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AOC Receives Third Consecutive CEAR Award for Financial Reporting

May 21, 2014

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) received its third consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award from the Association of Government Accountants for its annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The annual CEAR award recognizes high-quality Performance and Accountability Reports (PARs) and Agency Financial Reports (AFRs) that effectively illustrate and assess financial and program performance, accomplishments and challenges, cost and accountability. "The Architect of the Capitol strives to maintain a high standard of government management reporting...

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U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda Reopening

April 30, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY  Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda Reopening  WHO: Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP WHAT: The Architect of the Capitol will conduct a briefing for media on the reopening of the U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda after completion of the safety netting installation and provide a status update on the Dome Restoration Project. The event is open to credentialed media from the House and Senate Media Galleries. WHEN: April 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (media set-up at 4:30 p.m.). WHERE: Capitol Rotunda - credentialed...

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Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue to Join U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall Collection

February 26, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will dedicate a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, March 25 in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol. Widely regarded as America’s greatest agricultural scientist, Dr. Borlaug’s groundbreaking work in wheat improvement saved starving populations around the globe and earned him our nation’s highest honors. The statue will represent the...

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United States Botanic Garden opens two exhibitions in February

February 19, 2014

This February, visit the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) to see two new exhibitions on display; American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants and Orchid Symphony. On Saturday, February 15, the USBG opened American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants, an exhibition of botanical illustrations. Native plants feed the regional biota, respond to our seasons and soils and reinforce our sense of place. This exhibition features original paintings and drawings of beautiful native plants and associated pollinators by members of Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE). These...

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AOC releases FY 2013 Performance and Accountability Report

February 04, 2014

The Architect of the Capitol's Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 is now available. This report provides the United States Congress and the American people information on AOC’s annual performance results, management challenges and financial accountability. The PAR provides programmatic and financial performance data for FY 2013. AOC uses the PAR to promote transparency and accountability over the federal funds it receives and to demonstrate its responsibility for the public property in its care. The PAR also shows AOC’s steadfast dedication to...

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Christmas Tree to arrive at U.S. Capitol on November 25

November 13, 2013

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol along First Street, NW, at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013. This year’s tree is an Engelmann spruce from the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest in Washington State. It was harvested on November 1, and is currently traveling from Washington across the country; making stops in 22 communities along the way. After it arrives at the U.S. Capitol and is secured in the ground, the tree will be decorated with thousands of ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year’s theme, “...

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