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Members of the House of Representatives sit in unassigned armchairs arranged in a semicircle on tiered platforms that face the Speaker's rostrum. Behind the rostrum is a frontispiece with Ionic columns made of black Italian marble with white Alabama marble capitals. An American flag occupies the center and is flanked by two bronze faces. The chamber's lower walls are walnut paneled with intervening light grey Genevieve Sheldorado marble pilasters. A gallery for visitors and the press corps rings the chamber
The House Chamber, also known as the "Hall of the House of Representatives,"...

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View of the U.S. Capitol Building from above at dusk
In order to ensure the safety of visitors and staff and to preserve the...

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AOC members holding the Historic Preservation Award that they received
The Architect of the Capitol strives to perform all work at a high level of...

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Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the...

OIG Investigations

OIG Investigations

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is authorized to receive allegations of violations of law or misconduct by employees and contractors as well as allegations of irregularities or abuse in AOC operations.

Findings of criminal violation are reported to the Department of Justice and AOC Management. Violations of an administrative nature, such as violation of AOC policy, are reported to AOC Management for appropriate action.

The OIG receives complaints and concerns directly from the public, from Congress, and from AOC employees and contractors. Examples of what the OIG may investigate include:

  • Theft of Government Property
  • Improper use of AOC Resources or Property
  • Violations of Federal Law or AOC Orders or Policy
  • Reprisal for Contacting or Reporting Information to the OIG
  • Falsification of Time Cards
  • Abuse of Supervisor's Authority
  • False Workers' Comp (FECA) Claims
  • Gross Waste of Government Funds or Property
  • Contractor Product Substitution
  • Contractor False Claims
  • Bribes, Kickbacks, Bid-rigging
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Travel or Purchase Card Fraud

The OIG may receive all initial complaints and concerns. However, we will assist in referring the following individual issues (that do not constitute fraud, waste, and/or abuse) to another AOC Avenue of Assistance, or agency, for resolution:

  • Individual discrimination or management retaliation complaints, including alleged violations of the Congressional Accountability Act, 2 U.S.C. 1301 et seq.
  • Individual employee benefits and compensation issues
  • Individual workplace grievances or collective bargaining agreement concerns
  • Individual workplace conflicts with a supervisor or management
  • Safety violations