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Written Response

Public comments made by Comptroller General David Walker regarding unionizing efforts at the Government Accountability Office were consistent with labor laws, the GAO general counsel argued in a letter sent to union attorneys last week. [IMGCAP(1)]

In an earlier letter, attorneys for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers accused Walker of making “disparaging and questionable statements,” which were published by various news outlets, that could constitute a breach of labor regulations requiring him to remain neutral in such affairs.

But GAO General Counsel Gary Kepplinger fired back Friday, writing that Walker’s comments were made only to clarify that no official unionizing petition has been filed. Kepplinger added that Walker “recognizes and respects the right of GAO employees to organize if they choose to do so.”

Tribute. The flag that flies over the Capitol will be lowered to half-mast for one day each month to honor members of the military who have died in conflict, if a concurrent resolution introduced by Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.) is approved.

“Paying tribute to the brave men and women from the United States who gave their lives for this Nation demonstrates the spirit of patriotism that is the foundation of our great country,” the bill reads.

— Elizabeth Brotherton