WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA), and Joint Committee on the Library Vice-Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) issued the following statement on the Senate’s vote confirming Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress:
“We congratulate Dr. Carla Hayden on her confirmation to serve as the 14th Librarian of Congress. The Librarian is trusted with overseeing one of our nation’s most treasured institutions; an institution that is deeply rooted in the tradition of advancing knowledge throughout the world. We look forward to working with Dr. Hayden as she leads the Library and undertakes the important task of collecting, preserving, and dispersing a vast collection of educational resources for today’s generation and the generations to come.”
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement on the Speaker’s selection of Phil Kiko as the next U.S. House of Representatives’ Chief Administrative Officer (CAO):
“I fully support the Speaker’s choice of Phil Kiko for the position of CAO. Over the years, Phil has faithfully served the House working in Member and Committee offices, and previously worked in the CAO’s office. His nearly four decades of experience combined with his understanding of House operations and steadfast commitment to the Congress make him the ideal candidate for the job. I congratulate Phil on his appointment as CAO and thank him for his continued dedication to the House and its employees.”
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1310 Longworth House Office Building
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Revitalization
The Committee on House Administration, led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building entitled: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Revitalization. The Committee will receive an update on the current renovation plans to revitalize the National Air and Space Museum from Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and Undersecretary for Finance and Administration Albert Horvath.
Additional information for the Hearing via the Committee Repository.
If you have any questions, please contact the Committee at (202) 225-8281.Persons requiring special accommodations should contact C. Maggie Moore at (202) 225-8281, 48 hours prior to the scheduled hearing.Read More
House takes critical steps toward improving public access and insight to how official resources are spent
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) announced the electronic version of the House Statement of Disbursements (SOD) is now available in an open text format that is fully searchable and sortable. Last year, Chairman Miller (MI-10) and Ranking Member Bob Brady (PA-01) tapped Committee Members Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) & Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to evaluate and review standards and procedures in an effort to clarify House practices and examine the regulations governing official expenses. As a result of the work of the bipartisan Review Group, this change was implemented to create a more transparent and accountable review system in the House.
“Today is a great day for the House of Representatives. Increased transparency and the ease of access to important data is a necessary component of effective government. I commend the efforts of the Committee’s bipartisan Review Group headed up by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) & Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) to continue to modernize the House and enable better public access to government data.”
The SOD for the first quarter of 2016 is now available on House.gov in both CSV and PDF format. The newly available CSV format is fully searchable and sortable and provides easier digital access to House data. Visit http://disbursements.house.gov/ to download the SOD.
This edition of the SOD details payments disbursed from official allowances during January, February, and March of 2016. The House will continue to post the SODs in the CSV format and archive CSV files as the House had been doing with previous PDF versions. The information contained in the SOD has been available to the public and the media on a quarterly basis since 1964 and available online since 2009.
Chairman Miller with U.S. Capitol Police Chief Verderosa
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) today held a hearing on the current state of the United States Capitol Police. The Committee heard from the new U.S. Capitol Chief of Police, Matthew Verderosa, regarding the U.S. Capitol Police’s budget priorities, recent security events and respective actions taken. Additionally, Chief Verderosa addressed the U.S. Capitol Police’s security initiatives, both current and future. Following the hearing, Chairman Miller said:
“The U.S. Capitol Police is a law enforcement agency with a very unique mission. The force is charged with protecting and serving the U.S. Capitol, the seat of our nation’s democracy. The Capitol Complex and the institution of Congress are physical symbols of our free society, and the fact remains that we face threats from numerous directions. Our Committee thanks Chief Verderosa for his testimony today before the Committee on the progress that has been made with ongoing security initiatives to keep the campus and all those who work and visit here safe. The Chief also shared with the Committee his vision to continue to develop the force – working with every level of officer and management to put in place the best solutions for safety and security. Our Committee works with the Capitol Police on a daily basis to ensure that they have the tools, authority, and support needed to keep our Capitol safe and secure for all. We commend each of the U.S. Capitol Police officers on their work in protecting this great institution and the millions of visitors each year.”
WASHINGTON – Today, the Committee on House Administration unanimously passed the Library of Congress Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R.5227), the Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R.4511), and the reauthorizations of both the sound and recording film preservation boards and foundations of the Library of Congress (H.R.4092). The measures now head to the full House for consideration. Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement after the Committee’s markup:
“Today, the Committee acted in a clear and bipartisan way to move forward legislation aimed at enriching the Library of Congress, its mission, and enhancing access to the wonderful educational resources the Library provides.
“I was proud to introduce H.R. 5227, the Library Modernization Act, along with Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) and our Committee’s Vice Chair Gregg Harper (R-MS). This bill grants the National Library Service for the Blind, under the jurisdiction of the Library of Congress, the ability to provide greater access to braille resources, specifically digital braille readers and materials. Increasing this access is of significant importance and a creative and innovative use of today’s modern technology. Additionally, the bill authorizes the creation of a National Collection Stewardship Fund intended to ease the challenges the Library faces with its collection and storage backlog of material infrastructure needs. This fund will use existing appropriated funds which will be reallocated in order to assist with applying sufficient resources for the Library’s needs.
“The Gold Star Families Voices Act, H.R.4511, updates the Library of Congress’ Veterans Oral History Project that was created by Congress in 2000. The project’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible America’s war veterans accounts of events. Currently, submissions are limited to firsthand veteran accounts. Championed by Representative Chis Smith (R-NJ), this bill allows the immediate family members of veterans who died as a result of their wartime service or were missing in action to provide stories on behalf of their relatives who gave their lives for their country. This important addition will only enhance the Veterans History Project and the experience of the countless individuals who access and learn from these accounts.
“Finally, H.R.4092, which was introduced by Ranking Member Brady, extends the sunset dates for the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and the National Recording Preservation Foundation, as well as the National Film Preservation Board and National Film Preservation Foundation through the year 2026. These sound recordings and films provide a tremendous amount of value when preserving our past, present, and future. These artistic works are snapshots of a generation’s culture, ideas, dreams, and innovations that make up our nation’s heritage. I am pleased that we passed this measure today to make certain these preservation boards and foundations have the authorizations needed to continue this important work.”
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May 17, 2016
1310 Longworth House Office Building
The Committee on House Administration, led by Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI), will hold a markup and hearing on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 10:45 a.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building. During the markup, the Committee will consider Committee Resolutions and House bills. The following Committee Resolutions and House bills to be considered are:
o Committee Resolution 114- transfer of the House Safe Program o Committee Resolution 114- updating the Voucher Documentation Standards o H.R.5160, To amend title 40, United States Code, to include as part of the buildings and grounds of the National Gallery of Art any buildings and other areas within the boundaries of any real estate or other property interests acquired by the National Gallery of Art o H.R.4511, Gold Star Families Voices Act o H.R.4092, To reauthorize the sound and recording film preservation programs of the Library of Congress, and for other purposes o H.R.4733, To permit the United States Capitol Police to accept certain property from other Federal agencies and to dispose of certain property in its possession o H.R.5227, The Library of Congress Modernization Act of 2016 o H.R.4734, To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in the event of the death of the candidate
Immediately following the markup, the Committee will hold a hearing entitled: Safeguarding our Symbol of Democracy: U.S. Capitol Police’s Management Plan for 2017 and Beyond. The Committee will hear from the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police on the overall security status of the U.S. Capitol.
Additional information for the Markup via the Committee Repository.
Additional information for the Hearing via the Committee Repository.
If you have any questions, please contact the Committee at (202) 225-8281. Persons requiring special accommodations should contact C. Maggie Moore at (202) 225-8281, 48 hours prior to the scheduled hearing.Read More
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) issued the following statement after the House’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Statement Audit reporting a clean opinion for fiscal year 2015:
“Today, I am proud to announce that the House of Representatives’ has received a clean audit for fiscal year 2015. This audit marks the 18th consecutive year in which the House received a clean opinion for the financial audit, no doubt stemming directly from the leadership of the Speaker of the House, our Committee, and each House support office’s consistent and bipartisan efforts to move this Institution forward. Additionally, the House remains in good financial standing as a direct result of the countless hours of hard work by the committed men and women who make up the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer and the Office of the House Inspector General. These audits help the House plan for and track numerous milestones so that we retain the highest standards of accountability and constantly strengthen our foundation for many years to come.”
In 1999, the House received the first-ever clean financial audit on the previous year’s operations, a trend which has continued for 18 consecutive years.
WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) today announced that a new display will don the walls of the tunnel between Rayburn House Office Building and the U.S. Capitol. Following the completion of the tunnel renovation, Chairman Miller is directing the Architect of the Capitol to install a reproduction of the commemorative quarters issued by the U.S. Mint depicting the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States. Chairman Miller said:
“Today, I am pleased to announce a new and representative display to be fashioned on the walls of the tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol Building. A print of each state’s commemorative coin will be tastefully displayed for this highly trafficked area as each quarter serves as a reminder of the ideals, landmarks, and people from each state, as well as this nation’s great motto, ‘out of many, one.’
“Prior to the renovation, a flag from each state was on display in the tunnel. Given the controversy surrounding confederate imagery, I decided to install a new display. I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views. However, I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies. This is the ‘People’s House’ where each congressional district sends their designated representative to be their voice in the halls of Congress. With that, it is common practice for each Member of Congress to display their state flag, alongside of the American flag, outside their individual offices and in this way all state flags are displayed on Capitol Hill.”
WASHINGTON – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-MI) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) issued the following statement in response to the shooting incident that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center:
“We want to commend the U.S. Capitol Police for their brave and swift actions to secure the entire Capitol complex and all of the occupants, including numerous visitors, during today’s incident. Today’s events remind us all of the risks these officers assume to protect each of us every day, and we thank them for their preparedness and response. We remain in constant contact with the U.S. Capitol Police as they investigate today’s incident.”
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