Page Review: Part II

Posted April 18, 2008 at 6:16pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Friday that they have hired two consultants to do a top-to-bottom review of the House page program.

The independent review was part of an agreement between Pelosi and Boehner after the only two Republican members of the Page Board resigned in December.

[IMGCAP(1)]Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) claimed that Clerk of the House Lorraine Miller did not keep them up to date on the program. They also questioned the supervision of the pages after two were expelled in the fall for sexual misconduct.

Consultants Richard Shapiro and William A. Weary will do the review, according to a press release. Shapiro is a management consultant and former Congressional staffer, and Weary is an education consultant and former high school principal.

Their review, due out in the fall, will “ensure that a program created in 1827 effectively supports the operations of the House and serves the interests of the pages in 2008,” according to a statement from Pelosi and Boehner.

The announcement follows a recent House Inspector General report that recommended, among other things, a new written visitor policy for adult supervisors in the dorm and a new deputy clerk to oversee the program. So far, the House Page Board has complied.

Arrested Development. Capitol Police officers arrested a District of Columbia man Friday and charged him with shoplifting at the Rayburn House Office Building cafeteria.

John Burke, 49, was taken into custody at about 1:45 p.m. Friday. Burke then was taken to Capitol Police headquarters for processing, according to a police spokeswoman.

It was not immediately known what Burke allegedly stole or whether he works on Capitol Hill.

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