didn’t think that was in there,” after officers discovered the semi-automatic weapon in his bag Monday.

Joshua Wheeler, 25, told police he had planned to go to the gun range with a relative over the weekend, “but didn’t get to go,” according to documents filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court. Wheeler claimed he saw the magazine in his bag before he came to work Monday morning, and took it out. Full story

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