Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–319.03. Conflicts of interest; ineligibility for employee benefits; liability of District for torts of volunteers.

(a) Volunteer citizens may not assist governmental programs until regulations have been properly promulgated under the authority of §§ 1-319.01 to 1-319.05. No volunteer may be placed in any position likely to constitute a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest in violation of the provisions of Chapter 29 of Title 18, United States Code, or Parts C and D of subchapter II of Chapter 11A of this title.

(b) Persons engaged as volunteers by the District of Columbia government as authorized by this section shall not be eligible for benefits provided to employees of the District of Columbia government under Chapters 81, 83, 85, 87, and 89 of Title 5, United States Code.

(c) All volunteers shall be considered employees of the District of Columbia government for the purposes of §§ 2-411 to 2-416.

(d) The District of Columbia shall be liable to third parties for tortious injury caused by volunteers under its supervision and control.


(June 28, 1977, D.C. Law 2-12, § 4, 24 DCR 1442; Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 501(i), 59 DCR 1862.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-306.

1973 Ed., § 1-215c.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-124, in subsec. (a), substituted “parts C and D of subchapter II of Chapter 11A of this title” for “part F of subchapter I of Chapter 11 of this title”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 401(i) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

Editor's Notes

In addition to the references to Title 5 of the United States Code found in (b), there is now a Chapter 84, Retirement.