Warrior Hired

Posted February 25, 2008 at 6:36pm

Retired Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Patricia Orsini will head the House’s Wounded Warrior Program, a new $5 million venture that is expected to bring up to 50 wounded veterans to work in various Congressional offices, Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard announced Monday.

[IMGCAP(1)]In a press release, Beard said Orsini was picked for the job because she has a history of developing similar programs that support servicemen and servicewomen.

Orsini spent more than 24 years as a Marine in a variety of roles, including escorting the bodies of fallen Marines returning home to the United States and helping active and reservist Marines with medical benefits.

Web Update. House Administration Chairman Robert Brady (D-Pa.) wrote House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday backing a decision by Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard to have Boehner move the Web site earmarkreform.house.gov to a new domain name.

The site serves as a portal for the GOP-led effort to enact earmark reform. The CAO’s House Information Resources office gave Boehner permission to use the domain last year, but last week Beard ordered that the site be moved to a non-House.gov address, saying it violated regulations governing House URLs.

“I can assure you that it was not until your site was launched that Committee staff became aware of the violation of the Committee policy and conveyed that information to the CAO,” Brady writes. “No content regulation was intended.”

Brady will direct the CAO to help move the site to a new URL and create a redirection notice so visitors to the old URL can still find the site, he wrote.

But the letter might not appease Boehner. A spokesman said the Minority Leader has many questions about the CAO’s decision, including why Beard gave permission for the URL only to take it back after the site starting getting attention. “Until we get real answers to these questions, we are not currently inclined to take down our website,” spokesman Michael Steel wrote in an e-mail.

— Elizabeth Brotherton