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Press Release - J. Brett Blanton, Architect of the Capitol, Abused His Authority, Misused Government Property and Wasted Taxpayer Money, Among Other Substantiated Violations

February 22, 2023

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Budget, requested J. Brett Blanton, former Architect of the Capitol pay back the nearly $14,000 in fringe benefits for misuse of government resources.

February 13, 2023

The President terminated J. Brett Blanton as Architect of the Capitol for misconduct after calls from both the Senate and House and both parties demanded his removal.

February 9, 2013

The Committee on House Administration held a hearing entitled, "The Looking Ahead Series: The Architect of the Capitol’s Strategic Plan for the 118th Congress" to question then Architect J. Brett Blanton about, in part, his misuse of government resources as identified in AOC OIG investigation 2021-0011-INVI-P.

November 1, 2022

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) completed its investigation into alleged misuse of a government owned vehicle by J. Brett Blanton and his family members. The OIG has substantiated multiple violations of AOC and government policies and uncovered other allegations that will be turned over to the proper government and local authorities.

Per the investigative report, the OIG has closed the investigation. The OIG has provided the report to the appropriate government agencies and offices, including the AOC’s Congressional Oversight Committees for review and any action they deem appropriate. A full summary providing greater detail into the investigation can be found at 2021-0011-INVI-P-Oversight-Post-Final_0.pdf.

CIGIE Award for Audit Excellence

October 4, 2022

The AOC OIG was presented the 25th Annual CIGIE Awards Award for Audit Excellence for the Flash Report Series – Independent Assessment of the Architect of the Capitol’s (AOC) Role in Securing the Capitol Campus for Large Public Gatherings OIG-AUD-2021-03, written in response to the events at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Former Federal Employee Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison For Receipt of Child Pornography

July 20, 2022

A former AOC employee was sentenced for using a government network to view child pornography as reported in Misuse of Government Networks to View Sexually Explicit or Obscene Material by an Architect of the Capitol (AOC) Employee: Substantiated 2019-0006-INVI-P.