Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 14. Office of the Chief Technology Officer.


Subchapter I. General.

§ 1–1401. Establishment of Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

(a) Pursuant to § 1-204.04(b), there is hereby established, in the Executive Branch of the government of the District of Columbia, an Office of the Chief Technology Officer (“Office”) under the supervision of a Chief Technology Officer, who shall carry out the functions and authorities assigned to the Office. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer is established as of July 13, 1998.

(b) The Chief Technology Officer shall have full authority over the Office and all functions and personnel assigned thereto, including the power to redelegate to other employees and officials of the Office such powers and authority as in the judgment of the Chief Technology Officer is warranted in the interests of efficiency and sound administration.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1812, 45 DCR 7193.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1195.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 9-1101.01.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of §§ 1-1195.1 to 1-1195.5 1981 Ed., see §§ 1412-1416 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Support Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-401, July 13, 1998, 45 DCR 4794), and see §§ 1412-1416 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-564, January 12, 1999, 46 DCR 669).

For temporary (90-day) addition of Chapter 11B 1981 Ed., see §§ 1412 to 1416 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-41, March 31, 1999, 46 DCR 3446).

Editor's Notes

Establishment of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer: Section 1811 of D.C. Law 12-175 provided this chapter may be cited as the “Office of the Chief Technology Officer Establishment Act of 1998.”

Section 2909(c)(1) of the E-Government Act of 2002, approved December 17, 2002 (P.L. 107-347; 116 Stat. 2899), states, in relevant part, the following:

“Sec. 3705. Application to Office of the Chief Technology Officer of the District of Columbia.

“(a) In General.-The Chief Technology Officer of the District of Columbia may arrange for the assignment of an employee of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer to a private sector organization, or an employee of a private sector organization to such Office, in the same manner as the head of an agency under this chapter.

“(b) Terms and Conditions.-An assignment made pursuant to subsection (a) shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as an assignment made by the head of an agency under this chapter, except that in applying such terms and conditions to an assignment made pursuant to subsection (a), any reference in this chapter to a provision of law or regulation of the United States shall be deemed to be a reference to the applicable provision of law or regulation of the District of Columbia, including the applicable provisions of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 ( sec. 1-601.01 et seq., D.C. Official Code) and section 601 of the District of Columbia Campaign Finance Reform and Conflict of Interest Act ( sec. 1-1106.01, D.C. Official Code).

“(c) Definition.-For purposes of this section, the term ‘Office of the Chief Technology Officer’ means the office established in the executive branch of the government of the District of Columbia under the Office of the Chief Technology Officer Establishment Act of 1998 ( sec. 1-1401 et seq., D.C. Official Code).”


§ 1–1402. Purpose.

The purpose of the Office is to centralize responsibility for the District government’s investments in information technology and telecommunications systems to help District departments and agencies provide services more efficiently and effectively. The Office will develop and enforce policy directives and standards regarding information technology and telecommunications systems throughout the District government. The Office will also serve as a source of expertise for District departments and agencies seeking to use information technology and telecommunications systems to improve services. In addition, the Office may work to ensure that reasonable, affordable access to high-speed Internet services is available to District residents and businesses.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1813, 45 DCR 7193; Sept. 24, 2010, D.C. Law 18-223, § 1042(a), 57 DCR 6242.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1195.2.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1406.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-223 added the last sentence.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of §§ 1-1195.1 to 1-1195.5 1981 Ed., see note to § 1-1401.

For temporary (90-day) addition of Chapter 11B 1981 Ed., see notes following § 1-1401.

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1042(a) of Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-463, July 2, 2010, 57 DCR 6542).

Short Title

Short title: Section 1041 of D.C. Law 18-223 provided that subtitle E of title I of the act may be cited as the “Technology Services Amendment Act of 2010”.

Editor's Notes

Establishment of Geographic Information System Steering Committee, see Mayor’s Order 2002-27, February 15, 2002 ( 49 DCR 1298).


§ 1–1403. Functions.

The functions assigned to the Office shall be to:

(1) Issue regulations governing the acquisition, use, and management of information technology and telecommunications systems and resources throughout the District government, including hardware, software, and contract services in the areas of data and word processing, telecommunications, printing and copying;

(2) Review and approve all agency proposals, purchase orders, and contracts for the acquisition of information technology and telecommunications systems, resources, and services, and recommend approval or disapproval to the Chief Procurement Officer;

(3) Review and approve the information technology and telecommunications budgets for District government department and agencies;

(4) Coordinate the development of information management plans, standards, systems, and procedures throughout the District government, including the development of an information technology strategic plan for the District;

(5) Assess new or emerging technologies and advise District department and agencies on the potential applications of these technologies to their programs and services;

(6) Implement information technology solutions and systems throughout the District government;

(7) Promote the compatibility of information technology and telecommunications systems throughout the District government;

(8) Serve as a resource and provide advice to District departments and agencies about how to use information technology and telecommunications systems to improve services, including assistance to departments and agencies in developing information technology strategic plans;

(9) Maintain and oversee all District data centers, including, but not limited to, the SHARE, Department of Human Services, Department of Employment Services, University of the District of Columbia, Metropolitan Police Department, Public Benefits Corporation, Saint Elizabeths, Department of Health, and District of Columbia Public Schools data centers; provided, that this paragraph shall not apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles;

(10)(A)(i) Review the use of landlines, wireless phone lines, and data for which the District pays for telecommunication services and decertify and disconnect such services whenever not in active use; and

(ii) Require District agencies to annually re-certify all inventory in the fixed cost management system of active landlines, wireless phone lines, and data circuits.

(B) The Office may:

(i) Disconnect landlines in favor of wireless devices and vice versa based on usage analysis and in consultation with agency directors; and

(ii) Review and reject any requests for telecommunication services that do not comply with the technology standards of the Office.

(C) The Office shall not impose any requirement, determination, or decision concerning, or otherwise interfere with, the telecommunications inventory of the Council unless the Council specifically consents;

(11) Developing and implementing solutions designed to ensure that residents and businesses in all areas of the District have reasonable, affordable access to high-speed Internet services; and

(12) In furtherance of paragraph (10) of this section, obtaining and expending federal grant funds for digital inclusion efforts and awarding sub-grants to nonprofit entities established in the District for the purpose of supporting digital inclusion efforts by such entities, including the following:

(A) Providing computer literacy training;

(B) Providing free or low-cost computers;

(C) Developing new online content;

(D) Conducting public outreach concerning the use, availability, and benefits of computers and the Internet; and

(E) Similar efforts to enhance the accessibility, usability, affordability, and perceived value of computers and the Internet among under-served populations of the District.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1814, 45 DCR 7193; Oct. 19, 2000, D.C. Law 13-172, § 2103(a), 47 DCR 6308; Nov. 13, 2003, D.C. Law 15-39, § 632, 50 DCR 5668; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-191, § 117, 53 DCR 6794; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 177, 56 DCR 1117; Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 1031, 57 DCR 181; Sept. 24, 2010, D.C. Law 18-223, § 1042(b), 57 DCR 6242; Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 1012, 58 DCR 6226.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1195.3.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1406.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-172 deleted “and” from the end of par. (7), substituted a semicolon for a period at the end of subsec. (8), and added par. (9).

D.C. Law 15-39, in par. (9), inserted “; provided, that this paragraph shall not apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles” before the period.

D.C. Law 16-191, in par. (8), validated a previously made technical correction.

D.C. Law 17-353 validated a previously made technical correction in par. (8).

D.C. Law 18-111 deleted “; and” from the end of par. (8); substituted “; and” for a period at the end of par. (9); and added par. (10).

D.C. Law 18-223, in par. (9), deleted “and” from the end; substituted “; and” for a period at the end of par. (10), and added par. (11).

D.C. Law 19-21, in par. (10)(C), deleted “and” from the end; in par. (11), substituted “; and” for a period; and added par. (12).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of §§ 1-1195.1 to 1-1195.5 1981 Ed., see note to § 1-1401.

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 4 of the Chief Technology Officer Year 2000 Remediation Procurement Authority Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-38, March 22, 1999, 46 DCR 3015).

For temporary (90-day) addition of Chapter 11B 1981 Ed., see notes following § 1-1401.

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 4 of the Chief Technology Officer Year 2000 Remediation Procurement Authority Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-106, July 9, 1999, 46 DCR 6028).

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 2103(a) of the Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-376, July 24, 2000, 47 DCR 6574).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2103(a) of the Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-438, October 20, 2000, 47 DCR 8740).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 632 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-105, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5613).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 632 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-149, September 22, 2003, 50 DCR 8360).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1031 of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1031 of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1042(b) of Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-463, July 2, 2010, 57 DCR 6542).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 4 of the Chief Technology Officer Year 2000 Remediation Procurement Authority Temporary Amendment Act of 1999 (D.C. Law 13-17, July 17, 1999, law notification 46 DCR 6314).

Short Title

Short title of subtitle D of title VI of Law 15-39: Section 631 of D.C. Law 15-39 provided that subtitle D of title VI of the act may be cited as the Department of Motor Vehicles Destiny Staffing Amendment Act of 2003.

Short title: Section 1030 of D.C. Law 18-111 provided that subtitle D of title I of the act may be cited as the “Telecommunication Accountability Amendment Act of 2009”.

Short title: Section 1011 of D.C. Law 19-21 provided that subtitle B of title I of the act may be cited as “Digital Inclusion Grant-making Amendment Act of 2011”.


§ 1–1404. Transfers.

All positions, personnel, property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, and other funds available or to be made available to the Chief Information Officer in the Office of the City Administrator pursuant to § 2-327.01 [repealed], or to the Department of Administrative Services for the information technology and telecommunications purposes and functions set out in Reorganization Plan No. 5 of 1983, effective March 1, 1984, are hereby transferred to the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1815, 45 DCR 7193.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1195.4.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of §§ 1-1195.1 to 1-1195.5 1981 Ed., see note to § 1-1401.

For temporary (90-day) addition of Chapter 11B 1981 Ed., see notes following § 1-1401.


§ 1–1405. Organization.

(a) There are hereby established 3 primary organizational functions in the Office as follows:

(1) The Office of the Chief Technology Officer, which will include the staff and organizational units needed to carry out the overall plans and directions for the District’s information technology, telecommunications policies, and data centers;

(2) Agency Support Services, which will provide direct assistance and support to the user agencies throughout the District government. Agency Support Services will also provide procurement and contract oversight and assistance for information technology and telecommunications, maintain standard technology-related contracts that all District departments and agencies may use, and manage projects that introduce new technologies and systems throughout the District government; and

(3) Technical Services, which will provide support for desktop computers, servers, phones, and network equipment, and identify cost savings, operational efficiencies, and ways to improve public services by introducing tested technologies such as electronic service delivery, document imaging, and Internet systems.

(b) The Chief Technology Officer, in the performance of his or her duties and functions, is authorized to restructure the organizational components of the Office as he or she deems necessary to improve the quality of services.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1816, 45 DCR 7193; Oct. 19, 2000, D.C. Law 13-172, § 2103(b), 47 DCR 6308.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1195.5.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-172, in par. (1) of subsec. (a), substituted “, telecommunications policies, and data centers” for “and telecommunications policies”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of §§ 1-1195.1 to 1-1195.5 1981 Ed., see note to § 1-1401.

For temporary (90-day) addition of Chapter 11B 1981 Ed., see notes following § 1-1401.

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 2103(b) of the Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-376, July 24, 2000, 47 DCR 6574).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2103(b) of the Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-438, October 20, 2000, 47 DCR 8740).


§ 1–1406. Applicability.

Sections 1-1402 and 1-1403 shall not apply to the Council of the District of Columbia, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor, or the Office of the Attorney General; provided, that the Council may enter into written agreements with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer to coordinate the operations of its electronic communications.


(Mar. 26, 1999, D.C. Law 12-175, § 1816a; as added Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 1102, 57 DCR 181; Oct. 30, 2018, D.C. Law 22-168, § 3092, 65 DCR 9388.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3092 of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 65 DCR 11212).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3092 of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 1102 of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 1102 of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).


Subchapter II. Technology Services Support.

§ 1–1431. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) Repealed.

(2) Repealed.

(3) “Costs” includes obligations incurred before September 18, 2007.

(4) “DC-NET program” means a program conducted by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer to implement and manage a state-of-the-art, fiber-optic network owned by the District government.

(5) Repealed.

(6) Repealed.


(Sept. 18, 2007, D.C. Law 17-20, § 1002, 54 DCR 7052; Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1042(a), 60 DCR 12472.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-61 repealed (1), (2), (5), and (6).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 1002 of Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-74, July 25, 2007, 54 DCR 7549).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1042(a) of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1042(a) of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

Short Title

Short title: Section 1001 of D.C. Law 17-20 provided that subtitle A of title I of the act may be cited as the “Technology Services Support Act of 2007”.

Section 1041 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle E of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Technology Services Support Amendment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.


§ 1–1432. DC-NET Services Support Fund.

(a) There is established as a nonlapsing fund the DC-NET Services Support Fund, which shall be used solely to defray operational costs of the DC-NET program. The DC-NET Services Support Fund shall be funded by payments for telecommunications services furnished by the DC-NET program of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer from independent District government agencies, agencies of the federal government, agencies of state or local governments, nonprofit entities providing services in the District of Columbia, entities outside the District government that may engage the DC-Net program to provide telecommunications services to the District of Columbia Public Schools, District of Columbia public charter schools, the District of Columbia Public Library, any open-access public network established for the purpose of providing Internet access services to underserved residents or neighborhoods in the District, and entities designated by the Mayor as necessary to support economic development initiatives of the District government. All funds collected from these sources shall be deposited into the DC-NET Services Support Fund.

(b) All funds deposited into the DC-NET Services Support Fund, and any interest earned thereon, shall not revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia at the end of a fiscal year, or at any other time, but shall be continually available for the uses and purposes set forth in subsection (a) of this section without regard to fiscal year limitation, subject to authorization by Congress.


(Sept. 18, 2007, D.C. Law 17-20, § 1003, 54 DCR 7052; Sept. 24, 2010, D.C. Law 18-223, § 1043, 57 DCR 6242; Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 1032, 61 DCR 9990.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-223, in subsec. (a), substituted “independent District government agencies, agencies of the federal government, agencies of state or local governments, nonprofit entities providing health care or education services in the District of Columbia, entities outside the District government that may engage the DC-Net program to provide telecommunications services to the District of Columbia Public Schools, District of Columbia public charter schools, the District of Columbia Public Library, and any open-access public network established for the purpose of providing Internet access services to underserved residents or neighborhoods in the District” for “independent District government agencies and entities outside the District government that may engage the DC-Net program to provide telecommunications services to the District of Columbia Public Schools”.

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-155, in (a), substituted “nonprofit entities providing services” for “nonprofit entities providing health care or education services” and substituted “any open-access public network established for the purpose of providing Internet access services to underserved residents or neighborhoods in the District, and entities designated by the Mayor as necessary to support economic development initiatives of the District government” for “and any open-access public network established for the purpose of providing Internet access services to underserved residents or neighborhoods in the District.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 1003 of Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-74, July 25, 2007, 54 DCR 7549).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1043 of Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-463, July 2, 2010, 57 DCR 6542).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1032 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1032 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1032 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).


§ 1–1433. Technology Infrastructure Services Support Fund.

(a) There is established as a special fund the Technology Infrastructure Services Support Fund (“Fund”), which shall be administered by the Chief Technology Officer in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

(b) The Fund shall consist of the revenue from payments by independent District government agencies and federal agencies for services provided by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

(c) The Fund shall be used solely to defray operational costs of programs of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, other than the DC-Net program, that the Chief Technology Officer shall designate based on the use of such programs to provide services to independent agencies of the District and agencies of the federal government.

(d) All funds deposited into the Fund but not expended in a fiscal year shall revert to the unrestricted fund balance of the General Fund of the District of Columbia.


(Sept. 18, 2007, D.C. Law 17-20, § 1004, 54 DCR 7052; Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1042(b), 60 DCR 12472; Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 9012, 61 DCR 9990.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-61 rewrote the section.

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-155 rewrote (d).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 1004 of Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-74, July 25, 2007, 54 DCR 7549).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1042(b) of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1042(b) of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see §§ 9012 and 9029 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 9012 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 9012 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).

Short Title

Section 1041 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle E of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Technology Services Support Amendment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-155: Section 9029 of D.C. Law 20-155 provided that the amendment by § 9012 of the act shall apply as of September 30, 2014.