After 15 months as the White House’s top Senate lobbyist, Sean O’Hollaren will step down from his post in June to return to the private sector, Congressional sources confirmed Wednesday.
O’Hollaren, the former government affairs director at Honeywell International and one-time Capitol Hill staffer, came on board last March. A replacement has yet to be named.
O’Hollaren joined the White House legislative affairs team at a time when the administration was under fire for failing to effectively communicate with Members and staff. O’Hollaren previously worked at the Department of Transportation, as the minority clerk for the Senate Appropriations Committee and as a legislative assistant for then-Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.).
Passport to Success. The Government Printing Office announced Wednesday that it has converted its entire production of passports to the new e-Passport, which features an electronic chip embedded in the cover as a security measure.
The GPO also produced its 5 millionth e-Passport this week, a milestone that came about in part because of new security measures that require all U.S. citizens traveling by air to and from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean to carry a passport.
In other GPO news, acting Public Printer William Turri announced Wednesday that Tony Ogden has been named inspector general of the agency. Ogden had served as acting IG since October 2006.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.