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“In the current economic environment, everyone has had to do more with less, and the CAO is no exception,” Jamie Fleet, Democratic staff director for the House Administration Committee, said in a statement Wednesday when asked about the report. “It is our responsibility to taxpayers, and obligation to our colleagues, to hold the CAO accountable if these cuts impact Members’ ability to effectively serve constituents.”
The CAO report also gave details about the process of relocating Members’ offices during the transition to the 112th Congress. The CAO moved more than 250 offices, and although a majority of Hill offices were satisfied with the work, just 67 percent of district offices said the same, according to a survey released with the report.
The CAO blamed the dissatisfaction primarily on the General Services Administration, which handles computer removal in district offices.
“In new Member District offices, GSA removes — without replacing — computers that do not meet House minimum technical standards. In contrast, a replacement is provided for each non-compliant computer removed from new Member offices in Washington,” the report stated. “We will be working to remedy this issue before the transition to the 113th Congress.”