Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Legislative Branch Agencies / Architect of the Capitol / AOC

The Bartholdi Fountain at Bartholdi Park, at the U.S. Botanic Garden

The Bartholdi Fountain at Bartholdi Park, at the U.S. Botanic Garden

To ensure that Congress has independent sources of information from the executive branch to support it in its legislative and oversight responsibilities, Congress formed several legislative branch agencies.

 
 


Stone Preservation on Capitol Hill

 
 

These legislative branch agencies are the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Congressional Research Service (CRS), Government Accountability Office (GAO), Government Publishing Office (GPO), and Library of Congress.

Congressional support offices include

 
 

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible to Congress for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 460 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. This includes the House and Senate office buildings, the U.S. Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court buildings, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Power Plant, and other facilities. The AOC also provides professional expertise with regard to the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care, and provides recommendations concerning design, construction and maintenance of the facilities and grounds. Permanent authority for the care and maintenance of the United States Capitol was established by the Act of August 15, 1876 (19 Stat. 147).

 
 


United States Botanic Garden

 
 

The AOC is also responsible for the upkeep and improvement of the Capitol grounds, and the arrangement of inaugural ceremonies and other ceremonies held in the building or on the grounds. Legislation has been enacted over the years to place additional buildings and grounds under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol.

Also see Chapter Four, Supporting Congress: Allowances and Staff, in Congressional Deskbook.

 
 

More

 
 


Capitol Dome Restoration

 
 

Courses

 
 

Publications


Legislative Drafter's Deskbook: A Practical Guide

Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide


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Pocket Constitution


Citizen's Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials

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The Federal Budget Process

The Federal Budget Process

 
 

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