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FY 2018 Performance and Accountability Report Available

December 06, 2018

FY 2018 Performance and Accountability Report Cover
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's financial and performance results to inform Congress and the American people about what we have collectively achieved for the period October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. Read the FY 2018 report and see highlights.

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President George H.W. Bush to Lie in State in U.S. Capitol Rotunda

December 03, 2018

The U.S. Capitol Rotunda is used for important ceremonial events, such as the lying in state of eminent citizens and the dedication of works of art.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on Public Viewing Hours, Prohibited Items, Street Closures and Other Restrictions The late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018, through 7 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Members of the public and Congressional community are invited to pay their respects at the U.S. Capitol. Following a private arrival ceremony to include President Bush's family and Members of Congress at 5 p.m., the U.S. Capitol Rotunda will open to the...

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2018 Capitol Christmas Tree: Ceremony Date Change

December 03, 2018

2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) selects the annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in consultation with the United States Forest Service. This year's tree, sponsored by the Oregon Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, was chosen from the Willamette National Forest. The tree was harvested on November 2, 2018, and traveled cross-country to Washington, D.C. by truck. The Capitol Christmas Tree made stops in communities along the route to the nation's capital and arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 10 a.m. The AOC's Capitol Grounds and Arboretum team...

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Fall 2018 Issue of Tholos Magazine Now Available

November 19, 2018

Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 9 Fall 2018.
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Highlights include the articles below. Architect's Notebook: One of My Favorite Things Project Update: Capitol Power Plant Empowered Workforce: Reclaiming an Ordinary Day Feature: Revealing a Tiled Treasure; Cool Cannon Construction Finds Cool Tool: RIGID SEEKTECH SR-60 Locator Download the full Fall 2018 issue, or read the stories from this and previous issues on our blog.

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Holiday Show Celebrating America's Train Stations

November 01, 2018

Scene from Season's Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
This year's annual U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) holiday exhibit, "Season's Greenings: All Aboard!," will open Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018, and run through New Year's Day, January 1, 2019. The USBG is vibrant throughout the holidays with the sights, scents and sounds of the season. Take a train ride across America as our annual holiday show showcases train stations! Plant-based recreations of iconic train stations from across the United States will be represented in the train room. Explore classic stations like New York City's Grand Central Terminal, Detroit's Michigan Central Station,...

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2018 U.S. Capitol Labor Day Concert Prohibited Items and Street Closures

August 30, 2018

View of the Labor Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol West Front Lawn during sunset.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Know Before You Go: Information on the Concert, Rehearsal, Prohibited Items and Street Closures On Sunday, September 2, 2018, the annual Labor Day Capitol Concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol beginning at 8 p.m. The gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. There also will be a concert dress rehearsal on Sunday beginning at 3:30 p.m. The event is open and free to the public. For information about the concert program, please visit the Kennedy Center...

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