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AOC Offers Family Resources for Distance Learning and Virtual Visits

April 29, 2020

Graphic for Architect of the Capitol Family Resources: Home Activities, Virtual Tours, Videos.
Stuck at Home? Want to Get Away? The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is delivering virtual Capitol experiences such as field trips, exhibits, videos and student activities to those unable to visit because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). "Spring is usually the season of class field trips and family vacations to Washington, D.C.," said Architect of the Capitol, J. Brett Blanton. "Today, many schools are closed, and families are staying home. While visitors cannot come to the U.S. Capitol, the Architect of the Capitol is providing resources for families as they adapt to learning from home."...

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Architect of the Capitol Honored for Excellence in Accountability Reporting

April 09, 2020

AGA Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting
For the ninth consecutive year, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) received the Association of Government Accountants' prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The CEAR is the highest form of recognition in federal government financial reporting. It recognizes federal organizations for producing informative, high-quality reports that provide clear insight into their agency's spending and program performance. To read the full report and learn more about the agency and its FY 2019...

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Capitol Visitor Center and U.S. Botanic Garden Temporarily Close to Visitors

March 30, 2020

View of the U.S. Capitol Campus, the National Mall and Washington Monument.
UPDATE The closures of the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) and the Conservatory of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) mentioned below have been extended until further notice. March 12, 2020 Out of an abundance of caution, the CVC and the Conservatory of the USBG will temporarily close to the public until April 1, 2020, to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus (COVID-19). The outdoor gardens and grounds remain open. Whenever possible, the CVC and the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the CVC and the...

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Winter 2020 Issue of Tholos Magazine Now Available

March 16, 2020

Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 12 Winter 2020.
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Highlights include the articles below. Before & After: Exterior Bronze Lettering Restoration on the Senate Office Buildings By the Numbers: Performance and Accountability Report Statistics Feature: Charles De Witt: Founding Farmer, A Life of Service Cool Tools: Plasma Cutting Machine: A Matter of Precision Project Update: Capitol Roof Project Award Highlight: Capitol Power Plant Wins Safety Award Leadership Spotlight: Q&A With J. Brett Blanton, 12th Architect of the Capitol...

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State of the Union Address Street Closures and Other Restrictions

January 29, 2020

State of the Union address in the U.S. Capitol's House Chamber.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. On February 4, 2020, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m. Given the high level of security surrounding the event, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) is responsible for a significant amount of preparation and coordination with its numerous law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department. The following is specific information...

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12th Architect of the Capitol Sworn In

January 17, 2020

Architect of the Capitol Blanton and Chief Justice Roberts.
On January 16, 2020, J. Brett Blanton was sworn in as the 12th Architect of the Capitol by Chief Justice John Roberts at the United States Supreme Court Building. He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on December 9, 2019, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2019. Blanton most recently served as the Deputy Vice President for Engineering at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He led all planning, design, construction, environmental planning, building permitting and code enforcement for all real property controlled by the Airports Authority in support of the 50...

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