Code of the District of Columbia

§ 2–1702. Establishment of District of Columbia Office of Public Records Management, Archival Administration, and Library of Governmental Information.

(a) There is established the District of Columbia Office of Public Records Management, Archival Administration, and Library of Governmental Information within the Office of the Secretary.

(b) The head of the Office shall be the Public Records Administrator of the District of Columbia who shall be appointed by the Mayor. The Administrator shall be qualified by training and experience in records and archives management. Other staff shall be appointed as necessary.

(c) Subject to the approval of the Mayor, the Administrator is authorized to adopt, alter, and use a seal which shall establish the authenticity or true copy of any public record in the Administrator’s custody. A true copy shall then have the same force and effect as the original.

(d) Repealed.

(e) The Mayor shall issue rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this chapter pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of this title. The Mayor shall submit the proposed rules and regulations to the Council for a 45-day period of review, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and days of Council recess. If the Council does not approve the proposed rules and regulations, by resolution, within the 45-day period, the proposed rules and regulations shall be deemed approved.


(Sept. 5, 1985, D.C. Law 6-19, § 3, 32 DCR 3590; Mar. 8, 1991, D.C. Law 8-235, § 2(b), 38 DCR 302; June 13, 2008, D.C. Law 17-175, § 2(b), 55 DCR 5387.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2902.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1701 and § 2-1706.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-175, in subsec. (e), added the second and third sentences.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) established of an Archives Advisory Group to advise the Council of the District of Columbia about Project AB102C in the District's Capital Improvement Plan to construct a new archives facility for the District of Columbia, see the Archives Advisory Group Emergency Act of 2020, § 1002 of the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2020, D.C. Act 23-404.

Editor's Notes

For the establishment of an Archives Advisory Group, see section 1002 of D.C. Law 23-149.

Office of Public Records Management, Archival Administration, and Library of Government Information established: See Mayor’s Order 86-28, February 11, 1986.