Code of the District of Columbia

§ 51–113. Administration of provisions of subchapter; disclosure of information.

(a) The Director is hereby authorized and directed to administer the provisions of this subchapter. The Director is further authorized to employ such officers, examiners, accountants, attorneys, experts, agents, and other persons, and to make such expenditures as may be necessary to administer this subchapter, and to authorize any such person to do any act or acts which could lawfully be done by the Director. The Council of the District of Columbia may, in its discretion, require bond from any employees of the Director engaged in carrying out the provisions of this subchapter.

(b)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Director is authorized to prescribe all regulations which may be necessary to implement this subchapter.

(2) Prior to the transmission of proposed regulations to the Council, the Director shall submit all proposed regulations to the Board for approval. The proposed regulations will be deemed approved and transmitted to the Council if the Board does not adopt a resolution of disapproval within 35 calendar days of the Board’s receipt of the proposed regulations.

(3) The Director shall be responsible for establishing rules pertaining to the alternative base period, defined in § 51-101(6)(B), which shall be published no later than 180 days following October 1, 2002, and shall include rules for:

(A) Obtaining wage information, if wage information for most recently completed calendar quarter is not available to the Department of Employment Services from regular quarterly reports or wage information that is systematically accessible; and

(B) Notifying claimants of alternative base period eligibility.

(c) The Mayor shall each year, not later than May 1st, submit to Council a report covering the administration and operation of this subchapter during the preceding calendar year, and containing such recommendations as the Mayor wishes to make.

(d)(1) The Director shall, whenever it believes that a change in the contribution or benefit rates is necessary to protect the solvency of the Fund, at once recommend such change to Council of the District of Columbia if in session.

(2) By January 1, 1992, the Mayor shall submit to the Council a report designed to provide sufficient reserves in the Fund on December 30th of each year to meet unemployment benefit payments for the forthcoming calendar year.

(3) By October 15th of each year following March 16, 1988, the Mayor shall submit to the Council an annual status report on the Fund. The report shall include information on:

(A) The computation of the employer tax rate to be used for the forthcoming calendar year; and

(B) A review of the prior 2 years and the current year, a forecast of the solvency of the Fund based on provisions of § 51-103(c)(4)(B)(ii) for the next 5 years, and the statistical and economic assumptions upon which the forecast is based.

(e)(1) In the administration of this subchapter, the Director shall cooperate with the Department of Labor to the fullest extent consistent with the provisions of this subchapter, and shall take such action, through the adoption of appropriate rules, regulations, administrative methods, and standards, as may be necessary to secure to the District and its citizens all advantages available under the provisions of the Social Security Act that relate to unemployment compensation, the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, or other Manpower Acts.

(2) In the administration of the provisions in § 51-107(g), which are enacted to conform with the requirements of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, the Director shall take such action as may be necessary:

(A) To ensure that the provisions are so interpreted and applied as to meet the requirements of such federal Act as interpreted by the Department of Labor; and

(B) To secure to the District the full reimbursement of the federal share of extended and regular benefits paid under this subchapter that are reimbursable under the federal Act.

(f) Except as hereinafter otherwise provided, information obtained from any employing unit or individual pursuant to the administration of this subchapter and determinations as to the benefit rights of any individual shall be held confidential and shall not be disclosed or be open to public inspection in any manner, whether by subpoena or otherwise, revealing the individual’s or employing unit’s identity. Any claimant (or his legal representative) shall be supplied with information from the records of the division, to the extent necessary for the proper presentation of his claim in any proceeding under this subchapter with respect thereto. Subject to such restrictions as the Director may by regulation prescribe, such information may be made available to any agency of this or any other state, or any federal agency, charged with the administration of an unemployment compensation law or the maintenance of a system of public employment offices, or the agency of any state or the federal agency charged with the administration of programs for food stamps, parent locator services and other support or paternity establishment services, public housing, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility, and supplemental security income, or the Department of Public Welfare of the government of any state, or the National Directory of New Hires established pursuant to section 316(f) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, approved August 22, 1996 (110 Stat. 2209, 42 U.S.C. § 653a) or any District of Columbia State Directory of New Hires established pursuant to § 313(b) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, or the United States Accounting Office or the Internal Revenue Service of the United States Department of the Treasury, or the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue, and information obtained in connection with the administration of the employment service may be made available to persons or agencies for purposes appropriate to the operation of a public employment service. Upon request therefor the Director shall furnish to any agency of the United States charged with the administration of public works or assistance through public employment, and may furnish to any state agency similarly charged, the name, address, ordinary occupation, and employment status of each recipient of benefits and such recipient’s rights to further benefits under this subchapter. The Director may request the Comptroller of the Currency of the United States to cause an examination of the correctness of any return or report of any national banking association rendered pursuant to the provisions of this subchapter, and may in connection with such request transmit any such report or return to the Comptroller of the Currency of the United States as provided in § 1606(c) of the federal Internal Revenue Code.

(g) In the discharge of the duties imposed by this subchapter, the Director and any duly authorized representative thereof shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations, take depositions, certify to official acts, and issue subpoenas to compel attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, and other records deemed necessary as evidence in connection with a disputed claim or the administration of this subchapter.

(h) In the case of contumacy by, or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to, any person, the Director may invoke the aid of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, and other records. Such Court may issue an order requiring such person to appear before the Director or officer designated by the Director, there to produce records, if so ordered, or to give testimony touching the matter in question; and any failure to obey such order of the Court may be punished by such Court as a contempt thereof. Any person who shall, without just cause, fail or refuse to attend and testify or to answer any lawful inquiry or to produce books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, and other records, if in his power so to do, in obedience to the subpoena of the Director, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than 1 year, or both.

(i) No person shall be excused from attending and testifying or from producing books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, and other records before the Director or in obedience to the subpoena of the Director or any officer designated by the Director, or in any cause or proceeding instituted by the Director, on the ground that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, required of him may tend to incriminate him or subject him to a penalty or forfeiture; but no individual shall be prosecuted or subjected to any penalty or forfeiture for or on account of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he is compelled, after having claimed his privilege against self-incrimination, to testify or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, except that such individual so testifying shall not be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in so testifying.


(Aug. 28, 1935, 49 Stat. 953, ch. 794, § 14; renumbered § 13, July 2, 1940, 54 Stat. 733, ch. 524, title I, § 1; June 4, 1943, 57 Stat. 118, ch. 117, § 1; June 25, 1948, 62 Stat. 991, ch. 646, § 32(b); May 24, 1949, 63 Stat. 107, ch. 139, § 127; Aug. 31, 1954, 68 Stat. 995, ch. 1139, § 1; Aug. 30, 1964, 78 Stat. 696, Pub. L. 88-514, § 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 573, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 155(c)(44)(D); Dec. 22, 1971, 85 Stat. 772, Pub. L. 92-211, § 2(41); Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-129, § 2(dd), 25 DCR 2451; Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 3205(a), 25 DCR 5740; Mar. 16, 1982, D.C. Law 4-86, § 2(f), 29 DCR 429; Sept. 17, 1982, D.C. Law 4-147, § 2(j), 29 DCR 3347; May 7, 1983, D.C. Law 5-3, § 2(s), 30 DCR 1371; Mar. 16, 1988, D.C. Law 7-91, § 2(c), 35 DCR 712; Sept. 24, 1993, D.C. Law 10-15, §§ 108, 211, 40 DCR 5420; May 16, 1995, D.C. Law 10-255, § 49(c), 41 DCR 5193; July 24, 1998, D.C. Law 12-132, § 2, 45 DCR 2931; Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-241, § 15, 46 DCR 905; Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 4002(b), 46 DCR 3142; Apr. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-269, § 111, 48 DCR 1270; June 9, 2001, D.C. Law 13-305, § 409, 48 DCR 334; Oct. 1, 2002, D.C. Law 14-190, § 2302(b), 49 DCR 6968.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 46-114.

1973 Ed., § 46-313.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-636.02, § 51-114, § 51-117, § 51-134, § 51-135, and § 51-136.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-269 inserted “and other support or paternity establishment services” following “parent locator services” in subsec. (f).

D.C. Law 13-305 substituted “or the Internal Revenue Service of the United States Department of the Treasury, or the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue” for “or the Internal Revenue Service of the United States Department of the Treasury” in subsec. (f).

D.C. Law 14-190 added subsec. (b)(3).

Cross References

Police power rules and regulations, see § 1-303.03.

Expiration of Law

Expiration of Law 5-3

Section 4 of D.C. Law 5-3, as amended by § 4 of D.C. Law 5-124, provided that except for provisions of § 2(a), (b), (d), (f)(2), (g), (h), (j), (l)(3), (m), (o), (p), (q), (r), and (s) of D.C. Law 5-3, D.C. Law 5-3 shall expire on December 31, 1985.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of section, see § 2 of the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Federal Conformity Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-192, November 12, 1997, 44 DCR 7102).

For temporary amendment of section, see § 10 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-222, December 23, 1997, 44 DCR 114).

For temporary amendment of section, see § 10 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-309, March 20, 1998, 45 DCR 1923), § 10 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Second Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-439, August 12, 1998, 45 DCR 6110), § 10 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-503, October 27, 1998, 45 DCR 8495), and § 10 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-600, January 20, 1999, 46 DCR 1239).

For temporary repeal of D.C. Law 12-103, see § 13 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Second Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-439, August 12, 1998, 45 DCR 6110).

For temporary amendment of section, see § 15 of the Self-Sufficiency Promotion Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-372, June 9, 1998, 45 DCR 4270), § 15 of the Self-Sufficiency Promotion Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-425, July 31, 1998, 45 DCR 5682), § 15 of the Self-Sufficiency Promotion Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-552, December 24, 1998, 46 DCR 521), and § 15 of the Self-Sufficiency Promotion Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-19, February 17, 1999, 46 DCR 2492).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 110 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-126, August 4, 1999, 46 DCR 6606).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 110 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-177, November 2, 1999, 46 DCR 9678).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 110 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-241, January 11, 2000, 47 DCR 581).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 110 of the Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-446, November 7, 2000, 47 DCR 9213).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 111 of Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-5, February 13, 2001, 48 DCR 2440).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see §§ 2202(b) and 2204 of Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-453, July 23, 2002, 49 DCR 8026).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 211 of District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Comprehensive Improvements Temporary Amendment Act of 1992 (D.C. Law 9-260, March 27, 1993, law notification 40 DCR 2330).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Federal Conformity Temporary Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Law 12-69, March 20, 1998, law notification 45 DCR 2104).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 10 of Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Temporary Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Law 12-103, May 8, 1998, law notification 45 DCR 3254).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 10 of Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Temporary Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Law 12-210, April 13, 1999, law notification 46 DCR 3832).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 112 of Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Temporary Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Law 13-57, March 7, 2000, law notification 47 DCR 1979).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 110 of Child Support and Welfare Reform Compliance Temporary Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Law 13-207, March 31, 2001, law notification 48 DCR 3238).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 15 of Self-Sufficiency Promotion Temporary Amendment Act of 1998 (D.C. Law 12-230, April 20, 1999, law notification 46 DCR 4143).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(e) of Unemployment Compensation Terrorist Response Temporary Amendment Act of 2001 (D.C. Law 14-75, March 6, 2002, law notification 49 DCR 2809).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2(e) of Unemployment Compensation Terrorist Response Temporary Amendment Act of 2002 (D.C. Law 14-171, July 23, 2002, law notification 49 DCR __).

References in Text

“Provisions of the Social Security Act that relate to unemployment compensation,” referred to in subsection (e)(1) of this section, may be found in 42 U.S.C. § 501 et seq. and 42 U.S.C. § 1101 et seq.

“The Federal Unemployment Tax Act,” referred to in subsection (e)(1), is a reference to 26 U.S.C. §§ 3301 to 3311.

“The Wagner-Peyser Act,” referred to in subsection (e)(1), is a reference to 29 U.S.C. § 49 et seq.

“The Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970,” referred to in subsections (e)(1) and (2), is set forth as a note to 26 U.S.C. § 3304.

Section 1606(c) of the federal Internal Revenue Code, referred to in subsection (f) of this section, is a reference to § 1606(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, 1939, and was repealed by § 1 of the Act of August 16, 1954, 68A Stat. 915, ch. 736, and is now covered by 26 U.S.C. § 3305(c).

Section 316(f) of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, referred to in (f), is codified at 42 U.S.C. § 653. Section 313(b) of that act, also referred to in (f), is codified at 42 U.S.C. § 653a.

Editor's Notes

Because of the amendment of the expiration provision in § 4 of D.C. Law 5-3 by § 4 of D.C. Law 5-124, the amendments made in this section by D.C. Law 5-3 are not subject to the December 31, 1985, expiration date.

District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act Rulemaking Approval Resolution of 1994: Pursuant to Proposed Resolution 11-179, deemed approved July 21, 1995, Council approved rules to carry out the purposes of the District of Columbia Unemployment Compensation Act.

Section 2304 of D.C. Law 14-190 provided that this subtitle [subtitle A of title XXIII, §§ 2301 to 2305 of D.C. Law 14-190] shall apply 180 calendar days after October 1, 2002.