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Oversight Committee Adopts Connolly Amendment to Add $3 Billion to IT Modernization

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Yesterday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform adopted an amendment offered by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee, to add more than $3 billion to federal IT modernization efforts. The amendment was included in the Committee markup of the reconciliation package being drafted in the House of Representatives. “This week, Congress continues our importan...

House Passes Connolly Bill to Establish 9/11 National Memorial Trail

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Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate the “September 11th National Memorial Trail.” The legislation, introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Don Beyer (D-VA), would designate a trail route linking the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and th...

Connolly Holds Biannual Hearing on Agency Compliance with FITARA and the Administration’s Federal IT Priorities

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Yesterday, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, held a biannual hearing to assess implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and hear from the Federal Chief Information Officer about the Biden Administration’s federal information technology (IT) priorities. The Subcommittee discussed the twelfth iteration of the F...

Connolly, Fitzpatrick Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Government’s Customer Service

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Today, Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) reintroduced the Federal Agency Customer Experience (FACE) Act to improve the efficiency and favorability of government services. “Improving customer service at federal agencies is not a partisan issue. Federal employees are dedicated civil servants who want to deliver services to taxpayers as best they can,” said Connolly. “The FACE ...

Chairman Connolly to Hold Biannual Hearing on Agency Compliance with FITARA

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On Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. E.T., Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold the Subcommittee’s biannual hearing to assess implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) and hear from the Federal Chief Information Officer about the Biden Administration’s federal information technology (IT) priorit...

Connolly, Maloney, Kinzinger, Burchett Reintroduce Bipartisan Passport Backlog Elimination Act

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Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) reintroduced the Passport Backlog Elimination Act, bipartisan legislation to eliminate the passport processing backlog created by the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

Chairman Connolly Urges Prioritization of FHFA IG Appointment

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Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to President Biden urging him to prioritize the appointment of a new Inspector General at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), following the resignation of Inspector General Laura Wertheimer. Chairman Connolly first requested an investigation into Wertheimer’s conduct in April 2020. “We must hold...

Lawmakers Urge McCarthy to Address Greene’s Dangerous Behavior

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Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and nearly 40 lawmakers today in urging Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) to take immediate action to fully address Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (GA-14) dangerous, concerning, and unacceptable behavior. The lawmakers specifically outlined numerous instances where Greene’s harassment of her colleagues has escalated to...

Connolly Reintroduces Cameras in the Courtroom Act

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Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) reintroduced the Cameras in the Courtroom Act, which would ensure transparency and accountability in the judicial branch by televising open proceedings before the United States Supreme Court. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). “Our nation’s highest court is not some mystical prie...

Oversight Committee Advances Merit System Protections Board Empowerment Act

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Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform advanced the Merit System Protections (MSPB) Board Empowerment Act, legislation authored by Government Operations Chairman Gerry Connolly to reauthorize the MSPB through 2026. “Our committee took an important step today in protecting federal employees and whistleblowers,” Chairman Connolly said. “We need a functioning MSPB, and our bill will provi...

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