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Scenes From the Mall. Several House Members have asked the General Accounting Office to investigate the National Park Service for its role in a September concert to kick off the NFL season. [IMGCAP(1)]

The Sept. 25 letter, signed by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Reps. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.), comes on the heels of a Senate vote to rein in corporate advertising on the Mall. The foursome criticized the use of the Mall for the event, which had allowed co-sponsors Pepsi, Verizon Communications and Coors to advertise throughout the grounds.

The lawmakers asked GAO to address whether the park service adjusted its policies governing commercially sponsored events to allow the show and if any tax revenues were used to pay for the event.

Order Yours Today. House offices looking to stock up on additional copies of “How Our Laws Are Made” and “Our American Government” have until Oct. 3 to place their orders.

The pamphlets are the final publications in a five-part series distributed to all House offices. Other titles in the series include “Our Flag” and “The Constitution.”

The Government Printing Office will issue 1,000 copies of each publication to Members, with additional copies available for a fee.

House offices may submit order forms for the final two pamphlets to Maria Robinson, staff director of the Joint Printing Committee, by internal mail or by fax, (202) 225-9957.

Congressional Hispanic Conference. Octavio Hinojosa-Mier has been named the inaugural executive director of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, which formed earlier this year.

The 32-year-old comes to the conference after more than five years at the State Department, where he served in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security as a security analyst for U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Africa. He later served as special adviser and executive secretary of the State Department’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Governance Board.

He is also a former legislative correspondent to Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.).

— Jennifer Yachnin and Bree Hocking

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