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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

November 1, 2022

From the Architect of the Capitol Office of the Inspector General
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has completed its investigation into alleged misuse of a government owned vehicle by James 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.