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All Over Oversight

Betting that the 110th Congress will be packed with oversight hearings and investigations, another firm has branded a practice to represent clients on the hot seat: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw today is launching a Congressional Oversight Strategy group that will combine lobbyists, white-collar defense lawyers and members of its banking, securities and energy practices.

“I’ve chaired an oversight subcommittee, so I know what they’re going to be looking for,” said ex-Rep. David McIntosh (R-Ind.), a Mayer Brown lobbyist. “If a private person or corporation comes up before Congress and needs a team, we’ll be bringing the people together.”

McIntosh said the new practice will have as many as 20 lawyers and lobbyists, including one-time U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor; Peter Scher, former chief of staff to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.); Andrew Shore, former chief of staff to the House Republican Conference; and Howard Waltzman, most recently the chief telecommunications counsel on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Other firms that have already started oversight practices include the Carmen Group and Holland & Knight.

Filing Frenzy. The Federal Election Commission recently released its 2007 filing schedule for political committees.

Available on its Web site, the updated requirements detail information such as which political groups must file with the agency, which forms to use and by when the FEC must receive the documents.

While political action committees, party committees and individual campaigns usually have different filing periods and deadlines, all three are required to file their 2006 year-end reports with the FEC by Jan. 31. More information is available at www.fec.gov.

Noncompliance? The Office of Compliance issued four citations against the Library of Congress last month after an inspection discovered hazardous conditions in stacks in the Thomas Jefferson Building.

The Library of Congress Professional Guild asked the OOC to inspect Decks A and B in the Jefferson Building following heavy rains in August. Upon inspection, the OOC found water had damaged walls in the decks, creating potential for electric shock and spread of lead paint particles, according to the guild.

During that inspection, the OOC also found that floor tiles and wall panels that contain asbestos had been damaged. In addition, inspectors discovered that a passageway between Deck B and Deck 38 was damaged, increasing exposure levels to asbestos.

The OOC officially issued the four citations on Dec. 13, urging the Library to take action to fix the damages.

An LOC spokesman said the Library’s general counsel was aware of the matter and has been preparing a response.

— Kate Ackley, Matt Murray and Elizabeth Brotherton

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