Code of the District of Columbia

§ 2–221.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Business concern” means any person engaged in a trade or business and nonprofit entities operating as contractors.

(1A) “Contractor” means any entity that has a direct contract with a District agency, as that term is defined in paragraph (3) of this section.

(2) “Designated payment office” means the place named in the contract for forwarding the invoice for payment or, in certain instances, for approval.

(3) “District agency” means any office, department, division, board, commission, or other agency of the District government, including, unless otherwise provided, an independent agency, required by law or by the Mayor or the Council to administer any law or any rule adopted under the authority of a law. For the purposes of this definition, the term “independent agency” means any agency of government not subject to the administrative control of the Mayor and includes, but is not limited to, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Council of the District of Columbia, Board of Elections and Ethics, Armory Board, Zoning Commission, Convention Center Board of Directors, District of Columbia Board of Education, and Public Service Commission.

(4) “Proper invoice” means an invoice which contains or is accompanied by substantiating documentation required by regulation or contract.

(5) “Subcontractor” means any entity that furnishes labor, material, equipment, or services to a contractor in performance of the contractor’s contract with a District agency.


(Mar. 15, 1985, D.C. Law 5-164, § 2, 32 DCR 555; Mar. 20, 1992, D.C. Law 9-81, § 2(a), 39 DCR 681; Apr. 12, 1997, D.C. Law 11-259, § 307(a), 44 DCR 1423.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1171.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 27-131.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 5-164, see Mayor’s Order 85-119, July 18, 1985.