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Communications Director – Councilmember Marion Barry, Ward 8

Job Open: April 30, 2012 – Open Until Filled
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Location: John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004
Salary: $46,350 – $75,000


Writes, manages or directs a staff in the writing and dissemination of press releases, Newsletters and other publications that provide information about the activities, legislative initiatives, special events or other issues impacting citizens in the District.

Develops a process and mechanism for the receipt of information from citizens, customers, media, groups or organizations.

Coordinates with the Director of Constituent Services or Constituent Services Coordinators community outreach meetings.

Designs and develops a communication plan.

Monitors and manages the communication plan and assures stakeholders, customers employees and others interested receive updates, changes and other communication associated with the plan.

Assures the monitoring and updating to inquiries from the community via the website, telephone lines, emails, written correspondence and other mechanisms.

Coordinates the responses to these inquiries with the appropriate staff member.

Assures the monitoring of “hits” to the Councilmembers website, recommends expanding site components and advertises the Internet Site in Councilmember press releases, newsletters and other appropriate publications.

h/t LE

Rep. Issa, who runs the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is quickly becoming the leading tech giant on Capitol Hill.

Issa has become a driving force in bringing technological thinking to the halls of Capitol Hill. He just gets it — something you often hear people who work for innovative companies around town talking about. From how he uses technology to his actual policy positions, Issa has emerged as a clear leader in D.C.’s tech scene. [via HuffPo]

Congrats to Seamus Kraft and Justin LoFranco who help run the Oversight Committee digital shop.

Anyone have a phone book? [via WaPo]

We’ve heard of witness intimidation, and now we know one of Congress’ secrets to making those testifying before committees feel a bit … overmatched: low-slung chairs.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins found herself on an unfamiliar side of the dais Thursday when she testified before a subcommittee of the Ways and Means committee—of which she is a member. The Kansas Republican, used to sitting among the members of the committee, instead sat in a witness chair to discuss expiring tax provisions. Jenkins is a CPA and the sponsor of a bill extending tax breaks for short-line railways.

But Jenkins, when called on, had trouble even seeing over the top of the table in front of her. “I would refer to my notes,” she said, “But I can’t see them. I’m wondering if there’s a phone book or something I could sit on.”

Can you spot Rep. Jenkins in this picture?

(March 20, 2012 – Source: Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

Next stop: A flowbee.

Disgraced former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, reviled for his costy coifs on the campaign trail, now places his strands in the hands of the pros at Supercuts.

Edwards, who in his political heydey went to stylist Joseph Torrenueva, whose Beverly Hills salon charges $300 to $500 per cut, now goes to Supercuts in Raleigh, NC, for a $12.95 job, employees say.

via NY Post