March 9, 2020 | From Fox News
The House is setting up a “genius bar” on Capitol Hill on Monday to ensure members of Congress have their offices tech-ready for teleworking in the event of coronavirus quarantines, Fox News has learned.
The bipartisan leaders of the House Administration Committee alerted House members Friday of the coronavirus preparations underway, including the ability to purchase new laptops and cellphones for teleworking.
In an interview Saturday, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., called the tech services that will be available Monday a “genius bar” so staff can inspect their laptops and telework equipment in case office operations are shuttered because of the coronavirus.
“They’ll set up a Genius Bar and what that means is we want our offices to be prepared,” Davis, the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, told Fox News. “… See what equipment you have that can be workable in the event of a possible emergency. And if you don’t have that equipment, we’re going to tell you how to get that type of equipment ready, just to be prepared.”. . .
The preparations come as two major D.C.-area political conferences that attracted plenty of politicians announced COVID-19 virus concerns. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) said Wednesday a group of attendees had potentially been in contact with a person from New York who had contracted coronavirus.
And on Saturday, The American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosts the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), confirmed that one of this year’s conference attendees has tested positive for the virus.
(Excerpt from Fox News. Article by Marisa Schultz)