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Beware the Ides of August: This year it’s the postal service

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Chad Pergram Beware the “Ides of August.” That’s what we often write in this space when the eighth month on the Gregorian calendar comes round. Shakespeare warned “Beware the Ides of March” in Julius Caesar. But anyone who’s ever spent any time on Capitol Hill knows “Beware the Ides of August.” August is the most volatile month of…

Federal Watchdog Finds Trump Administration’s Continued Efforts to Dismantle OPM are ‘Fiscally Irresponsible’

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Today, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, issued the following statement about the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Inspector General (IG) report finding that the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to dismantle OPM are “fiscally irresponsible” and place additional burdens on both the agency and American…

VA inspector general exposes breakdown at D.C. hospital that led to veteran’s suicide

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Lisa Rein A veteran, suffering in pain and out of medication, turned last year to the Veterans Affairs’ hospital in D.C. for help. Instead of receiving aid, a new report says, a cascade of failures by the medical staff resulted in him being forcibly expelled. The veteran shot and killed himself six days later.   A VA…

Connolly, Senior Democrats Request Information on Postal Service’s Operational Changes

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Today, senior Democrats on the Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requesting information on two documents that appear to outline drastic changes to United States Postal Service operations.  Today’s letter was signed by Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B.…

Connolly Reiterates Demand for Release of ICE Detainees

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Yesterday, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to the Acting Director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement to request specific information on the health and safety protocols practiced at the Farmville Detention Center, and again demand the release of all detainees in ICE custody for the duration…

Connolly, Maloney, Burchett Introduce Passport Backlog Elimination Act

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Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Tim Burchett introduced the bipartisan Passport Backlog Elimination Act. The legislation would require the State Department to submit a plan to Congress to eliminate the passport processing backlog created by the…

Connolly to Hold Hearing on Urgent Need to Modernize Federal IT Systems

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On Monday, July 20, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing to examine the longstanding issue of legacy information technology (IT) systems, the challenges they present to federal agencies, and the urgent need to modernize federal IT systems, especially in light of the coronavirus…

Connolly, Senior House Democrats Call on Secretary Ross to Immediately Withdraw Unprecedented Political Appointees at Census Bureau

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Today, senior Democrats sent a letter calling on Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to immediately withdraw two recent political appointments to the Census Bureau, Nathaniel Cogley and Adam Korzeniewski.   Today’s letter is signed by Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman Rep. Gerald E. Connolly; Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Rep.…

Connolly Calls on Secretary DeVos to Resign

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Today, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations and former Chairman of Fairfax County, Virginia, released the following statement calling on Education Secretary DeVos to resign.   “Secretary Betsy DeVos is a political zealot whose inexperience is matched only by her ineptitude. If she actually cared about our Fairfax County…

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