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Final Chapter

The long-running saga surrounding former Rep. James Traficant (Ohio), now serving time in federal prison, may have finally drawn to a close.

A federal jury on Friday acquitted Richard Detore of charges that he attempted to funnel bribes to Traficant. Detore, one-time CEO of the now- defunct U.S. Aerospace Group, had been alleged to have offered cash and other gifts to Traficant in return for the lawmaker’s help in convincing the Federal Aviation Administration to certify a laser-guidance system made by his firm.

[IMGCAP(1)] Detore had complained that federal prosectors pressured him to lie about his relationship with Traficant, a charge vehemently denied by the government. “After three years, it’s good the truth is out. It’s a fair jury,” Detore said after his acquittal, according to The Associated Press.

Traficant was expelled from Congress last July after being convicted on bribery and racketeering charges. He is currently serving eight years in federal prison.

Staff Services. Beginning in July, House staff will have more convenient access to support services in the “Main Street” corridor in the basement of the Longworth House Office Building, created by the House Administration Committee as a one-stop-shop for staffers.

First Call, the service center that fields question on anything from benefits to office equipment, will move into a more prominent area of the Longworth basement and augment its finance and human resources team.

As a result, some staff for the Chief Administrative Officer will move from Cannon 263 to First Call’s new location in B-227 Longworth. Early indications are that Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (Ohio) is looking to nab the space for Conference staff.

Additionally, technical-support representatives will move from the Ford House Office Building closer to the offices they serve, and the House graphics and photography shops will join together to focus on digital output.

Comptroller General David Walker announced the release of a new edition of the Government Auditing Standards, commonly referred to as the Yellow Book, the fourth revision of the overall standards since they were first issued in 1972. This guide was last revised in 1994.

— John Bresnahan and Suzanne Nelson

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