Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–601.01. Findings.

The Council of the District of Columbia finds that:

(1) The provisions of § 1-204.22(3) require that the Council of the District of Columbia adopt a comprehensive merit system of personnel management for the government of the District of Columbia before January 2, 1980.

(2) The provisions of §§ 1-202.01(f), 1-202.04(g), 1-204.22(3), 1-207.13(c) and (d), and 1-207.14(c), guarantee certain benefits to incumbent employees of the District of Columbia government and those persons transferred to the District of Columbia government from the formerly independent National Capital Housing Authority, District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency and the District of Columbia Department of Manpower including, without limitation, benefits relating to appointments, promotions, discipline, separation, pay, unemployment compensation, health, disability and death benefits, leave, retirement, insurance, and veterans preference.

(3) The present authority for filling positions within the District of Columbia government is fragmented, both between the United States Civil Service Commission and the District of Columbia government, and among various subdivisions of the District government, such as, the District of Columbia Board of Education, the Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia and other independent boards and commissions.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 102, 25 DCR 5740.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-601.1.

1973 Ed., § 1-331.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-607.03, § 1-1001.06, § 1-1161.01, § 2-359.10, § 2-1515.08, § 2-1594, § 7-771.01, § 7-771.05, § 34-2202.15, § 34-2202.17, and § 44-951.10.

Cross References

Board of elections and ethics, control over board, see § 1-1001.06.

Water and sewer authority, merit personnel system inapplicable, see § 34-2202.15.

Water and sewer authority, transition provisions, see § 34-2202.17.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of D.C. Law 2-139, Title XX-E, see § 2(a) of the Controlled Substance, Alcohol Testing, Criminal Background Check and Background Investigation Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-277, February 20, 2014, 61 DCR 1576).

For temporary (90 days) addition of D.C. Law 2-139, Title XX-F, see § 2(b) of the Controlled Substance, Alcohol Testing, Criminal Background Check and Background Investigation Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-277, February 20, 2014, 61 DCR 1576).

Editor's Notes

Pub. L. 106-113, Div. A, Title I, § 120, Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1515, and Pub. L. 107-96, § 111(a), Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 948, provided: “Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, the provisions of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 (D.C. Law 2-139; D.C. Code, sec. 1-601.1 et seq.), enacted pursuant to section 422(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (87 Stat. 790; Public Law 93-198; D.C. Code, sec. 1-242(3)), shall apply with respect to the compensation of District of Columbia employees: Provided, That for pay purposes, employees of the District of Columbia government shall not be subject to the provisions of title 5, United States Code.” Two Percent (2%) Mid-Year Adjustment of Pay Rates for Career & Excepted Service Employees of the D.C. Within the Scope of Collective Bargaining Represented by Compensation Units 1 (DS), 2 (WG) and 14 (LPNs): See Mayor’s Order 90-70, May 7, 1990.

Delegation of Authority

Director of Personnel and Chief of Police, see Mayor’s Order 99-79, May 13, 1999 ( 46 DCR 5436).