Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 2. District of Columbia Home Rule.


Subchapter I. Short Title, Purposes, and Definitions.

§ 1–201.01. Short title.

This chapter may be cited as the “District of Columbia Home Rule Act”.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 777, Pub. L. 93-198, title I, § 101; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 251, Pub. L. 105-33, title XI, § 11717(a).)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-301.89b, § 1-603.01, § 1-1001.02, § 1-1161.01, § 2-1217.33a, § 2-1217.34a, § 2-1217.71, § 2-1217.102, § 2-1217.131, § 8-1778.01, § 9-107.51, § 34-1311.01, § 34-2202.03, § 47-334, § 47-340.01, and § 47-2752.


§ 1–201.02. Purposes.

(a) Subject to the retention by Congress of the ultimate legislative authority over the nation’s capital granted by article I, § 8, of the Constitution, the intent of Congress is to delegate certain legislative powers to the government of the District of Columbia; authorize the election of certain local officials by the registered qualified electors in the District of Columbia; grant to the inhabitants of the District of Columbia powers of local self-government; modernize, reorganize, and otherwise improve the governmental structure of the District of Columbia; and, to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the constitutional mandate, relieve Congress of the burden of legislating upon essentially local District matters.

(b) Congress further intends to implement certain recommendations of the Commission on the Organization of the Government of the District of Columbia and take certain other actions irrespective of whether the charter for greater self-government provided for in subchapter IV of this chapter is accepted or rejected by the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 777, Pub. L. 93-198, title I, § 102.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-201.

1973 Ed., § 1-121.

Cross References

Downtown sports and entertainment arena, financing, see § 47-2752.

Mayor, subpoena power, see § 1-301.21.

United States Congress, reservation of authority, see §§ 1-206.01, 1-206.02, 1-206.03, and 1-206.04.

Water and sewer authority, general powers and purpose, see §§ 34-2202.02 and 34-2202.03.

Editor's Notes

Section 11717(b) of Title XI of Pub. L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 786, the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, provided as follows:

“(b) References In Law—Any reference in law or regulation to the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the District of Columbia Home Rule Act.”


§ 1–201.03. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter:

(1) The term “District” means the District of Columbia.

(2) The term “Council” means the Council of the District of Columbia provided for by part A of subchapter IV of this chapter.

(3) The term “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of the District of Columbia established under Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967.

(4) The term “District of Columbia Council” means the Council of the District of Columbia established under Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967.

(5) The term “Chairman” means, unless otherwise provided in this Act, the Chairman of the Council provided for by part A of subchapter IV of this chapter.

(6) The term “Mayor” means the Mayor provided for by part B of subchapter IV of this chapter.

(7) The term “act” includes any legislation passed by the Council, except where the term “Act” is used to refer to this chapter or other Acts of Congress herein specified.

(8) The term “capital project” means any physical public betterment or improvement, the acquisition of property of a permanent nature, or the purchase of equipment or furnishings, and includes:

(A) Costs of any preliminary plans, studies, and surveys in connection with such betterment, improvement, acquisition, or purchase;

(B) Costs incidental to such betterment, improvement, acquisition, or purchase, and the financing thereof, including the cost of any election, professional fees, printing or engraving, production and reproduction of documents, publication of notices, taking of title, bond insurance, and interest during construction; and

(C) The reimbursement of any fund or account for amounts expended for the payment of any such costs.

(9) The term “pending”, when applied to any capital project, means authorized but not yet completed.

(10) The term “District revenues” means all funds derived from taxes, fees, charges, miscellaneous receipts, grants and other forms of financial assistance, or the sale of bonds, notes, or other obligations, and any funds administered by the District government under cost sharing arrangements.

(11) The term “election”, unless the context otherwise provides, means an election held pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

(12) The terms “publish” and “publication”, unless otherwise specifically provided herein, mean publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the District.

(13) The term “District of Columbia Courts” means the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

(14) The term “resources” means revenues, balances, enterprise or other revolving funds, and funds realized from borrowing.

(15) The term “budget” means the entire request for appropriations or loan or spending authority for all activities of all departments or agencies of the District of Columbia financed from all existing, proposed, or anticipated resources, and shall include both operating and capital expenditures.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 777, Pub. L. 93-198, title I, § 103; Dec. 28, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 1; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 141, Pub. L. 104-8, § 301(a)(1); Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 777, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11601(b)(1)(A).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-202.

1973 Ed., § 1-122.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-601, § 3-602, § 47-339.01, § 47-361, § 47-368.01, and § 47-368.02.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section 202 of Law 18-160, see § 2 of the Elected Attorney General Referendum Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-443, June 17, 2010, 57 DCR 5403).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section 202 of Law 18-160, see § 2 of the Elected Attorney General Referendum Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-532, August 6, 2010, 57 DCR 8142).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section 202 of D.C. Law 18-160, see § 204 of Receiving Stolen Property and Public Safety Amendments Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-261, December 21, 2011, 58 DCR 11232).

Editor's Notes

Application of § 301(a)(1) of Pub. L. 104-8: Section 301(a)(2) of Pub. L. 104-8, 109 Stat. 142, provided that the amendments made by paragraph (a)(1) shall apply with respect to revenues, resources, and budgets of the District of Columbia for fiscal years beginning with fiscal year 1996.

Law 18-160 not applicable: D.C. Law 18-160 contained an applicability clause for section 201 of the Act that, after amendment by emergency Act 18-443, temporary Law 18-224, and emergency Act 19-51, purported that section 201 would become law upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum pursuant to section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (HRA) and 35 days of congressional review. D.C. Law 18-160 purported to add a paragraph (16) to this section (§ 1-201.03) by referendum. The HRA does not allow this section to be amended by referendum.

Section 203 of D.C. Law 19-120 amended section 202 of D.C. Law 18-160 to read as follows: “Sec. 202. Applicability. Section 201 shall apply upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum held for such purpose and a 35-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 784; D.C. Official Code § 1-203.03), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.”.


Subchapter II. Governmental Reorganization.

§ 1–202.01. Redevelopment Land Agency.

(a)-(e)[Omitted].

(f) For the purpose of § 1-207.13(d), employees in the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency shall be deemed to be transferred to the District of Columbia as of January 2, 1975 without a break in service.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title II, § 201(f).)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-206.03, § 1-601.01, § 1-1001.02, and § 47-335.02.

Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-202.01(a) through (e) is omitted because the corresponding text of section 201(a) through (e) of Public Law 93-198 amended another law.


§ 1–202.02. National Capital Housing Authority.

(a) The National Capital Housing Authority (hereinafter referred to as the “Authority”) established under §§ 6-101.01 to 6-102.05 shall be an agency of the District of Columbia government subject to the organizational and reorganizational powers specified in §§ 1-204.04(b) and 1-204.22(12).

(b) All functions, powers, and duties of the President under §§ 6-101.01 to 6-102.05 shall be vested in and exercised by the Mayor. All employees, property (real and personal), and unexpended balances (available or to be made available) of appropriations, allocations, and all other funds, and assets and liabilities of the Authority are authorized to be transferred to the District of Columbia government.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title II, § 202.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-102.

1973 Ed., § 5-103a.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-206.03 and § 47-335.02.

Cross References

Succession in government, abolition of prior government, see § 1-207.11.

Succession in government, transfer of personnel, property, and funds, see § 1-207.13.

Editor's Notes

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Authority to Implement the Provisions of the District of Columbia Alley Dwelling Act, see Mayor’s Order 88-30, December 15, 1987; Mayor’s Order 88-161, December 15, 1987.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to the District of Columbia Council and to a Commissioner of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 1–202.03. National Capital Planning Commission and municipal planning [Omitted]


Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-202.03 is omitted because the corresponding text of section 203 of Public Law 93-198 amended another law.


§ 1–202.04. District of Columbia Manpower Administration.

(a) All functions of the Secretary of Labor (hereafter in this section referred to as the “Secretary”) under § 3 of the Act entitled “An Act to provide for the establishment of a national employment system and for cooperation with the states in the promotion of such system, and for other purposes,” approved June 6, 1933 (29 U.S.C. §§ 49-49k), with respect to the maintenance of a public employment service for the District, are transferred to the Mayor. After the effective date of this transfer, the Secretary shall maintain with the District the same relationship with respect to a public employment service in the District, including the financing of such service, as he has with the States (with respect to a public employment service in the states) generally.

(b) The Mayor is authorized and directed to establish and administer a public employment service in the District and to that end he shall have all necessary powers to cooperate with the Secretary in the same manner as a State under the Act of June 6, 1933, specified in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) [Omitted].

(d) All functions of the Secretary of Labor and of the Director of Apprenticeship under the Act entitled “An Act to provide for voluntary apprenticeship in the District of Columbia”, approved May 20, 1946, 1933 (29 U.S.C. §§ 49-49k) are transferred to and shall be exercised by the Mayor. The Office of Director of Apprenticeship provided for in § 32-1403 is abolished.

(e) All functions of the Secretary under chapter 81 of title 5 of the United States Code, with respect to the processing of claims filed by employees of the government of the District for compensation for work injuries, are transferred to and shall be exercised by the Mayor, effective the day after the day on which the District establishes an independent personnel system or systems.

(f) So much of the personnel, property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, and other funds employed, held, used, available, or to be made available in connection with functions transferred to the Mayor by the provisions of this section, as the Director of the Federal Office of Management and Budget shall determine, are authorized to be transferred from the Secretary to the Mayor.

(g) Any employee in the competitive service of the United States transferred to the government of the District under the provisions of this section shall retain all the rights, benefits, and privileges pertaining thereto held prior to such transfer.

(h) [Omitted].


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title II, § 204; Aug. 29, 1974, 88 Stat. 793, Pub. L. 93-395, § 1(1).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 36-406, 36-701.

1973 Ed., §§ 36-125a, 36-701.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-601.01 and § 1-623.46.

Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-202.04(c) and (h) is omitted because the corresponding text of section 204(c) and (h) of Public Law 93-198 amended other laws.


Subchapter III. District Charter Preamble, Legislative Power, and Charter Amending Procedure.

§ 1–203.01. District charter preamble.

The charter for the District of Columbia set forth in subchapter IV of this chapter shall establish the means of governance of the District following its acceptance by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District voting thereon in the charter referendum held with respect thereto.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 784, Pub. L. 93-198, title III, § 301.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-203.

1973 Ed., § 1-123.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-551.


§ 1–203.02. Legislative power.

Except as provided in §§ 1-206.01 to 1-206.03, the legislative power of the District shall extend to all rightful subjects of legislation within the District consistent with the Constitution of the United States and the provisions of this chapter subject to all the restrictions and limitations imposed upon the states by the 10th section of the 1st article of the Constitution of the United States.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 784, Pub. L. 93-198, title III, § 302.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-204.

1973 Ed., § 1-124.


§ 1–203.03. Charter amending procedure.

(a) The charter set forth in subchapter IV of this chapter (including any provision of law amended by such subchapter), except §§ 1-204.01(a) and 1-204.21(a), and part C of such subchapter, may be amended by an act passed by the Council and ratified by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District voting in the referendum held for such ratification. The Chairman of the Council shall submit all such acts to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate on the day the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies that such act was ratified by a majority of the registered qualified electors voting thereon in such referendum.

(b) An amendment to the charter ratified by the registered electors shall take effect upon the expiration of the 35-calendar-day period (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and days on which either House of Congress is not in session) following the date such amendment was submitted to the Congress, or upon the date prescribed by such amendment, whichever is later, unless during such 35-day period, there has been enacted into law a joint resolution, in accordance with the procedures specified in § 1-206.04, disapproving such amendment. In any case in which any such joint resolution disapproving such an amendment has, within such 35-day period, passed both Houses of Congress and has been transmitted to the President, such resolution, upon becoming law subsequent to the expiration of such 35-day period, shall be deemed to have repealed such amendment, as of the date such resolution becomes law.

(c) The Board of Elections and Ethics shall prescribe such rules as are necessary with respect to the distribution and signing of petitions and the holding of elections for ratifying amendments to subchapter IV of this chapter according to the procedures specified in subsection (a) of this section.

(d) The amending procedure provided in this section may not be used to enact any law or affect any law with respect to which the Council may not enact any act, resolution, or rule under the limitations specified in §§ 1-206.01 to 1-206.03.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 784, Pub. L. 93-198, title III, § 303; Aug. 14, 1974, 88 Stat. 458, Pub. L. 93-376, title III, § 306(a); Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1974, Pub. L. 98-473, § 131(b).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-205.

1973 Ed., § 1-125.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1163.36.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of § 202 of D.C. Law 18-160, see § 2 of Elected Attorney General Referendum Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-51, April 27, 2011, 58 DCR 3878).

Editor's Notes

Fiscal year: Section 131(n) of Pub. L. 98-473 provided that the provisions of this section shall be effective hereafter without limitation as to fiscal year, notwithstanding any other provision of the joint resolution.


Subchapter IV. The District Charter.

Part A. The Council.

Subpart 1. Creation of the Council.

§ 1–204.01. Creation and membership.

(a) There is established a Council of the District of Columbia; and the members of the Council shall be elected by the registered qualified electors of the District.

(b)(1) The Council established under subsection (a) of this section shall consist of 13 members elected on a partisan basis. The Chairman and 4 members shall be elected at large in the District, and 8 members shall be elected 1 each from the 8 election wards established, from time to time, under Chapter 10 of this title. The term of office of the members of the Council shall be 4 years, except as provided in paragraph (3) of this subsection, and shall begin at noon on January 2nd of the year following their election.

(2) In the case of the first election held for the office of member of the Council after January 2, 1975, not more than 2 of the at-large members (excluding the Chairman) shall be nominated by the same political party. Thereafter, a political party may nominate a number of candidates for the office of at-large member of the Council equal to 1 less than the total number of at-large members (excluding the Chairman) to be elected in such election.

(3) To fill a vacancy in the Office of Chairman, the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District on the Tuesday occurring at least 70 days and not more than 174 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs which the Board of Elections determines, based on a totality of the circumstances, taking into account, inter alia, cultural and religious holidays and the administrability of the election, will provide the opportunity for the greatest level of voter participation. The person elected Chairman to fill a vacancy in the Office of Chairman shall take office on the day in which the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies his election, and shall serve as Chairman only for the remainder of the term during which such vacancy occurred. When the Office of Chairman becomes vacant, the Council shall select one of the elected at-large members of the Council to serve as Chairman and one to serve as Chairman pro tempore until the election of a new Chairman.

(4) Of the members first elected after January 2, 1975, the Chairman and 2 members elected at large and 4 of the members elected from election wards shall serve for 4-year terms; and 2 of the at-large members and 4 of the members elected from election wards shall serve for 2-year terms. The members to serve the 4-year terms and the members to serve the 2-year terms shall be determined by the Board of Elections and Ethics by lot, except that not more than one of the at-large members nominated by any political party shall serve for any such 4-year term.

(c) The Council may establish and select such other officers and employees as it deems necessary and appropriate to carry out the functions of the Council.

(d)(1) In the event of a vacancy in the Council of a member elected from a ward, the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District on the Tuesday occurring at least 70 days and not more than 174 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs which the Board of Elections determines, based on a totality of the circumstances, taking into account, inter alia, cultural and religious holidays and the administrability of the election, will provide the opportunity for the greatest level of voter participation. The person elected as a member to fill a vacancy on the Council shall take office on the day on which the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies his election, and shall serve as a member of the Council only for the remainder of the term during which such vacancy occurred.

(2) In the event of a vacancy in the Office of Mayor, and if the Chairman becomes a candidate for the Office of Mayor to fill such vacancy, the Office of Chairman shall be deemed vacant as of the date of the filing of his candidacy. In the event of a vacancy in the Council of a member elected at large, other than a vacancy in the Office of Chairman, who is affiliated with a political party, the central committee of such political party shall appoint a person to fill such vacancy, until the Board of Elections and Ethics can hold a special election to fill such vacancy, and such special election shall be held on the Tuesday occurring at least 70 days and not more than 174 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs which the Board of Elections determines, based on a totality of the circumstances, taking into account, inter alia, cultural and religious holidays and the administrability of the election, will provide the opportunity for the greatest level of voter participation. The person appointed to fill such vacancy shall take office on the date of his appointment and shall serve as a member of the Council until the day on which the Board certifies the election of the member elected to fill such vacancy in either a special election or a general election. The person elected as a member to fill such a vacancy on the Council shall take office on the day on which the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies his election, and shall serve as a member of the Council only for the remainder of the term during which such vacancy occurred. With respect to a vacancy on the Council of a member elected at large who is not affiliated with any political party, the Council shall appoint a similarly non-affiliated person to fill such vacancy until such vacancy can be filled in a special election in the manner prescribed in this paragraph. Such person appointed by the Council shall take office and serve as a member at the same time and for the same term as a member appointed by a central committee of a political party.

(3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, at no time shall there be more than 3 members (including the Chairman) serving at large on the Council who are affiliated with the same political party.

(e)(1) By a 5/6 vote of its members, the Council may adopt a resolution of expulsion if it finds, based on substantial evidence, that a member of the Council took an action that amounts to a gross failure to meet the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. Expulsion is the most severe punitive action, serving as a penalty imposed for egregious wrongdoing. Expulsion results in the removal of the member. Expulsion should be used in cases in which the Council determines that the violation of law committed by a member is of the most serious nature, including those violations that substantially threaten the public trust. To protect the exercise of official member duties and the overriding principle of freedom of speech, the Council shall not impose expulsion on any member for the exercise of his or her First Amendment right, no matter how distasteful the expression of that right was to the Council and the District, or in the official exercise of his or her office.

(2) The Council shall include in its Rules of Organization procedures for investigation, and consideration of, the expulsion of a member.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 785, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 401; Aug. 14, 1974, 88 Stat. 458, Pub. L. 93-376, title III, § 306(a); Aug. 29, 1974, 88 Stat. 793, Pub. L. 93-395, § 1(2); July 18, 2012, 126 Stat. 1133, Pub. L. 112-145, § 2(a); July 31, 2013, D.C. Law 19-124A, § 401(a), 59 DCR 1862.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-221.

1973 Ed., § 1-141.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-203.03, § 1-204.114, § 1-207.71, § 1-301.47, § 1-603.01, § 1-1001.17, § 2-502, § 2-601, § 2-1401.02, § 38-1201.03, § 38-1800.02, § 39-202, § 47-802, and § 47-1401.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 112-145, in subsec. (b)(3), rewrote the first sentence, which had read: “To fill a vacancy in the Office of Chairman, the Board of Elections and Ethics shall hold a special election in the District on the 1st Tuesday occurring more than 114 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs, unless the Board of Elections and Ethics determines that such vacancy could be more practicably filled in a special election held on the same day as the next general election to be held in the District occurring within 60 days of the date on which a special election would otherwise have been held under the provisions of this paragraph.”; in subsec. (d)(1), rewrote the first sentence which had read: “In the event of a vacancy in the Council of a member elected from a ward, the Board of Elections and Ethics shall hold a special election in such ward to fill such vacancy on the 1st Tuesday occurring more than 114 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs, unless the Board of Elections and Ethics determines that such vacancy could be more practicably filled in a special election held on the same day as the next general election to be held in the District occurring within 60 days of the date on which a special election would otherwise have been held under the provisions of this subsection.”; and, in the second sentence of subsec. (d)(2), substituted “and such special election shall be held on the Tuesday occurring at least 70 days and not more than 174 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs which the Board of Elections determines, based on a totality of the circumstances, taking into account, inter alia, cultural and religious holidays and the administrability of the election, will provide the opportunity for the greatest level of voter participation.” for “and such special election shall be held on the 1st Tuesday occurring more than 114 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs unless the Board of Elections and Ethics determines that such vacancy could be more practicably filled in a special election held on the same day as the next general election to be held in the District occurring within 60 days of the date on which a special election would otherwise be held under the provisions of this subsection.”

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-124A added (e).

Cross References

Elected officials, use of official mail, see § 2-701 et seq.

Elections, recall of elected officials, see § 1-1001.17.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see §§ 2(a), 3 of Special Election Reform Charter Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-591, November 3, 2010, 57 DCR 10470).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 3 of Special Election Reform Charter Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-7, February 11, 2011, 58 DCR 1416).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(a) of Special Election Reform Charter Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-7, February 11, 2011, 58 DCR 1416).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 301(a) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 602(b) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

Temporary Legislation

Section 2(a) of D.C. Law 18-301, in subsecs. (b) and (d), substituted “more than seventy days” for “more than one hundred fourteen days” wherever it appears.

Section 3 of D.C. Law 18-301 provided that this act shall apply upon enactment by Congress.

Section 5(b) of D.C. Law 18-301 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Effective Dates

Section 3 of Pub. L. 112-145 provided: “Sec. 3. Effective Date. The amendments made by section 2 shall apply with respect to vacancies occurring on or after the enactment of this Act.”

Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided: “(j) Title IV shall apply on its effective date as provided in section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 784; D.C. Official Code § 1-203.03).”

Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 contained an applicability clause for title IV of the Act that stated that title IV, containing section 401, would become law upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.

Section 702(b) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided that § 401 of the act would become law upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.

D.C. Law 19-124 became effective on April 27, 2012. Section 401 of that law was ratified by the electors of the District of Columbia in a general and special election held on November 6, 2012, and certified by the District of Columbia Board of Elections on November 29, 2012. Section 401 became effective as law on July 31, 2013, following 35 days of congressional review and assigned Law Number 19-124A. D.C. Law 19-124A, § 401 amended sections 401, 402, and 421 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (D.C. Official Code §§ 1-204.01, 1-204.02, and 1-204.21).

Editor's Notes

Section 2 of D.C. Law 17-156 amended this section subject to congressional enactment. As of the publication of this note, congress has not enacted section 2 of D.C. Law 17-156.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-124, § 401: Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided that Title IV of the act shall apply on its effective date as provided in § 1-203.03; in other words, that D.C. Law 19-124, § 401 shall apply upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.


§ 1–204.02. Qualifications for holding office.

No person shall hold the office of member of the Council, including the Office of Chairman, unless he: (1) Is a qualified elector; (2) is domiciled in the District and if he is nominated for election from a particular ward, resides in the ward from which he is nominated; (3) has resided and been domiciled in the District for 1 year immediately preceding the day on which the general or special election for such office is to be held; (4) has not been convicted of a felony while holding the office; and (5) holds no public office (other than his employment in and position as a member of the Council), for which he is compensated in an amount in excess of his actual expenses in connection therewith, except that nothing in this clause shall prohibit any such person, while a member of the Council, from serving as a delegate or alternate delegate to a convention of a political party nominating candidates for President and Vice President of the United States, or from holding an appointment in a reserve component of an armed force of the United States other than a member serving on active duty under a call for more than 30 days. A member of the Council shall forfeit his office upon failure to maintain the qualifications required by this section, and, in the case of the Chairman, § 1-204.03(c).


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 786, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 402; July 31, 2013, D.C. Law 19-124A, § 401(b), 59 DCR 1862.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-225.

1973 Ed., § 1-142.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-124A added “has not been convicted of a felony while holding the office” and made related changes.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 301(b) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 602(b) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

Effective Dates

Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided: “(j) Title IV shall apply on its effective date as provided in section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 784; D.C. Official Code § 1-203.03).”

Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 contained an applicability clause for title IV of the Act that stated that title IV, containing section 401, would become law upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.

Section 702(b) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided that § 401 of the act would become law upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.

D.C. Law 19-124 became effective on April 27, 2012. Section 401 of that law was ratified by the electors of the District of Columbia in a general and special election held on November 6, 2012, and certified by the District of Columbia Board of Elections on November 29, 2012. Section 401 became effective as law on July 31, 2013, following 35 days of congressional review and assigned Law Number 19-124A. D.C. Law 19-124A, § 401 amended sections 401, 402, and 421 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (D.C. Official Code §§ 1-204.01, 1-204.02, and 1-204.21).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-124, § 401: Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided that Title IV of the act shall apply on its effective date as provided in § 1-203.03; in other words, that D.C. Law 19-124, § 401 shall apply upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.


§ 1–204.03. Compensation.

(a) Each member of the Council shall receive compensation, payable in periodic installments, at a rate equal to the maximum rate as may be established from time to time for grade 12 of the General Schedule under § 5332 of Title 5 of the United States Code. On and after the end of the 2-year period beginning on the day the members of the Council first elected under this chapter take office, the Council may, by act, increase or decrease such rate of compensation. Such change in compensation, upon enactment by the Council in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, shall apply with respect to the term of members of the Council beginning after the date of enactment of such change.

(b) All members of the Council shall receive additional allowances for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties of office as may be approved by the Council.

(c) The Chairman shall not engage in any employment (whether as an employee or as a self-employed individual) or hold any position (other than his position as Chairman), for which he is compensated in an amount in excess of his actual expenses in connection therewith.

(d) Notwithstanding subsection (a), as of December 21, 2001, the Chairman shall receive compensation, payable in equal installments, at a rate equal to $10,000 less than the annual compensation of the Mayor.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 787, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 403; Dec. 21, 2001, 107 Stat. 957, Pub. L. 107-96, § 136.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-226.

1973 Ed., § 1-143.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-123, § 1-204.02, § 1-301.85, § 1-602.02, § 1-611.09, and § 1-611.54.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 107-96, in subsec. (c), deleted “shall receive, in addition to the compensation to which he is entitled as a member of the Council, $10,000 per annum, payable in equal installments, for each year he serves as Chairman, but the Chairman” preceding “shall not engage”; and added subsec. (d).

Cross References

Campaign finance, see § 1-1101.01 et seq.

Compensation of Mayor and councilmembers, see § 1-611.09.

Merit system, coverage and limitations, see § 1-602.02.

Editor's Notes

Request for Congressional action: Pursuant to § 5 of D.C. Law 10-168 and § 5 of D.C. Law 10-225 the Council requested that the United States Congress enact legislation to repeal subsection (c) of this section.


§ 1–204.04. Powers of the Council.

(a) Subject to the limitations specified in §§ 1-206.01 to 1-206.04, the legislative power granted to the District by this chapter is vested in and shall be exercised by the Council in accordance with this chapter. In addition, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, all functions granted to or imposed upon, or vested in or transferred to the District of Columbia Council, as established by Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967, shall be carried out by the Council in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

(b) The Council shall have authority to create, abolish, or organize any office, agency, department, or instrumentality of the government of the District and to define the powers, duties, and responsibilities of any such office, agency, department, or instrumentality.

(c) The Council shall adopt and publish rules of procedures which shall include provisions for adequate public notification of intended actions of the Council.

(d) Every act shall be published and codified upon becoming law as the Council may direct.

(e) An act passed by the Council shall be presented by the Chairman of the Council to the Mayor, who shall, within 10 calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) after the act is presented to him, either approve or disapprove such act. If the Mayor shall approve such act, he shall indicate the same by affixing his signature thereto, and such act shall become law subject to the provisions of § 1-206.02(c). If the Mayor shall disapprove such act, he shall, within 10 calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) after it is presented to him, return such act to the Council setting forth in writing his reasons for such disapproval. If any act so passed shall not be returned to the Council by the Mayor within 10 calendar days after it shall have been presented to him, the Mayor shall be deemed to have approved it, and such act shall become law subject to the provisions of § 1-206.02(c) unless the Council by a recess of 10 days or more prevents its return, in which case it shall not become law. If, within 30 calendar days after an act has been timely returned by the Mayor to the Council with his disapproval, two-thirds of the members of the Council present and voting vote to reenact such act, the act so reenacted shall become law subject to the provisions of § 1-206.02(c).

(f) In the case of any budget act adopted by the Council pursuant to § 1-204.46 and submitted to the Mayor in accordance with subsection (e) of this section, the Mayor shall have power to disapprove any items or provisions, or both, of such act and approve the remainder. In any case in which the Mayor so disapproves of any item or provision, he shall append to the act when he signs it a statement of the item or provision which he disapproves, and shall, within such 10-day period, return a copy of the act and statement with his objections to the Council. If, within 30 calendar days after any such item or provision so disapproved has been timely returned by the Mayor to the Council, two-thirds of the members of the Council present and voting vote to reenact any such item or provision, such item or provision so reenacted shall be incorporated in the budget act and become law subject to the provisions of § 1-206.02(c). In any case in which the Mayor fails to timely return any such item or provision so disapproved to the Council, the Mayor shall be deemed to have approved such item or provision not returned, and such item or provision not returned shall be incorporated in the budget act and become law subject to the provisions of § 1-206.02(c). In the case of any budget act for a fiscal year which is a control year (as defined in § 47-393(4)), this subsection shall apply as if the reference in the second sentence to “ten-day period” were a reference to “five-day period” and the reference in the third sentence to “thirty calendar days” were a reference to “5 calendar days.”


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 787, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 404; Oct. 27, 1978, 92 Stat. 2023, Pub. L. 95-526; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 116, Pub. L. 104-8, § 202(f)(2); July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(b), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-227.

1973 Ed., § 1-144.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-202.02, § 1-204.102, § 1-207.12, § 1-301.191, § 1-1001.16, § 1-1401, § 2-218.11, § 2-218.21, § 2-219.33, § 2-1203.01, § 2-1411.01, § 2-1411.06, § 2-1515.02, § 3-603, § 6-623.03, § 7-761.03, § 7-771.02, § 8-151.03, § 10-166, § 10-1301, § 31-1202, § 38-171, § 38-191, § 38-1208.02, § 39-201, § 47-392.02, § 47-392.08, § 50-901, and § 50-921.01.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “incorporated in the budget act and become law subject to the provisions of § 1-206.02(c)” for “transmitted by the Chairman to the President of the United States” twice in (f).

Cross References

Acts and resolutions, effectiveness, publication prerequisite, see § 2-602.

Boxing and wrestling commission, statement of authority, see § 3-603.

Budget and financial management, review of financial plan, see § 47-392.02.

Budget and financial management, special rules for fiscal year 1996, see § 47-392.08.

Commission on the arts and humanities, authorization, see § 39-201.

Council, authority over elections, see § 1-207.52.

Department of administrative services and related agencies, transfer of functions to Council, see § 10-1301.

Department of human rights and local business development, abolishment, see § 2-1411.06.

Department of insurance and securities regulation, establishment, see § 31-102.

Department of motor vehicles, establishment, see § 50-901.

Economic development liaison office, establishment, see § 2-1203.01.

Initiative and referendum process, see § 1-1001.16.

Insurance regulatory trust fund, establishment, see § 31-1202.

National capital housing authority, creation, see § 1-202.02.

Office of chief technology officer, establishment, see § 1-1401.

Office of economic development, transfer of authority to board of corporation, see § 2-1219.29.

Office of human rights, establishment, see § 2-1411.01.

Office of property management, establishment, see § 10-1001.

Office of zoning, powers and duties, see § 6-623.03.

Open meetings, availability of written transcripts, see § 1-207.42.

Public acts and resolutions, publication requirements, see § 2-602.

Public space park areas, transfer of jurisdiction to department of recreation, see § 10-166.

Transitional council and offices, delegation and transfer of functions, see § 1-207.12.

Washington convention center, board of directors, powers and duties, see § 10-1212.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary enactment of reorganization plan to consolidate all psychiatric services provided to inmates at the D.C. Jail and the Lorton Correctional Facility within the DOC, see § 3 of the Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-57, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2226), and see § 3 of the Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-201, December 10, 1997, 44 DCR 7600).

For temporary transfer of the Bureau of Correctional Services from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Corrections, see § 2 of the Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-57, March 31, 1997, 44 DCR 2226), §§ 2-3 of the Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Emergency Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-201, December 10, 1997, 44 DCR 7600), and §§ 2-3 of the Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-510, November 10, 1998, 45 DCR 8149).

For temporary reorganization of the Department of Human Services to transfer the Bureau of Correctional Services from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Corrections, see §§ 2-3 of the Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-510, November 10, 1998, 45 DCR 8149), and §§ 2-3 of the Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-8, February 8, 1999, 46 DCR 2313).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 1022 of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-93, June 29, 2011, 58 DCR 5599).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of title D of article VI of D.C. Res. 19-1, see § 401(b) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of article I of D.C. Res. 19-281, see § 401(p) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

For temporary amendment of (f), see § 2(b) of the Local Budget Autonomy Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-566, January 7, 2013, 59 DCR 15061, applicable as of January 1, 2014, and effective as provided in § 1-203.03.

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Temporary Act of 1996 (D.C. Law 11-214, April 9, 1997, law notification 44 DCR 2409).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Temporary Act of 1997 (D.C. Law 12-80, March 24, 1998, law notification 45 DCR 2115).

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections Temporary Act of 1998 (D.C. Law 12-214, April 13, 1999, law notification 46 DCR 3836).

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

Waiver of Congressional review for certain revenue bond acts: Section 1 of Pub. L. 99-242 amended § 2 of Pub. L. 99-216 to include also D.C. Laws 6-78 and 6-79. Section 2 provided that they should take effect as if included in Pub. L. 99-216, with certain restrictions.

Waiver of Congressional review for certain revenue bond acts: Section 136(a) of H.R. 3067, amended by H.R. 99-419, incorporated in Pub. L. 99-190 by § 101(c), the D.C. Appropriation Act, 1986, provided that § 602(c) of the Self-Government Act (Pub. L. 93-198) shall not apply to certain acts authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds. Section 136(b) of H.R. 3067 provided that the subject revenue bond acts shall take effect on the date of enactment of the act. Pub. L. 99-190 was approved Dec. 19, 1985. The revenue bond acts subject to waiver of review, set forth in § 136(c) of H.R. 3067, are The Georgetown University Higher Education Facilities Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-75), The Sibley Memorial Hospital Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-70), The Forrest Marbury House Project Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-86), The American University Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-78), and The George Washington University Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-79).

Section 2 of Pub. L. 99-216 also waived Congressional review for D.C. Laws 6-75 and 6-70, providing that they take effect on the date of enactment of the public law, which was approved Dec. 26, 1985.

Exchange of property: Act of February 26, 1981, D.C. Law 3-116, authorized the Mayor to transfer the Old Benning Road Elementary School to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in exchange for the Brook Mansion and basic renovation thereof.

Act of February 24, 1984, D.C. Law 5-49, authorized the Mayor to exchange parcel 260/13, owned by the District of Columbia, for parcel 261/12, owned by the Potomac Electric Power Company (Ward 8).

Act of March 14, 1984, D.C. Law 5-68, authorized the Mayor to convey, by sale or exchange, in whole or in part, to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority certain real property owned in fee simple by the District for municipal use in Squares 3831 and 3828 and Parcel 1.

Establishment and elimination of building restriction lines: Section 3 of D.C. Law 8-8 provided that following June 16, 1989, the Surveyor shall record a copy of this act and the Surveyor’s plat filed under S.O. 87-394.

Conveyance of parcel : Section 2 of D.C. Law 6-164 provided that the Mayor is authorized to convey that portion of parcel used by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for parking lot and access road purposes, and may execute a deed or deeds for the conveyance of the real property.

Establishment and elimination of building restriction lines: Section 2 of D.C. Law 8-8 provided that (1) The building restriction line in Lot 26 in Square 1853 on the north side of Reno Road, N.W., as shown on the Surveyor’s plat filed under S.O. 87-394, is unnecessary for public purposes and it was ordered eliminated; and (2) A building restriction line in Lot 26 in Square 1853 on the south side of Ingomar Street, N.W., as shown on the Surveyor’s plat filed under S.O. 87-394, is necessary for public purposes and it was ordered established.

Transfer of the Office of the Surveyor: Sections 5002 through 5004 of D.C. Law 12-261 provided that pursuant to this section, the Office of the Surveyor, in the Department of Public Works (“DPW”), established by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1982, effective December 8, 1982, and transferred to DPW under Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1983, effective March 1, 1984, is hereby transferred to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (“DCRA”). The purpose of the transfer is to provide for the more efficient operation of the Office of the Surveyor and the development process in the District of Columbia. All of the duties and functions assigned or delegated to the existing office of the Surveyor in DPW, are hereby transferred to the Office of the Surveyor in DCRA, along with all positions, property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriation, allocations and other funds available or to be made available relating to the above functions.

Reorganization Plan No. 5 for the Department of Human Services and Department of Corrections: Section 2 of D.C. Law 12-256 provided for the reorganization, pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, of the Department of Human Services in transferring the Bureau of Correctional Services from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Corrections as set forth in § 3 of D.C. Law 12-256.D.C. Law 12-256.

Rules Resolution for the Council of the District of Columbia Council Period XI: Pursuant to Resolution 11-1, effective January 3, 1995, the Council provided rules of organization and procedure for the Councils of the District of Columbia during Council Period XI.

Rules Resolution for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period XI, Federal-Aid Highway Contract Review Amendment Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-368, effective June 4, Council amended the Rules Resolution for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period XI to permit proposed federal-aid highway contracts in excess $1 million to be transmitted to the Council for review during a Council recess, to permit the time period for Council review of a proposed federal-aid highway contract in excess of $1 million to begin on the day following its receipt by the Council and to permit the establishment of a procedure to permit the Council to complete its review of proposed federal-aid highway contracts in excess of $1 million upon approval the Department of Public Works’ annual capital program.

Rules Resolution for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period XI, Contract Review Emergency Amendment Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-476, effective July 17, Council amended, on an emergency basis, the Rules Resolution for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period XI to permit specified proposed contracts in excess of $1 million to be transmitted to the Council for review during a Council recess, and to permit the time period for Council review of specified proposed contracts in excess of $1 million to begin on the day following its receipt by the Council.

Rules Resolution for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period XII, and the MOU on the President’s Plan Resolution of 1997: Pursuant to Resolution 12-047, effective Mar. 4, 1997, the Rules Resolution for Council Period XII, and the MOU on the President’s Plan Resolution, were adopted.

Authority Recommendation Procedure and Fiscal Impact Rules Amendment Resolution of 1997: Pursuant to Resolution 12-100, effective May 6, 1997, the Authority Recommendation Procedure and Fiscal Impact Rules Amendment Resolution of 1997 was adopted.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.

Resolutions

Resolution 19-1, the “Rules for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period 19 Resolution of 2011”, was adopted effective January 3, 2011, and by D.C. Resolution 19-281, § 3, effective November 1, 2011, and by D.C. Law 19-124, § 501(b), effective April 27, 2012.


Subpart 2. Organization and Procedure of the Council.

§ 1–204.11. The Chairman.

(a) The Chairman shall be the presiding officer of the Council.

(b) When the Office of Mayor is vacant, the Chairman shall act in his stead. While the Chairman is Acting Mayor he shall not exercise any of his authority as Chairman or member of the Council.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 788, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 411.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-228.

1973 Ed., § 1-145.


§ 1–204.12. Acts, resolutions, and requirements for quorum.

(a) The Council, to discharge the powers and duties imposed herein, shall pass acts and adopt resolutions, upon a vote of a majority of the members of the Council present and voting, unless otherwise provided in this chapter or by the Council. Except as provided in the last sentence of this subsection, the Council shall use acts for all legislative purposes. Each proposed act shall be read twice in substantially the same form, with at least 13 days intervening between each reading. Upon final adoption by the Council each act shall be made immediately available to the public in a manner which the Council shall determine. If the Council determines, by a vote of two-thirds of the members, that emergency circumstances make it necessary that an act be passed after a single reading, or that it take effect immediately upon enactment, such act shall be effective for a period of not to exceed 90 days. Resolutions shall be used (1) to express simple determinations, decisions, or directions of the Council of a special or temporary character; and (2) to approve or disapprove proposed actions of a kind historically or traditionally transmitted by the Mayor, the Board of Elections, Public Service Commission, Armory Board, Board of Education, the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia, or the Convention Center Board of Directors to the Council pursuant to an act. Such resolutions must be specifically authorized by that act and must be designed to implement that act.

(b) A special election may be called by resolution of the Council to present for an advisory referendum vote of the people any proposition upon which the Council desires to take action.

(c) A majority of the Council shall constitute a quorum for the lawful convening of any meeting and for the transaction of business of the Council, except a lesser number may hold hearings.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 788, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 412; Oct. 27, 1978, 92 Stat. 2023, Pub. L. 95-526; Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1974, Pub. L. 98-473, § 131(c); July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(c), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-229.

1973 Ed., § 1-146.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-206.02, § 2-552, § 2-602, § 8-171.04, and § 47-802.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-321 deleted “(other than an act to which § 1-204.46 applies)” following ”Each proposed act” in the third sentence of (a).

Cross References

Administrative procedure, municipal regulations, see § 2-552.

Codification and publication of acts and resolutions, see § 2-601 et seq.

Office of energy, emergency energy shortage contingency plan, see § 2-904.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of section, see § 2(c) of the Local Budget Autonomy Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-566, January 7, 2013, 59 DCR 15061, applicable as of January 1, 2014, and effective as provided in § 1-203.03.

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

Temporary legislation: Pursuant to (a), the Council often adopts temporary legislation in conjunction with emergency legislation which takes effect after a period of Congressional review following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council of the District of Columbia to override the veto), as provided in § 1-206.02(c). Such legislation carries an expiration provision limiting its application, usually, to 225 days. Amendatory temporary legislation is treated under the code section affected; following this, it is listed in the D.C. Laws Not Codified table found in the Tables Volume.

Emergency legislation: Pursuant to (a), the Council adopts emergency legislation which takes effect upon its enactment (approval by the Mayor, or in the event of veto by the Mayor, override of the veto by the Council) and which remain in effect for no longer than 90 days. Amendatory emergency acts are treated under the Code section affected; otherwise the act is listed in the Emergency Act Table found in the Tables Volume.

Fiscal year: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 1-203.03.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.

Resolutions

Resolution 14-494, the “Establishment of an Office of the District Attorney Advisory Referendum Approval Resolution of 2002”, was approved effective July 19, 2002.


§ 1–204.13. Investigations by the Council.

(a) The Council, or any committee or person authorized by it, shall have power to investigate any matter relating to the affairs of the District, and for that purpose may require the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and other evidence. For such purpose any member of the Council (if the Council is conducting the inquiry) or any member of the committee may issue subpoenas, and administer oaths upon resolution adopted by the Council or committee, as appropriate.

(b) In case of contumacy by, or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to, any person, the Council by resolution may refer the matter to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, which may by order require such person to appear and give or produce testimony or books, papers, or other evidence, bearing upon the matter under investigation. Any failure to obey such order may be punished by such Court as a contempt thereof as in the case of failure to obey a subpoena issued, or to testify, in a case pending before such Court.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 789, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 413.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-234.

1973 Ed., § 1-148.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-218.63 and § 2-359.07.

Cross References

Council investigations, penalty for obstructing, see § 1-301.43.

Oaths, administration by Mayor, chairman of Council, and members of Council, see § 1-301.22.

Procurement, debarment or suspension of businesses, see § 2-308.04.


Part B. The Mayor.

§ 1–204.21. Election, qualifications, vacancy, and compensation.

(a) There is established the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia; and the Mayor shall be elected by the registered qualified electors of the District.

(b) The Mayor, established by subsection (a) of this section, shall be elected, on a partisan basis, for a term of 4 years beginning at noon on January 2nd of the year following his election.

(c)(1) No person shall hold the Office of Mayor unless he: (A) Is a qualified elector; (B) has resided and been domiciled in the District for 1 year immediately preceding the day on which the general or special election for Mayor is to be held; (C) has not been convicted of a felony while holding the office; and (D) is not engaged in any employment (whether as an employee or as a self-employed individual) and holds no public office or position (other than his employment in and position as Mayor), for which he is compensated in an amount in excess of his actual expenses in connection therewith, except that nothing in this clause shall be construed as prohibiting such person, while holding the Office of Mayor, from serving as a delegate or alternate delegate to a convention of a political party nominating candidates for President and Vice President of the United States, or from holding an appointment in a reserve component of an armed force of the United States other than a member serving on active duty under a call for more than 30 days. The Mayor shall forfeit his office upon failure to maintain the qualifications required by this paragraph.

(2) To fill a vacancy in the Office of Mayor, the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District on the Tuesday occurring at least 70 days and not more than 174 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs which the Board of Elections determines, based on a totality of the circumstances, taking into account, inter alia, cultural and religious holidays and the administrability of the election, will provide the opportunity for the greatest level of voter participation. The person elected Mayor to fill a vacancy in the Office of Mayor shall take office on the day on which the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies his election, and shall serve as Mayor only for the remainder of the term during which such vacancy occurred. When the Office of Mayor becomes vacant the Chairman shall become Acting Mayor and shall serve from the date such vacancy occurs until the date on which the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies the election of the new Mayor at which time he shall again become Chairman. While the Chairman is Acting Mayor, the Chairman shall receive the compensation regularly paid the Mayor, and shall receive no compensation as Chairman or member of the Council. While the Chairman is Acting Mayor, the Council shall select one of the elected at-large members of the Council to serve as Chairman and one to serve as chairman pro tempore, until the return of the regularly elected Chairman.

(d) The Mayor shall receive compensation, payable in equal installments, at a rate equal to the maximum rate, as may be established from time to time, for level III of the Executive Schedule in § 5314 of Title 5 of the United States Code. Such rate of compensation may be increased or decreased by act of the Council. Such change in such compensation, upon enactment by the Council in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, shall apply with respect to the term of Mayor next beginning after the date of such change. In addition, the Mayor may receive an allowance, in such amount as the Council may from time to time establish, for official, reception, and representation expenses, which he shall certify in reasonable detail to the Council.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 789, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 421; Aug. 14, 1974, 88 Stat. 458, Pub. L. 93-376, title III, § 306(a); July 18, 2012, 126 Stat. 1133, Pub. L. 112-145, § 2(b); July 31, 2013, D.C. Law 19-124A, § 401(c), 59 DCR 1862.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-241.

1973 Ed., § 1-161.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-203.03, § 1-204.114, § 1-301.47, § 1-602.02, § 1-611.09, § 1-1001.17, § 2-601, § 38-1201.03, § 39-202, § 47-802, § 47-1401, and § 48-901.02.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 112-145, in subsec. (c)(2), rewrote the first sentence which had read: “To fill a vacancy in the Office of Mayor, the Board of Elections and Ethics shall hold a special election in the District on the 1st Tuesday occurring more than 114 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs, unless the Board of Elections and Ethics determines that such vacancy could be more practicably filled in a special election held on the same day as the next general election to be held in the District occurring within 60 days of the date on which a special election would otherwise have been held under the provisions of this paragraph.”

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-124A substituted “to be held; (C) has not been convicted of a felony while holding the office; and (D) is” for “to be held; and (C) is” in (c)(1).

Cross References

Elections, recall of elected officials, see § 1-1001.17.

Merit system, coverage and limitations, see § 1-602.02.

Office of Mayor, vacancies, see §§ 1-204.01 and 1-204.11.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see §§ 2(b), 3 of Special Election Reform Charter Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-591, November 3, 2010, 57 DCR 10470).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 3 of Special Election Reform Charter Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-7, February 11, 2011, 58 DCR 1416).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2(b) of Special Election Reform Charter Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-7, February 11, 2011, 58 DCR 1416).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 301(c) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 602(b) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).

Temporary Legislation

Section 2(b) of D.C. Law 18-301, in subsec. (c)(2), substituted “more than seventy days” for “more than one hundred fourteen days”.

Section 3 of D.C. Law 18-301 provided that this act shall apply upon enactment by Congress.

Section 5(b) of D.C. Law 18-301 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Effective Dates

Section 3 of Pub. L. 112-145 provided: “Sec. 3. Effective Date. The amendments made by section 2 shall apply with respect to vacancies occurring on or after the enactment of this Act.”

Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided: “(j) Title IV shall apply on its effective date as provided in section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 784; D.C. Official Code § 1-203.03).”

Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 contained an applicability clause for title IV of the Act that stated that title IV, containing section 401, would become law upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.

Section 702(b) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided that § 401 of the act would become law upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.

D.C. Law 19-124 became effective on April 27, 2012. Section 401 of that law was ratified by the electors of the District of Columbia in a general and special election held on November 6, 2012, and certified by the District of Columbia Board of Elections on November 29, 2012. Section 401 became effective as law on July 31, 2013, following 35 days of congressional review and assigned Law Number 19-124A. D.C. Law 19-124A, § 401 amended sections 401, 402, and 421 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (D.C. Official Code §§ 1-204.01, 1-204.02, and 1-204.21).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-124, § 401: Section 601(j) of D.C. Law 19-124 provided that Title IV of the act shall apply on its effective date as provided in§ 1-203.03; in other words, that D.C. Law 19-124, § 401 shall apply upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and following 35 days of congressional review.


§ 1–204.22. Powers and duties.

The executive power of the District shall be vested in the Mayor who shall be the chief executive officer of the District government. In addition, except as otherwise provided in this chapter, all functions granted to or vested in the Commissioner of the District of Columbia, as established under Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967, shall be carried out by the Mayor in accordance with this chapter. The Mayor shall be responsible for the proper execution of all laws relating to the District, and for the proper administration of the affairs of the District coming under his jurisdiction or control, including but not limited to the following powers, duties, and functions:

(1) The Mayor may designate the officer or officers of the executive department of the District who may, during periods of disability or absence from the District of the Mayor, execute and perform the powers and duties of the Mayor.

(2) The Mayor shall administer all laws relating to the appointment, promotion, discipline, separation, and other conditions of employment of personnel in the Office of the Mayor, personnel in executive departments of the District, and members of boards, commissions, and other agencies, who, under laws in effect on the date immediately preceding January 2, 1975, were subject to appointment and removal by the Commissioner of the District of Columbia. All actions affecting such personnel and such members shall, until such time as legislation is enacted by the Council superseding such laws and establishing a permanent District government merit system, pursuant to paragraph (3) of this section, continue to be subject to the provisions of acts of Congress relating to the appointment, promotion, discipline, separation, and other conditions of employment applicable to officers and employees of the District government, to § 1-207.13, and where applicable, to the provisions of the joint agreement between the Commissioners and the Civil Service Commission authorized by Executive Order No. 5491 of November 18, 1930, relating to the appointment of District personnel. He shall appoint or assign persons to positions formerly occupied, ex officio, by the Commissioner of the District of Columbia or by the Assistant to the Commissioner and shall have power to remove such persons from such positions. The officers and employees of each agency with respect to which legislative power is delegated by this chapter and which immediately prior to January 2, 1975, was not subject to the administrative control of the Commissioner of the District, shall continue to be appointed and removed in accordance with applicable laws until such time as such laws may be superseded by legislation passed by the Council establishing a permanent District government merit system pursuant to paragraph (3) of this section.

(3) The Mayor shall administer the personnel functions of the District covering employees of all District departments, boards, commissions, offices and agencies, except as otherwise provided by this chapter. Personnel legislation enacted by Congress prior to or after January 2, 1975, including, without limitation, legislation relating to appointments, promotions, discipline, separations, pay, unemployment compensation, health, disability and death benefits, leave, retirement, insurance, and veterans’ preference applicable to employees of the District government as set forth in § 1-207.14(c), shall continue to be applicable until such time as the Council shall, pursuant to this section, provide for coverage under a District government merit system. The District government merit system shall be established by act of the Council. The system shall apply with respect to the compensation of employees of the District government during fiscal year 2006 and each succeeding fiscal year, except that the system may provide for continued participation in all or part of the Federal Civil Service System and shall provide for persons employed by the District government immediately preceding the effective date of such system personnel benefits, including but not limited to pay, tenure, leave, residence, retirement, health and life insurance, and employee disability and death benefits, all at least equal to those provided by legislation enacted by Congress, or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, and applicable to such officers and employees immediately prior to the effective date of the system established pursuant to this chapter, except that nothing in this chapter shall prohibit the District from separating an officer or employee subject to such system in the implementation of a financial plan and budget for the District government approved under subpart B of subchapter VII of Chapter 3 of Title 47, and except that nothing in this section shall prohibit the District from paying an employee overtime pay in accordance with § 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. § 207). The District government merit system shall take effect not earlier than 1 year nor later than 5 years after January 2, 1975.

(4) The Mayor shall, through the heads of administrative boards, offices, and agencies, supervise and direct the activities of such boards, offices, and agencies.

(5) The Mayor may submit drafts of acts to the Council.

(6) The Mayor may delegate any of his functions (other than the function of approving or disapproving acts passed by the Council or the function of approving contracts between the District and the federal government under § 1-207.31) to any officer, employee, or agency of the executive office of the Mayor, or to any director of an executive department who may, with the approval of the Mayor, make a further delegation of all or a part of such functions to subordinates under his jurisdiction. Nothing in the previous sentence may be construed to permit the Mayor to delegate any functions assigned to the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia under subchapter I-A of Chapter 3 of Title 47, without regard to whether such functions are assigned to the Chief Financial Officer under such section during a control year (as defined in § 47-393(4)) or during any other year.

(7) The Mayor shall appoint a City Administrator, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. The City Administrator shall be the chief administrative officer of the Mayor, and he shall assist the Mayor in carrying out his functions under this chapter, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him by the Mayor. The City Administrator shall be paid at a rate established by the Mayor.

(8) The Mayor may propose to the executive or legislative branch of the United States government legislation or other action dealing with any subject, whether or not falling within the authority of the District government, as defined in this chapter.

(9) The Mayor, as custodian thereof, shall use and authenticate the corporate seal of the District in accordance with law.

(10) The Mayor shall have the right, under rules to be adopted by the Council, to be heard by the Council or any of its committees.

(11) The Mayor is authorized to issue and enforce administrative orders, not inconsistent with this or any other Act of the Congress or any act of the Council, as are necessary to carry out his functions and duties.

(12) The Mayor may reorganize the offices, agencies, and other entities within the executive branch of the government of the District by submitting to the Council a detailed plan of such reorganization. Such a reorganization plan shall be valid only if the Council does not adopt, within 60 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) after such reorganization plan is submitted to it by the Mayor, a resolution disapproving such reorganization.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 790, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 422; Aug. 17, 1991, 105 Stat. 540, Pub. L. 102-106, § 3; Oct. 29, 1993, 107 Stat. 1350, Pub. L. 103-127, title I, § 140; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 116, 147, Pub. L. 104-8, §§ 202(h), 302(b); Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1515, Pub. L. 106-113, § 119(a); Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2039, Pub. L. 109-356, § 303(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-242.

1973 Ed., § 1-162.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-202.02, § 1-207.34, § 1-315.03, § 1-601.01, § 1-611.21, § 1-619.03, § 2-1217.33a, § 2-1217.34a, § 2-1217.102, § 2-1504, § 2-1506, § 8-1778.01, § 9-107.51, § 10-1221.01, § 31-104, § 34-1311.01, § 42-2812.01, § 44-903, § 47-340.01, and § 47-340.26.

Effect of Amendments

Public Law 106-113, in par. (7), deleted “not to exceed level IV of the Executive Schedule established under § 5315 of Title 5 of the United States Code” from the end of the third sentence.

Pub. L. 109-356, in the fourth sentence of par. (3) substituted “The system shall apply with respect to the compensation of employees of the District government during fiscal year 2006 and each succeeding fiscal year, except that the system may provide” for “The system may provide”.

Report delineating actions taken to implement Multiyear Budget Spending Reduction and Support Act: -

Section 811 of D.C. Law 10-253 provided that within 120 days of the effective date of the Multiyear Budget Spending Reduction and Support Act of 1995, the Mayor shall submit to the Council a report delineating the actions taken by the executive to effect the directives of the Council in the Multiyear Budget Spending Reduction and Support Act of 1995, including:

(1) Negotiations with representatives of collective bargaining units to reduce employee compensation;

(2) Actions to restructure existing long-term city debt;

(3) Actions to apportion the spending reductions anticipated by the directives of this chapter to the executive for unallocated reductions; and

(4) A list of any position that is backfilled including description, title, and salary of this position.

Section 1301(b) of D.C. Law 10-253 provided that the act shall expire on the 225th day of its having taken effect or upon the effective date of the Multiyear Budget Spending Reduction and Support Act of 1995, whichever occurs first.

Cross References

Affirmative action, goals, see § 1-521.01.

Business and economic development, “authorized delegate” defined, see § 2-1219.01.

Commissioner of insurance and securities, appointment by Mayor, see § 31-104.

Mayor, financial duties, see § 1-204.48.

Mayor, use of official mail, see § 2-701 et seq.

Merit system, findings of Council, see § 1-601.01.

Merit system, personnel authority pilot programs, incentive awards, authority of Mayor to implement, see § 1-619.03.

Merit system, personnel authority pilot programs, see § 1-611.21.

National capital housing authority, creation, see § 1-202.02.

Office of youth advocacy, establishment, see § 2-1504.

Procurement, limitation of contracting authority, see § 2-301.05.

Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital and District of Columbia mental health services, comprehensive mental health system, implementation plan, see § 44-903.

Transitional council and offices, delegation and transfer of functions, see § 1-207.12.

United States Civil Service Commission, assistance in further development of merit system, see § 1-207.34.

Youth services, transfer of positions and funds to department of manpower, see § 2-1506.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary provision, on an emergency basis, to promote the orderly transfer of executive duties and responsibilities upon expiration of the term of office of the Mayor and the assumption of duties and responsibilities of the new Mayor, see §§ 2-6 of the Mayoral Transition Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-541, 46 DCR 303).

For temporary (90 day) additions, see §§ 2 to 4 of Mayor and Chairman of the Council Transition Emergency Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-590, November 3, 2010, 57 DCR 10467).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 401 of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-481, November 18, 2014, 61 DCR 12133, 20 STAT 4405).

For temporary (90 days) addition of provisions concerning Mayor and Attorney-General transitions, see §§ 401 to 405 of the New Columbia Statehood Initiative, Omnibus Boards and Commissions, and Election Transition Reform Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-7, Feb. 26, 2015, 62 DCR 2646, 21 STAT 807).

Temporary Legislation

Section 2 to 4 of D.C. Law 18-300 added sections to read as follows:

“Sec. 2. Purpose.

“This act authorizes the Mayor to take appropriate action to assure continuity in the execution of the laws and in the conduct of the legislative and executive affairs of the District of Columbia government. The purposes of this act are to provide for the orderly transfer of the:

“(1) Executive duties and responsibilities of the Executive Office of the Mayor upon the expiration of the term of office of a Mayor and the assumption of those duties and responsibilities by a new Mayor; and

“(2) Legislative duties and responsibilities of the Chairman of the Council upon the expiration of the term of office of a Chairman and the assumption of those duties and responsibilities by a new Chairman.

“Sec. 3. Transition activities.

“The Mayor, in the discharge of his duties pursuant to section 422 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 790; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.22), may make available to the Mayor-elect and the Chairman-elect from November 3, 2010, through the 15th day following the date of the inauguration of the Mayor-elect and the swearing-in of the Chairman-elect:

“(1) Office space, furniture, furnishings, computers, office machines, and supplies at whatever place or places within the District the Mayor designates at no cost to the Mayor-elect, the Chairman-elect, or their transition staffs;

“(2) The services of District employees;

“(3) The use of District motor vehicles; provided, that the vehicles are driven by District government employees;

“(4) Printing, binding, and duplicating services;

“(5) Postage and mailing services consistent with the Official Correspondence Regulations, effective April 7, 1977 (D.C. Law 1-118; D.C. Official Code § 2-701 et seq.); and

“(6) Communication equipment and services.

“Sec. 4. Definitions.

“For the purposes of this act, the term:

“(1) ‘Chairman-elect’ means the person who is certified as the successful candidate for the office of Chairman of the Council by the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (‘Board of Elections and Ethics’) following the general election held to determine the Chairman, or for the period of time between the general election and certification, the person announced and published by the Board of Elections and Ethics as the unofficial winner of the general election for Chairman.

“(2) ‘Mayor-elect’ means the person who is certified as the successful candidate for the office of Mayor by the Board of Elections and Ethics following the general election held to determine the Mayor, or for the period of time between the general election and certification, the person announced and published by the Board of Elections and Ethics as the unofficial winner of the general election for Mayor.”

Section 6(b) of D.C. Law 18-300 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

References in Text

§ 1-207.31”, referred to in paragraph (6) of this section, was repealed by § 5(b) of the Act of September 13, 1982, Pub. L. 97-258. Present provisions similar to repealed § 1-207.31 are codified as § 1-207.31 and 31 U.S.C. § 1537.

Editor's Notes

Report delineating actions taken to implement Multiyear Budget Spending Reduction and Support Act: Section 811 of the Multiyear Budget Spending and Support Emergency Act of 1994 (D.C. Act 10-389, December 29, 1994, 42 DCR 197) provided that within 120 days of the effective date of the act, the Mayor shall submit to the Council a report delineating the actions taken by the executive to effect the directives of the Council in the act.

Section 156 of Public Law 106-522 provided:

“(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 (D.C. Law 2-139; D.C. Code 1-601.01 et seq.), or any other District of Columbia law, statute, regulation, the provisions of the District of Columbia Personnel Manual, or the provisions of any collective bargaining agreement, employees of the District of Columbia government will only receive compensation for overtime work in excess of 40 hours per week (or other applicable tour of duty) of work actually performed, in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. Sec. 201 et seq.

“(b) Subsection (a) of this section shall be effective December 27, 1996. The Resolution and Order of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, dated December 27, 1996, is hereby ratified and approved and shall be given full force and effect.”

Compensation for City Administrator: Section 119(a) of Pub. L. 104-194, 110 Stat. 2366, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1997, provided that notwithstanding § 1-242(7) [§ 1-204.22(7), 2001 Ed.], the City Administrator shall be paid, during any fiscal year, a salary at a rate established by the Mayor, not to exceed the rate established for level IV of the Executive Schedule under 5 U.S.C. § 5315.

Mayor's Orders

Office of the Secretary established: See Mayor's Orders 84-77, April 16, 1984; 84-112, July 11, 1984.

Office of Ombudsman established: See Mayor’s Order 86-140, August 22, 1986.

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 83-17, January 3, 1983.

Establishment of the Office of Operations: See Mayor’s Order 88-11, January 30, 1988.

Establishment of the Office of Public Advocate, see Mayor’s Order 99-55, March 5, 1999 ( 46 DCR 2832).

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 96-176, dated 12-11-96, Establishing the Mayor’s Office of Health Policy and the Mayor’s Health Policy Council, see Mayor’s Order 99-75, May 11, 1999 ( 46 DCR 5428).

Establishment of the D.C. Workforce Investment Council and Abolishment of the D.C. Workforce Investment Board (formerly known as the D.C. Private Industry Council and the State Job Training Coordinating Council), see Mayor’s Order 99-85, June 2, 1999 ( 46 DCR 5442.

Establishment—Office of Partnership and Resource Development, see Mayor’s Order 2001-132, September 10, 2001 ( 48 DCR 8993).

Establishment of Office of Policy Research and Development, see Mayor’s Order 2001-185, December 19, 2001 ( 48 DCR 11735).

Establishment of Office of Legislative Support, see Mayor’s Order 2001-186, December 19, 2001 ( 48 DCR 11738).

Establishment of Office of Community Outreach, see Mayor’s Order 2001-187, December 19, 2001 ( 48 DCR 11741).

Establishment of Office of Boards and Commissions, see Mayor’s Order 2001-189, December 19, 2001 ( 48 DCR 11744).

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority—city administrator, see Mayor’s Order 88-16, January 30, 1988.

Delegation of authority—state legalization impact assistance grants, see Mayor’s Order 88-169, July 14, 1988.

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 90-178, Delegation of Contracting Authority: See Mayor’s Order 95-45, March 23, 1995.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 11-404, the “General Obligation Bond Act of 1996”, see Mayor’s Order 96-146, October 7,


§ 1–204.23. Municipal planning.

(a) The Mayor shall be the central planning agency for the District. He shall be responsible for the coordination of planning activities of the municipal government and the preparation and implementation of the District’s elements of the comprehensive plan for the National Capital which may include land use elements, urban renewal and redevelopment elements, a multi-year program of municipal public works for the District, and physical, social, economic, transportation, and population elements. The Mayor’s planning responsibility shall not extend to federal and international projects and developments in the District, as determined by the National Capital Planning Commission, or to the United States Capitol buildings and grounds as defined in §§ 10-503.11 and 10-503.26, or to any extension thereof or addition thereto, or to buildings and grounds under the care of the Architect of the Capitol. In carrying out his responsibilities under this section, the Mayor shall establish procedures for citizen involvement in the planning process and for appropriate meaningful consultation with any state or local government or planning agency in the National Capital region affected by any aspect of a proposed District element of the comprehensive plan (including amendments thereto) affecting or relating to the District.

(b) The Mayor shall submit the District’s elements and amendments thereto to the Council for revision or modification, and adoption by act, following public hearings. Following adoption and prior to implementation, the Council shall submit such elements and amendments thereto to the National Capital Planning Commission for review and comment with regard to the impact of such elements or amendments on the interests and functions of the federal establishment, as determined by the Commission.

(c) Such elements and amendments thereto shall be subject to and limited by determinations with respect to the interests and functions of the federal establishment as determined in the manner provided by act of Congress.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 792, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 423.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-244.

1973 Ed., § 1-163.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.44, § 1-306.01, and § 1-328.02.

Cross References

Budget and financial management, multiyear capital improvements plan, see § 1-204.44.

National capital revitalization corporation, revitalization plan, see § 2-1219.12.

Editor's Notes

Comprehensive plan goals and policies: Act of March 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-134, established the goals and policies of the District of Columbia as the first District element of the comprehensive plan for the National Capital.

Section 4 of the District of Columbia Comprehensive Plan Act of 1984 (D.C. Law 5-76) repealed the District of Columbia Comprehensive Plan Goals and Policies Act of 1978 (D.C. Law 2-134).

District of Columbia Comprehensive Plan of 1984: Section 2 of D.C. Law 8-129, as amended by § 201 of D.C. Law 8-132, amended Titles I through VIII, X and XI, and added Title XII to the District of Columbia Comprehensive Plan of 1984, adopted by D.C. Law 5-76. D.C. Law 8-129 was reprinted in its entirety in 37 DCR 55. Amended Titles I through VII, X, XI, and new Title XII will be codified at Title 10 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. D.C. Law 8-132 is found at 37 DCR 2213.

Review of District elements by National Capital Planning Commission: Section 6(b) of D.C. Law 5-187, and § 4(b) of D.C. Law 8-129, provided that no District element of the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital shall take effect until it has been reviewed by the National Capital Planning Commission as provided in subsection (a) of § 2-1002 and this section.

Mayor's Orders

Establishment of District of Columbia Advisory Council on Memorials: See Mayor’s Order 89-201, September 8, 1989.


Part B-i. Chief Financial Officer.

§ 1–204.24a. In general.

(a) Establishment. — There is hereby established within the executive branch of the government of the District of Columbia an Office of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia (hereafter referred to as the “Office”), which shall be headed by the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia (hereafter referred to as the “Chief Financial Officer”).

(b) Organizational analysis. —

(1) Office of Budget and Planning. — The name of the Office of Budget and Management, established by Commissioner’s Order 69-96, issued March 7, 1969, is changed to the Office of Budget and Planning.

(2) Office of Tax and Revenue. — The name of the Department of Finance and Revenue, established by Commissioner’s Order 69-96, issued March 7, 1969, is changed to the Office of Tax and Revenue.

(3) Office of Finance and Treasury. — The name of the Office of Treasurer, established by Mayor’s Order 89-244, dated October 23, 1989, is changed to the Office of Finance and Treasury.

(4) Office of Financial Operations and Systems. — The Office of the Controller, established by Mayor’s Order 89-243, dated October 23, 1989, and the Office of Financial Information Services, established by Mayor’s Order 89-244, dated October 23, 1989, are consolidated into the Office of Financial Operations and Systems.

(c) Transfers. — Effective with the appointment of the first Chief Financial Officer under § 1-204.24b, the functions and personnel of the following offices are established as subordinate offices within the Office:

(1) The Office of Budget and Planning, headed by the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Budget and Planning.

(2) The Office of Tax and Revenue, headed by the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Tax and Revenue.

(3) The Office of Research and Analysis, headed by the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Research and Analysis.

(4) The Office of Financial Operations and Systems, headed by the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Financial Operations and Systems.

(5) The Office of Finance and Treasury, headed by the District of Columbia Treasurer.

(6) The Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board, established by Chapter 13 of Title 3.

(d) Supervisor. — The heads of the offices listed in subsection (c) of this section shall serve at the pleasure of the Chief Financial Officer.

(e) Appointment and removal of office employees. — The Chief Financial Officer shall appoint the heads of the subordinate offices designated in subsection (c) of this section, after consultation with the Mayor and the Council. The Chief Financial Officer may remove the heads of the offices designated in subsection (c) of this section, after consultation with the Mayor and the Council.

(f) Annual budget submission. — The Chief Financial Officer shall prepare and annually submit to the Mayor of the District of Columbia, for inclusion in the annual budget of the District of Columbia government for a fiscal year, annual estimates of the expenditures and appropriations necessary for the year for the operation of the Office and all other District of Columbia accounting, budget, and financial management personnel (including personnel of executive branch independent agencies) that report to the Office pursuant to this chapter.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424(a); as added Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 302(a); Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2029, Pub. L. 109-356, § 201(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-317.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.24b, § 1-204.25, § 2-1208.01, § 2-1217.01, § 6-201, § 10-1202.01, § 10-1221.01, § 10-1801, § 42-2812.01, § 44-951.18, § 47-340.26, § 47-391.01, § 47-881, § 47-891, § 47-895.01, § 47-1303.04, and § 47-1807.51.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 109-356 rewrote the section.

Cross References

Real property tax assignment, sale and transfers, see § 47-1303.04.

References in Text

Pursuant to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s “Notice of Public Interest” published in the April 18, 1997, issue of the District of Columbia Register ( 44 DCR 2345) the Office of Tax and Revenue assumed all of the duties and functions previously performed by the Department of Finance and Revenue, as set forth in Commissioner’s Order 69-96, dated March 7, 1969. This action was made effective January 22, 1997, nunc pro tunc.


§ 1–204.24b. Appointment of the Chief Financial Officer.

(a) Appointment. —

(1) In general. — The Chief Financial Officer shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent, by resolution, of the Council. Upon confirmation by the Council, the name of the Chief Financial Officer shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate, the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate for a 30-day period of review and comment before the appointment takes effect.

(2) Special rule for control years. — During a control year, the Chief Financial Officer shall be appointed by the Mayor as follows:

(A) Prior to the appointment, the Authority may submit recommendations for the appointment to the Mayor.

(B) In consultation with the Authority and the Council, the Mayor shall nominate an individual for appointment and notify the Council of the nomination.

(C) After the expiration of the 7-day period which begins on the date the Mayor notifies the Council of the nomination under subparagraph (B) of this paragraph, the Mayor shall notify the Authority of the nomination.

(D) The nomination shall be effective subject to approval by a majority vote of the Authority.

(b) Term. —

(1) In general. — All appointments made after June 30, 2007, shall be for a term of 5 years, except for appointments made for the remainder of unexpired terms. The appointments shall have an anniversary date of July 1.

(2) Transition. — For purposes of §§ 1-204.24a1-204.24f, the individual serving as Chief Financial Officer as of October 16, 2006, shall be deemed to have been appointed under this subsection, except that such individual’s initial term of office shall begin upon such date and shall end on June 30, 2007.

(3) Continuance. — Any Chief Financial Officer may continue to serve beyond his term until a successor takes office.

(4) Vacancies. — Subject to subsection (c), any vacancy in the Office of Chief Financial Officer shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment under subsection (a) of this section.

(5) Pay. — The Chief Financial Officer shall be paid at a rate such that the total amount of compensation paid during any calendar year does not exceed an amount equal to the limit on total pay which is applicable during the year under section 5307 of title 5, United States Code, to an employee described in section 5307(d) of such title

(c) Authorizing treasurer or deputy CFO to perform duties in acting capacity in event of vacancy in office. —

(1) Service as CFO. —

(A) In general. — Except as provided in subparagraph (B), if there is a vacancy in the Office of Chief Financial Officer because the Chief Financial Officer has died, resigned, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the Office—

(i) the District of Columbia Treasurer shall serve as the Chief Financial Officer in an acting capacity, subject to the time limitation of paragraph (2); or

(ii) the Mayor may direct one of the Deputy Chief Financial Officers of the Office referred to in § 1-204.24a(c)(1) through (4) to serve as the Chief Financial Officer in an acting capacity, subject to the time limitation of paragraph (2).

(B) Exclusion of certain individuals. — Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), an individual may not serve as the Chief Financial Officer under such clause if the individual did not serve as the District of Columbia Treasurer or as one of such Deputy Chief Financial Officers of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (as the case may be) for at least 90 days during the 1-year period which ends on the date the vacancy occurs.

(2) Time limitation. — A vacancy in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer may not be filled by the service of any individual in an acting capacity under paragraph (1) after the expiration of the 210-day period which begins on the date the vacancy occurs.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424(b); as added Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 302(a); Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 155(a); Dec. 21, 2001, 115 Stat. 949, Pub. L. 107-96, § 111(d); Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2031, Pub. L. 109-356, § 201(a); May 1, 2013, 127 Stat. 441, Pub. L. 113-8, § 2; Dec. 26, 2013, 127 Stat. 1209, Pub. L. 113-71, § 1(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-317.2.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.24a.

Effect of Amendments

Public Law 106-522 in subsec. (a) added at the end of par. (1)(B) “Upon confirmation by the Council, the name of the Chief Financial Officer shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives for a 30-day period of review and comment before the appointment takes effect.”; and in par. (2)(B), struck the period at the end and inserted the following: “upon dismissal by the Mayor and approval of that dismissal by a 2/3 vote of the Council. Upon approval of the dismissal by the Council, notice of the dismissal shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives for a 30-day period of review and comment before the dismissal takes effect.”

Pub. L. 107-96, in subsec. (c), substituted “equal to” for “determined by the Mayor, except that such rate may not exceed”, and substituted “level I” for “level IV”.

Pub. L. 109-356 rewrote the section which had read as follows:

“(a) In general. — (1) Control year.—During a control year, the Chief Financial Officer shall be appointed by the Mayor as follows: (A) Prior to the appointment of the Chief Financial Officer, the Authority may submit recommendations for the appointment to the Mayor. (B) In consultation with the Authority and the Council, the Mayor shall nominate an individual for appointment and notify the Council of the nomination. (C) After the expiration of the 7-day period which begins on the date the Mayor notifies the Council of the nomination under subparagraph (B) of this paragraph, the Mayor shall notify the Authority of the nomination. (D) The nomination shall be effect approval by a majority vote of the Authority.

“(2) Other years.—During a year other than a control year, the Chief Financial Officer shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council. Prior to appointment, the Authority may submit recommendations for the appointment. Upon confirmation by the Council, the name of the Chief Financial Officer shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives for a 30-day period of review and comment before the appointment takes effect.

“(b) Removal. — (1) Control year.—During a control year, the Chief Financial Officer may be removed for cause by the Authority or by the Mayor with the approval of the Authority.

“(2) Other years.—During a year other than a control year, the Chief Financial Officer shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor, except that the Chief Financial Officer may only be removed for cause upon dismissal by the Mayor and approval of that dismissal by a 2/3 vote of the Council. Upon approval of the dismissal by the Council, notice of the dismissal shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives for a 30-day period of review and comment before the dismissal takes effect.

“(c) Salary.—The Chief Financial Officer shall be paid at an annual rate equal to the rate of basic pay payable for level I of the Executive Schedule.”

Pub. L. 113-8 added “Subject to subsection (c)” to the beginning of (b)(4); and added (c).

Pub. L. 113-71 rewrote (b)(5).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see §§ 2 and 5 of the Chief Financial Officer Compensation Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-140, July 31, 2013, 60 DCR 11792, 20 DCSTAT 1984).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see §§ 2 and 4 of the Chief Financial Officer Compensation Temporary Amendment Act of 2013 (D.C. Law 20-44, October 24, 2013, 60 DCR 14957).

Short Title

Pub. L. 113-8, § 1. provided: “This Act may be cited as the ‘District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Vacancy Act’.”

Effective Dates

Pub. L. 107-96, § 111(e), provided: “The amendment made by subsection (d) shall apply with respect to pay periods in fiscal year 2002 and each succeeding fiscal year.”

Editor's Notes

Pub. L. 113-8, § 2(c) provided that the amendments made by the Act shall apply with respect to vacancies occurring on or after May 1, 2013.

Pub. L. 113-71, § 1(b) provided that the amendments made by the Act shall apply with respect to vacancies occurring on or after Dec. 26, 2013.


§ 1–204.24c. Removal of the Chief Financial Officer.

(a) In general. — The Chief Financial Officer may only be removed for cause by the Mayor, subject to the approval of the Council by a resolution approved by not fewer than 2/3 of the members of the Council. After approval of the resolution by the Council, notice of the removal shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate, the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate for a 30-day period of review and comment before the removal takes effect.

(b) Special rule for control years. — During a control year, the Chief Financial Officer may be removed for cause by the Authority or by the Mayor with the approval of the Authority.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424(c); as added Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 302(a); Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 155(b)(1); Dec. 23, 2004, 118 Stat. 3970, Pub. L. 108-489, § 4(a); Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2031, Pub. L. 109-356, § 201(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-317.3.

Effect of Amendments

Public Law 106-522 deleted in the caption “during control year”, struck in the matter preceding paragraph (1) “During a control year, the Chief Financial Officer” and inserted “The Chief Financial Officer”; struck in paragraph “Preparing” and inserted “During a control year, preparing”; struck in paragraph (3), “Assuring” and inserted “During a control year, assuring”; rewrote paragraph (5); struck in paragraph (11), “or the Authority” and inserted “(or by the Authority during a control year)”; and added at the end new paragraphs (18) through (24).

Pub. L. 108-489, in par. (21), substituted “systems (other than the retirement system for police officers, fire fighters, and teachers)” for “systems”.

Pub. L. 109-356 rewrote this section.

References in Text

The “District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995”, referred to in (3), is Pub. L. 104-8, 109 Stat. 97.

Effective Dates

Section 336(b) of Pub. L. 108-335 provided that the amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 Public Law 108-11 .

Section 4(b) of Pub. L. 108-489 provided: “The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2005 and each succeeding fiscal year.”

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 [§§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed.] of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Pub. L. 107-20, ch. 3, § 2301, July 23, 2001, 115 Stat. 173, provided:

“Report by the Mayor. The Mayor of the District of Columbia shall provide the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform with a report on the specific authority necessary to carry out the responsibilities transferred to the Chief Financial Officer in a non-control year, outlined in section 155 of Public Law 106-522, the Fiscal Year 2001 District of Columbia Appropriations Act, and responsibilities outlined in Bill 14-254, passed by the Council of the District of Columbia on July 10, 2001 relating to the transition of responsibilities under Public Law 104-8, the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, within 45 days of the enactment of this Act.”

Section 409 of Pub. L. 107-206, Aug. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 848, provided:

“Sec. 409. Effective June 30, 2002, the authority which the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia exercised with respect to personnel, procurement, and the preparation of fiscal impact statements during a control period (as defined in Public Law 104-8) shall remain in effect through July 1, 2003 or until such time as the District of Columbia Fiscal Integrity Act becomes effective, whichever occurs sooner.”

Section 2302 of Pub. L. 108-11, April 16, 2003, 117 Stat. 593, as amended by Pub. L. 108-335, § 336(a), Oct. 18, 2004, 118 Stat. 1347, provided:

“Sec. 2302. The authority which the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia exercised with respect to personnel, procurement, and the preparation of fiscal impact statements during a control period (as defined in Public Law 104-8) shall remain in effect through September 30, 2005.”

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 11-404, the “General Obligation Bond Act of 1996”, see Mayor’s Order 96-146, October 7, 1996 ( 43 DCR 5671).

Delegation of Authority Under the District of Columbia Revenue Act of 1970, Public Law No. 91-650, see Mayor’s Order 2006-51, April 14, 2006 ( 53 DCR 5300).


§ 1–204.24d. Duties of the Chief Financial Officer.

Notwithstanding any provisions of this chapter which grant authority to other entities of the District government, the Chief Financial Officer shall have the following duties and shall take such steps as are necessary to perform these duties:

(1) During a control year, preparing the financial plan and the budget for the use of the Mayor for purposes of part B of subchapter VII of Chapter 3 of Title 47.

(2) Preparing the budgets of the District of Columbia for the year for the use of the Mayor for purposes of part D of this subchapter, and preparing the 5-year financial plan based upon the adopted budget for submission with the District of Columbia budget by the Mayor to Congress.

(3) During a control year, assuring that all financial information presented by the Mayor is presented in a manner, and is otherwise consistent with, the requirements of parts A through E of subchapter VII of Chapter 3 of Title 47.

(4) Implementing appropriate procedures and instituting such programs, systems, and personnel policies within the Chief Financial Officer’s authority, to ensure that budget, accounting, and personnel control systems and structures are synchronized for budgeting and control purposes on a continuing basis and to ensure that appropriations are not exceeded.

(5) Preparing and submitting to the Mayor and the Council, with the approval of the Authority during a control year, and making public—

(A) annual estimates of all revenues of the District of Columbia (without regard to the source of such revenues), including proposed revenues, which shall be binding on the Mayor and the Council for purposes of preparing and submitting the budget of the District government for the year under part D of this subchapter, except that the Mayor and the Council may prepare the budget based on estimates of revenues which are lower than those prepared by the Chief Financial Officer; and

(B) quarterly re-estimates of the revenues of the District of Columbia during the year.

(6) Supervising and assuming responsibility for financial transactions to ensure adequate control of revenues and resources.

(7) Maintaining systems of accounting and internal control designed to provide —

(A) full disclosure of the financial impact of the activities of the District government;

(B) adequate financial information needed by the District government for management purposes;

(C) effective control over, and accountability for, all funds, property, and other assets of the District of Columbia; and

(D) reliable accounting results to serve as the basis for preparing and supporting agency budget requests and controlling the execution of the budget.

(8) Submitting to the Council a financial statement of the District government, containing such details and at such times as the Council may specify.

(9) Supervising and assuming responsibility for the assessment of all property subject to assessment and special assessments within the corporate limits of the District of Columbia for taxation, preparing tax maps, and providing such notice of taxes and special assessments (as may be required by law).

(10) Supervising and assuming responsibility for the levying and collection of all taxes, special assessments, licensing fees, and other revenues of the District of Columbia (as may be required by law), and receiving all amounts paid to the District of Columbia from any source (including the Authority).

(11) Maintaining custody of all public funds belonging to or under the control of the District government (or any department or agency of the District government), and depositing all amounts paid in such depositories and under such terms and conditions as may be designated by the Council (or by the Authority during a control year).

(12) Maintaining custody of all investment and invested funds of the District government or in possession of the District government in a fiduciary capacity, and maintaining the safekeeping of all bonds and notes of the District government and the receipt and delivery of District government bonds and notes for transfer, registration, or exchange.

(13) Apportioning the total of all appropriations and funds made available during the year for obligation so as to prevent obligation or expenditure in a manner which would result in a deficiency or a need for supplemental appropriations during the year, and (with respect to appropriations and funds available for an indefinite period and all authorizations to create obligations by contract in advance of appropriations) apportioning the total of such appropriations, funds, or authorizations in the most effective and economical manner.

(14) Certifying all contracts and leases (whether directly or through delegation) prior to execution as to the availability of funds to meet the obligations expected to be incurred by the District government under such contracts and leases during the year.

(15) Prescribing the forms of receipts, vouchers, bills, and claims to be used by all agencies, offices, and instrumentalities of the District government.

(16) Certifying and approving prior to payment of all bills, invoices, payrolls, and other evidences of claims, demands, or charges against the District government, and determining the regularity, legality, and correctness of such bills, invoices, payrolls, claims, demands, or charges.

(17) In coordination with the Inspector General of the District of Columbia, performing internal audits of accounts and operations and records of the District government, including the examination of any accounts or records of financial transactions, giving due consideration to the effectiveness of accounting systems, internal control, and related administrative practices of the departments and agencies of the District government.

(18) Exercising responsibility for the administration and supervision of the District of Columbia Treasurer.

(19) Supervising and administering all borrowing programs for the issuance of long-term and short-term indebtedness, as well as other financing-related programs of the District government.

(20) Administering the cash management program of the District government, including the investment of surplus funds in governmental and non-governmental interest-bearing securities and accounts.

(21) Administering the centralized District government payroll and retirement systems (other than the retirement system for police officers, fire fighters, and teachers).

(22) Governing the accounting policies and systems applicable to the District government.

(23) Preparing appropriate annual, quarterly, and monthly financial reports of the accounting and financial operations of the District government.

(24) Not later than 120 days after the end of each fiscal year, preparing the complete financial statement and report on the activities of the District government for such fiscal year, for the use of the Mayor under § 1-204.48(a)(4).

(25) Preparing fiscal impact statements on regulations, multiyear contracts, contracts over $ 1,000,000 and on legislation, as required by § 1-301.47a.

(26) Preparing under the direction of the Mayor, who has the specific responsibility for formulating budget policy using Chief Financial Officer technical and human resources, the budget for submission by the Mayor to the Council and to the public and upon final adoption to Congress and to the public.

(27) Certifying all collective bargaining agreements and nonunion pay proposals prior to submission to the Council for approval as to the availability of funds to meet the obligations expected to be incurred by the District government under such collective bargaining agreements and nonunion pay proposals during the year.

(28) With respect to attorneys in special education cases brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the District of Columbia during fiscal year 2006 and each succeeding fiscal year —

(A) requiring such attorneys to certify in writing that the attorney or representative of the attorney rendered any and all services for which the attorney received an award in such a case, including those received under a settlement agreement or as part of an administrative proceeding, from the District of Columbia;

(B) requiring such attorneys, as part of the certification under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, to disclose any financial, corporate, legal, membership on boards of directors, or other relationships with any special education diagnostic services, schools, or other special education service providers to which the attorneys have referred any clients in any such cases; and

(C) preparing and submitting quarterly reports to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate on the certification of and the amount paid by the government of the District of Columbia, including the District of Columbia Public Schools, to such attorneys.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424(d); as added Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 302(a); Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 155(b)(2)(A); repealed Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 155(b)(2)(C); restored as § 424(d), Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2034, 2042, Pub. L. 109-356, §§ 201(a), 308(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-317.4.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.48, § 1-204.49, § 1-301.115a, § 2-1217.34m, § 8-1778.01, and § 9-107.62.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 106-522, in par. (2), deleted “or § 47-317.4 1981 Ed.” following “§ 47-317.3 (§ 1-204.24c, 2001 Ed.)”.

Pub. L. 109-356 rewrote the section which had previously read:

§ 1-204.24d. Functions of Treasurer.

“At all times, the Treasurer shall have the following duties:

“(1) Assisting the Chief Financial Officer in reporting revenues received by the District government, including submitting annual and quarterly reports concerning the cash position of the District government not later than 60 days after the last day of the quarter (or year) involved. Such reports shall include:

“(A) Comparative reports of revenue and other receipts by source, including tax, nontax, and Federal revenues, grants and reimbursements, capital program loans, and advances. Each source shall be broken down into specific components.

“(B) Statements of the cash flow of the District government for the preceding quarter or year, including receipts, disbursements, net changes in cash inclusive of the beginning balance, cash and investment, and the ending balance, inclusive of cash and investment. Such statements shall reflect the actual, planned, better or worse dollar amounts and the percentage change with respect to the current quarter, year-to-date, and fiscal year;

“(C) Quarterly cash flow forecast for the quarter or year involved, reflecting receipts, disbursements, net change in cash inclusive of the beginning balance, cash and investment, and the ending balance, inclusive of cash and investment with respect to the actual dollar amounts for the quarter or year, and projected dollar amounts for each of the 3 succeeding quarters;

“(D) Monthly reports reflecting a detailed summary analysis of all District of Columbia government investments, including, but not limited to:

“(i) The total of long-term and short-term investments;

“(ii) A detailed summary analysis of investments by type and amount, including purchases, sales (maturities), and interest;

“(iii) An analysis of investment portfolio mix by type and amount, including liquidity, quality/risk of each security, and similar information;

“(iv) An analysis of investment strategy, including near-term strategic plans and projects of investment activity, as well as forecasts of future investment strategies based on anticipated market conditions, and similar information; and

“(v) An analysis of cash utilization, including:

“(I) Comparisons of budgeted percentages of total cash to be invested with actual percentages of cash invested and the dollar amounts;

“(II) Comparisons of the next return on invested cash expressed in percentages (yield) with comparable market indicators and established District of Columbia government yield objectives; and

“(III) Comparisons of estimated dollar return against actual dollar yield; and

“(E) Monthly reports reflecting a detailed summary analysis of long-term and short-term borrowings inclusive of debt as authorized by § 1-206.03, in the current fiscal year and the amount of debt for each succeeding fiscal year not to exceed 5 years; all such reports shall reflect:

“(i) The amount of debt outstanding by type of instrument;

“(ii) The amount of authorized and unissued debt, including availability of short-term lines of credit, United States Treasury borrowings, and similar information;

“(iii) A maturity schedule of the debt;

“(iv) The rate of interest payable upon the debt; and

“(v) The amount of debt service requirements and related debt service reserves; and

“(2) Such other functions assigned to the Chief Financial Officer under § 1-204.24c as the Chief Financial Officer may delegate.”

References in Text

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, referred to in par. (28), is codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.

Editor's Notes

Former § 1-204.24d, relating to functions during all years, derived from Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424(d), as added Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 302(a), was repealed by Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 155(b)(2)(A).


§ 1–204.24e. Functions of Treasurer.

At all times, the Treasurer shall have the following duties:

(1) Assisting the Chief Financial Officer in reporting revenues received by the District government, including submitting annual and quarterly reports concerning the cash position of the District government not later than 60 days after the last day of the quarter (or year) involved. Each such report shall include the following:

(A) Comparative reports of revenue and other receipts by source, including tax, nontax, and Federal revenues, grants and reimbursements, capital program loans, and advances. Each source shall be broken down into specific components.

(B) Statements of the cash flow of the District government for the preceding quarter or year, including receipts, disbursements, net changes in cash inclusive of the beginning balance, cash and investment, and the ending balance, inclusive of cash and investment. Such statements shall reflect the actual, planned, better or worse dollar amounts and the percentage change with respect to the current quarter, year-to-date, and fiscal year.

(C) Quarterly cash flow forecast for the quarter or year involved, reflecting receipts, disbursements, net change in cash inclusive of the beginning balance, cash and investment, and the ending balance, inclusive of cash and investment with respect to the actual dollar amounts for the quarter or year, and projected dollar amounts for each of the 3 succeeding quarters.

(D) Monthly reports reflecting a detailed summary analysis of all District of Columbia government investments, including —

(i) the total of long-term and short-term investments;

(ii) a detailed summary analysis of investments by type and amount, including purchases, sales (maturities), and interest;

(iii) an analysis of investment portfolio mix by type and amount, including liquidity, quality/risk of each security, and similar information;

(iv) an analysis of investment strategy, including near-term strategic plans and projects of investment activity, as well as forecasts of future investment strategies based on anticipated market conditions, and similar information; and

(v) an analysis of cash utilization, including —

(I) comparisons of budgeted percentages of total cash to be invested with actual percentages of cash invested and the dollar amounts;

(II) comparisons of the next return on invested cash expressed in percentages (yield) with comparable market indicators and established District of Columbia government yield objectives; and

(III) comparisons of estimated dollar return against actual dollar yield.

(E) Monthly reports reflecting a detailed summary analysis of long-term and short-term borrowings inclusive of debt as authorized by § 1-206.03, in the current fiscal year and the amount of debt for each succeeding fiscal year not to exceed 5 years. All such reports shall reflect —

(i) the amount of debt outstanding by type of instrument;

(ii) the amount of authorized and unissued debt, including availability of short-term lines of credit, United States Treasury borrowings, and similar information;

(iii) a maturity schedule of the debt;

(iv) the rate of interest payable upon the debt; and

(v) the amount of debt service requirements and related debt service reserves.

(2) Such other functions assigned to the Chief Financial Officer under subsection (d) as the Chief Financial Officer may delegate.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424(e); as added Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 302(a); redesignated § 424(d), Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 155(b)(2)(B), (C); restored as § 424(e), Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2034, Pub. L. 109-356, § 201(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-317.5.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 109-356 rewrote the section which had previously read:

§ 1-204.24e. Definitions.

“In this part:

“(1) the term ‘Authority’ means the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority established under § 47-391.01(a);

“(2) the term ‘control year’ has the meaning given such term under § 47-393(4); and

“(3) the term ‘District government’ has the meaning given such term under § 47-393(5).”


§ 1–204.24f. Definitions.

For purposes of this part —

(1) the term “Authority” means the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority established under § 47-391.01(a);

(2) the term “control year” has the meaning given such term under § 47-393(4); and

(3) the term “District government” has the meaning given such term under § 47-393(5).


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424(f); as added Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 302(a); redesignated § 424(e), Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 155(b)(2)(C); restored as § 424(f), Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2036, Pub. L. 109-356, § 201(a).)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.24b.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 109-356 rewrote the section which had previously read:

§ 1-204.24f. Definitions.

“In this part:

“(1) the term ‘Authority’ means the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority established under § 47-391.01(a);

“(2) the term ‘control year’ has the meaning given such term under § 47-393(4); and

“(3) the term ‘District government’ has the meaning given such term under § 47-393(5).”


§ 1–204.25. Authority of Chief Financial Officer over personnel of Office and other financial personnel.

(a) In general. — Notwithstanding any provision of law or regulation (including any law or regulation providing for collective bargaining or the enforcement of any collective bargaining agreement), employees of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia, including personnel described in subsection (b) of this section, shall be appointed by, shall serve at the pleasure of, and shall act under the direction and control of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia, and shall be considered at-will employees not covered by Chapter 6 of this title, except that nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit the Chief Financial Officer from entering into a collective bargaining agreement governing such employees and personnel or to prohibit the enforcement of such an agreement as entered into by the Chief Financial Officer.

(b) Personnel. — The personnel described in this subsection are as follows:

(1) The General Counsel to the Chief Financial Officer and all other attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia, together with all other personnel of the Office.

(2) All other individuals hired or retained as attorneys by the Chief Financial Officer or any office under the personnel authority of the Chief Financial Officer, each of whom shall act under the direction and control of the General Counsel to the Chief Financial Officer.

(3) The heads and all personnel of the subordinate offices of the Office (as described in § 1-204.24a(b) and established as subordinate offices in section § 1-204.24a(c)) and the Chief Financial Officers, Agency Fiscal Officers, and Associate Chief Financial Officers of all District of Columbia executive branch subordinate and independent agencies (in accordance with subsection (c)), together with all other District of Columbia accounting, budget, and financial management personnel (including personnel of executive branch independent agencies, but not including personnel of the legislative or judicial branches of the District government).

(c) Appointment of certain executive branch agency Chief Financial Officers. —

(1) In general. — The Chief Financial Officers and Associate Chief Financial Officers of all District of Columbia executive branch subordinate and independent agencies (other than those of a subordinate office of the Office) shall be appointed by the Chief Financial Officer, in consultation with the agency head, where applicable. The appointment shall be made from a list of qualified candidates developed by the Chief Financial Officer.

(2) Transition. — Any executive branch agency Chief Financial Officer appointed prior to October 16, 2006, may continue to serve in that capacity without reappointment.

(d) Independent authority over legal personnel. — Subchapter VIII-B of Chapter 6 of this title shall not apply to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer or to attorneys employed by the Office.

(e) Inapplicability to Water and Sewer Authority. — The authority of the Chief Financial Officer under this section does not apply to personnel of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority established pursuant to the Water and Sewer Authority Establishment and Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424a; as added Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2037, Pub. L. 109-356, § 202(a)(1); July 15, 2008, 122 Stat. 2491, Pub. L. 110-273, § 2(a).)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 2-1217.131 and § 34-2202.02.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 110-273 added subsec. (e).

References in Text

The “Water and Sewer Authority Establishment and Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996,” referred to in subsec. (e), is D.C. Law 11-111, which is codified primarily as § 34-2201.01 et seq.

Effective Dates

Section 2(b) of Pub. L. 110-273 provided that the amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the 2005 District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act Pub. L. 109-356 .


§ 1–204.26. Procurement authority of the Chief Financial Officer.

The Chief Financial Officer shall carry out procurement of goods and services for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer through a procurement office or division which shall operate independently of, and shall not be governed by, the Office of Contracting and Procurement established under Unit A of Chapter 3 of Title 2 [Chapter 3A of Title 2] or any successor office, except the provisions applicable under such unit to procurement carried out by the Chief Procurement Officer established by § 2-301.05 [§ 2-352.01] or any successor office shall apply with respect to the procurement carried out by the Chief Financial Officer’s procurement office or division.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 424b; as added Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2037, Pub. L. 109-356, § 203(a)(1); Sept. 26, 2012, D.C. Law 19-171, § 201(a), 59 DCR 6190.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-171 substituted “Chapter 3A of Title 2” for “Unit A of Chapter 3 of Title 2”; and substituted “§ 2-352.01” for “§ 2-301.05.”

Effective Dates

Section 203(c) of Pub. L. 109-356, as amended by Pub. L. 110-5, § 21073(h), provided: “This section and the amendments made by this section shall take effect October 16, 2007.”

Editor's Notes

Section 201(a) of D.C. Law 19-171 substituted “Chapter 3A of Title 2” for “Unit A of Chapter 3 of Title 2”; and substituted “§ 2-352.01” for “§ 2-301.05” in this section.

Section 201(b) of D.C. Law 19-171 provided that § 201(a) of the act shall become effective upon congressional enactment.


Part C. The Judiciary.

§ 1–204.31. Judicial powers.

(a) The judicial power of the District is vested in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Superior Court has jurisdiction of any civil action or other matter (at law or in equity) brought in the District and of any criminal case under any law applicable exclusively to the District. The Superior Court has no jurisdiction over any civil or criminal matter over which a United States court has exclusive jurisdiction pursuant to an Act of Congress. The Court of Appeals has jurisdiction of appeals from the Superior Court and, to the extent provided by law, to review orders and decisions of the Mayor, the Council, or any agency of the District. The District of Columbia courts shall also have jurisdiction over any other matters granted to the District of Columbia courts by other provisions of law.

(b) The chief judge of a District of Columbia court shall be designated by the District of Columbia Judicial Nominating [Nomination] Commission established by § 1-204.34 from among the judges of the court in regular active service, and shall serve as chief judge for a term of four years or until a successor is designated, except that the term as chief judge shall not extend beyond the chief judge’s term as a judge of a District of Columbia court. An individual shall be eligible for redesignation as chief judge.

(c) A judge of a District of Columbia court appointed on or after the date of enactment of the District of Columbia Court Reorganization Act of 1970 [July 29, 1970] shall be appointed for a term of fifteen years subject to mandatory retirement at age seventy-four or removal, suspension, or involuntary retirement pursuant to § 1-204.32 and upon completion of such term, such judge shall continue to serve until reappointed or a successor is appointed and qualifies. A judge may be reappointed as provided in subsection (c) of § 1-204.33.

(d)(1) There is established a District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure (hereinafter referred to as the “Tenure Commission”). The Tenure Commission shall consist of seven members selected in accordance with the provisions of subsection (e). Such members shall serve for terms of six years, except that the member selected in accordance with subsection (e)(3)(A) shall serve for five years; of the members first selected in accordance with subsection (e)(3)(B), one member shall serve for three years and one member shall serve for six years; of the members first selected in accordance with subsection (e)(3)(C), one member shall serve for a term of three years and one member shall serve for five years; the member first selected in accordance with subsection (e)(3)(D) shall serve for six years; and the member first appointed in accordance with subsection (e)(3)(E) shall serve for six years. In making the respective first appointments according to subsections (e)(3)(B) and (e)(3)(C), the Mayor and the Board of Governors of the unified District of Columbia Bar shall designate, at the time of such appointments, which member shall serve for the shorter term and which member shall serve for the longer term.

(2) The Tenure Commission shall act only at meetings called by the Chairman or a majority of the Tenure Commission held after notice has been given of such meeting to all Tenure Commission members.

(3) The Tenure Commission shall choose annually, from among its members, a Chairman and such other officers as it may deem necessary. The Tenure Commission may adopt such rules of procedures not inconsistent with this chapter as may be necessary to govern the business of the Tenure Commission.

(4) The District government shall furnish to the Tenure Commission, upon the request of the Tenure Commission, such records, information, services, and such other assistance and facilities as may be necessary to enable the Tenure Commission properly to perform its functions. Information so furnished shall be treated by the Tenure Commission as privileged and confidential.

(e)(1) No person may be appointed to the Tenure Commission unless such person —

(A) is a citizen of the United States;

(B) is a bona fide resident of the District and has maintained an actual place of abode in the District for at least ninety days immediately prior to appointment; and

(C) is not an officer or employee of the legislative branch or of an executive or military department or agency of the United States (listed in sections 101 and 102 of title 5 of the United States Code); and (except with respect to the person appointed or designated according to paragraph (3)(E)) is not an officer or employee of the judicial branch of the United States, or an officer or employee of the District government (including its judicial branch).

(2) Any vacancy on the Tenure Commission shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. Any person so appointed to fill a vacancy occurring other than upon the expiration of a prior term shall serve only for the remainder of the unexpired term of such person’s predecessor.

(3) In addition to all other qualifications listed in this section, lawyer members of the Tenure Commission shall have the qualifications prescribed for persons appointed as judges of the District of Columbia courts. Members of the Tenure Commission shall be appointed as follows:

(A) One member shall be appointed by the President of the United States.

(B) Two members shall be appointed by the Board of Governors of the unified District of Columbia Bar, both of whom shall have been engaged in the practice of law in the District for at least five successive years preceding their appointment.

(C) Two members shall be appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall not be a lawyer.

(D) One member shall be appointed by the Council, and shall not be a lawyer.

(E) One member shall be appointed by the chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and such member shall be an active or retired Federal judge serving in the District.

No person may serve at the same time on both the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission and on the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure.

(f) Members of the Tenure Commission shall serve without compensation for services rendered in connection with their official duties on the Commission.

(g) The Tenure Commission shall have the power to suspend, retire, or remove a judge of a District of Columbia court as provided in § 1-204.32 and to make recommendations regarding the appointment of senior judges of the District of Columbia courts as provided in § 11-1504.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 792, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 431; Oct. 13, 1977, 91 Stat. 1155, Pub. L. 95-131, § 3(a); Oct. 30, 1984, 98 Stat. 3142, Pub. L. 98-598, § 2(b); Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3228, Pub. L. 99-573, § 4; June 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 713, Pub. L. 103-266, §§ 2(b)(1), 2(b)(2), 2(b)(3); Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321-91, Pub. L. 104-134, § 133(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 431.

1973 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 431.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 11-908A.


§ 1–204.32. Removal, suspension, and involuntary retirement.

(a)(1) A judge of a District of Columbia court shall be removed from office upon the filing in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals by the Tenure Commission of an order of removal certifying the entry, in any court within the United States, of a final judgment of conviction of a crime which is punishable as a felony under Federal law or which would be a felony in the District.

(2) A judge of a District of Columbia court shall also be removed from office upon affirmance of an appeal from an order of removal filed in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals by the Tenure Commission (or upon expiration of the time within which such an appeal may be taken) after a determination by the Tenure Commission of —

(A) willful misconduct in office,

(B) willful and persistent failure to perform judicial duties, or

(C) any other conduct which is prejudicial to the administration of justice or which brings the judicial office into disrepute.

(b) A judge of a District of Columbia court shall be involuntarily retired from office when (1) the Tenure Commission determines that the judge suffers from a mental or physical disability (including habitual intemperance) which is or is likely to become permanent and which prevents, or seriously interferes with, the proper performance of judicial duties, and (2) the Tenure Commission files in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals an order of involuntary retirement and the order is affirmed on appeal or the time within which an appeal may be taken from the order has expired.

(c)(1) A judge of a District of Columbia court shall be suspended, without salary—

(A) upon—

(i) proof of conviction of a crime referred to in subsection (a)(1) which has not become final, or

(ii) the filing of an order of removal under subsection (a)(2) which has not become final; and

(B) upon the filing by the Tenure Commission of an order of suspension in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Suspension under this paragraph shall continue until termination of all appeals. If the conviction is reversed or the order of removal is set aside, the judge shall be reinstated and shall recover any salary and all other rights and privileges of office.

(2) A judge of a District of Columbia court shall be suspended from all judicial duties, with such retirement salary as the judge may be entitled, upon the filing by the Tenure Commission of an order of involuntary retirement under subsection (b) in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Suspension shall continue until termination of all appeals. If the order of involuntary retirement is set aside, the judge shall be reinstated and shall recover judicial salary less any retirement salary received and shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of office.

(3) A judge of a District of Columbia court shall be suspended from all or part of the judge’s judicial duties, with salary, if the Tenure Commission, upon concurrence of five members, (A) orders a hearing for the removal or retirement of the judge pursuant to this part and determines that such suspension is in the interest of the administration of justice, and (B) files an order of suspension in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The suspension shall terminate as specified in the order (which may be modified, as appropriate, by the Tenure Commission) but in no event later than the termination of all appeals.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 794, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 432; June 13, 1994, Pub. L. 103-266, §§ 2(b)(4), (5), 108 Stat. 713.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 432.

1973 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 432.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.31.


§ 1–204.33. Nomination and appointment of judges.

(a) Except as provided in § 1-204.34(d)(1), the President shall nominate, from the list of persons recommended by the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission established under § 1-204.34, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint all judges of the District of Columbia courts.

(b) No person may be nominated or appointed a judge of a District of Columbia court unless the person —

(1) is a citizen of the United States;

(2) is an active member of the unified District of Columbia Bar and has been engaged in the active practice of law in the District for the five years immediately preceding the nomination or for such five years has been on the faculty of a law school in the District, or has been employed as a lawyer by the United States or the District of Columbia government;

(3) is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia and has maintained an actual place of abode in the District for at least ninety days immediately prior to the nomination, and shall retain such residency while serving as such judge, except judges appointed prior to the effective date of this part who retain residency as required by § 11-1501(a) shall not be required to be residents of the District to be eligible for reappointment or to serve any term to which reappointed;

(4) is recommended to the President, for such nomination and appointment, by the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission; and

(5) has not served, within a period of two years prior to the nomination, as a member of the Tenure Commission or of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.

(c) Not less than six months prior to the expiration of the judge’s term of office, any judge of the District of Columbia courts may file with the Tenure Commission a declaration of candidacy for reappointment. If a declaration is not so filed by any judge, a vacancy shall result from the expiration of the term of office and shall be filled by appointment as provided in subsections (a) and (b) of this section. If a declaration is so filed, the Tenure Commission shall, not less than sixty days prior to the expiration of the declaring candidate’s term of office, prepare and submit to the President a written evaluation of the declaring candidate’s performance during the present term of office and the candidate’s fitness for reappointment to another term. If the Tenure Commission determines the declaring candidate to be well qualified for reappointment to another term, then the term of such declaring candidate shall be automatically extended for another full term, subject to mandatory retirement, suspension, or removal. If the Tenure Commission determines the declaring candidate to be qualified for reappointment to another term, then the President may nominate such candidate, in which case the President shall submit to the Senate for advice and consent the renomination of the declaring candidate as judge. If the President determines not to so nominate such declaring candidate, the President shall nominate another candidate for such position only in accordance with the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section. If the Tenure Commission determines the declaring candidate to be unqualified for reappointment to another term, then the President shall not submit to the Senate for advice and consent the renomination of the declaring candidate as judge and such judge shall not be eligible for reappointment or appointment as a judge of a District of Columbia court.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 795, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 433; Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3228, Pub. L. 99-573, §§ 12, 13; June 13, 1994, Pub. L. 103-266, §§ 2(b)(6), 2(b)(7), 2(b)(8), 108 Stat. 713; Sept. 9, 1996, 110 Stat. 2369, Pub. L. 104-194, § 131(b); Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321-92, Pub. L. 104-134, § 133(b).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 433.

1973 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 433.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.31, § 1-204.34, and § 11-908A.

Editor's Notes

Section 133(b) of Public Law 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321 210, amended (b)(5) to read as follows: “(5) Members of the commission shall serve without compensation for services rendered in connection with their official duties on the Commission.”. Section 131(b) of Public Law 104-194, 110 Stat. 2369, repealed § 133(b) of Pub. L. 104-134 and provided that the provision of law amended by such section is hereby restored as if such section had not been enacted into law.


§ 1–204.34. District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission.

(a) There is established for the District of Columbia the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (hereafter in this section referred to as the “Commission”). The Commission shall consist of seven members selected in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b). Such members shall serve for terms of six years, except that the member selected in accordance with subsection (b)(4)(A) shall serve for five years; of the members first selected in accordance with subsection (b)(4)(B), one member shall serve for three years and one member shall serve for six years; of the members first selected in accordance with subsection (b)(4)(C), one member shall serve for a term of three years and one member shall serve for five years; the member first selected in accordance with subsection (b)(4)(D) shall serve for six years; and the member first appointed in accordance with subsection (b)(4)(E) shall serve for six years. In making the respective first appointments according to subsections (b)(4)(B) and (b)(4)(C), the Mayor and the Board of Governors of the unified District of Columbia Bar shall designate, at the time of such appointments, which member shall serve for the shorter term and which member shall serve for the longer term.

(b)(1) No person may be appointed to the Commission unless the person —

(A) is a citizen of the United States;

(B) is a bona fide resident of the District and has maintained an actual place of abode in the District for at least 90 days immediately prior to appointment; and

(C) is not a member, officer, or employee of the legislative branch or of an executive or military department or agency of the United States (listed in sections 101 and 102 of title 5 of the United States Code); and (except with respect to the person appointed or designated according to paragraph (4)(E)) is not an officer or employee of the judicial branch of the United States, or an officer or employee of the District government (including its judicial branch).

(2) Any vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. Any person so appointed to fill a vacancy occurring other than upon the expiration of a prior term shall serve only for the remainder of the unexpired term of such person’s predecessor.

(3) It shall be the function of the Commission to submit nominees for appointment to positions as judges of the District of Columbia courts in accordance with § 1-204.33.

(4) In addition to all other qualifications listed in this section, lawyer members of the Commission shall have the qualifications prescribed for persons appointed as judges for the District of Columbia courts. Members of the Commission shall be appointed as follows:

(A) One member shall be appointed by the President of the United States.

(B) Two members shall be appointed by the Board of Governors of the unified District of Columbia Bar, both of whom shall have been engaged in the practice of law in the District for at least five successive years preceding their appointment.

(C) Two members shall be appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall not be a lawyer.

(D) One member shall be appointed by the Council, and shall not be a lawyer.

(E) One member shall be appointed by the chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and such member shall be an active or retired Federal judge serving in the District.

(5) Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation for services rendered in connection with their official duties on the Commission.

(c)(1) The Commission shall act only at meetings called by the Chairman or a majority of the Commission held after notice has been given of such meeting to all Commission members. Meetings of the Commission may be closed to the public. Section 1-207.42 shall not apply to meetings of the Commission.

(2) The Commission shall choose annually, from among its members, a Chairman, and such other officers as it may deem necessary. The Commission may adopt such rules of procedures not inconsistent with this chapter as may be necessary to govern the business of the Commission.

(3) The District government shall furnish to the Commission, upon the request of the Commission, such records, information, services, and such other assistance and facilities as may be necessary to enable the Commission properly to perform its function. Information, records, and other materials furnished to or developed by the Commission in the performance of its duties under this section shall be privileged and confidential. Section 552 of title 5, United States Code (known as the Freedom of Information Act), shall not apply to any such materials.

(d)(1) In the event of a vacancy in any position of the judge of a District of Columbia court, the Commission shall, within sixty days following the occurrence of such vacancy, submit to the President, for possible nomination and appointment, a list of three persons for each vacancy. If more than one vacancy exists at one given time, the Commission must submit lists in which no person is named more than once and the President may select more than one nominee from one list. Whenever a vacancy will occur by reason of the expiration of such judge’s term of office, the Commission’s list of nominees shall be submitted to the President not less than sixty days prior to the occurrence of such vacancy. In the event the President fails to nominate, for Senate confirmation, one of the persons on the list submitted to the President under this section within sixty days after receiving such list, the Commission shall nominate, and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint one of those persons to fill the vacancy for which such list was originally submitted to the President.

(2) In the event any person recommended by the Commission to the President requests that the recommendation be withdrawn, dies, or in any other way becomes disqualified to serve as a judge of the District of Columbia courts, the Commission shall promptly recommend to the President one person to replace the person originally recommended.

(3) In no instance shall the Commission recommend any person, who in the event of timely nomination following a recommendation by the Commission, does not meet, upon such nomination, the qualifications specified in § 1-204.33.

(4) Upon submission to the President, the name of any individual recommended under this subsection shall be made public by the Judicial Nomination Commission.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 796, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 434; Oct. 13, 1977, 91 Stat. 1155, Pub. L. 95-131, § 3(b); Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3228, Pub. L. 99-573, §§ 8-10, 15; June 13, 1994, Pub. L. 103-266, §§ 2(b)(9), 2(b)(10), 108 Stat. 713; Sept. 9, 1996, 110 Stat. 2369, Pub. L. 104-194, § 131(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 434.

1973 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 434.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.31 and § 1-204.33.

Temporary Legislation

Section 2 of D.C. Law 18-224 amended section 202 of D.C. Law 18-160 to read as follows: “Sec. 202. Applicability. “Section 201 shall apply upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum held for such purpose and a 35-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 784; D.C. Official Code § 1-203.03), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.”.

Section 5(b) of D.C. Law 18-224 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Editor's Notes

Time limit for submission of lists: Section 3 of Public Law 98-235 provided that notwithstanding the time limitations of subsection (d)(1) of this section, the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission shall submit lists for initial nominations and appointments to judicial positions created under the act within 90 days after the date of enactment of the act. Approved March 19, 1984.


Part C-i. The Attorney General.

§ 1–204.35. Election of the Attorney General.

(a) The Attorney General for the District of Columbia shall be elected on a partisan basis by the registered qualified electors of the District. Nothing in this section shall prevent a candidate for the position of Attorney General from belonging to a political party.

(b)(1) If a vacancy in the position of Attorney General occurs as a consequence of resignation, permanent disability, death, or other reason, the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District on the Tuesday occurring at least 70 days and not more than 174 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs which the Board of Elections determines, based on a totality of the circumstances, taking into account, inter alia, cultural and religious holidays and the administrability of the election, will provide the opportunity for the greatest level of voter participation. The person elected Attorney General to fill a vacancy in the Office of the Attorney General shall take office on the day in which the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies his or her election, and shall serve as Attorney General only for the remainder of the term during which the vacancy occurred unless reelected.

(2) When the position of Attorney General becomes vacant, the Chief Deputy Attorney General shall become the Acting Attorney General and shall serve from the date the vacancy occurs until the date on which the Board of Elections and Ethics certifies the election of the new Attorney General at which time he or she shall again become the Chief Deputy Attorney General. While the Chief Deputy Attorney General is Acting Attorney General, he or she shall receive the compensation regularly paid the Attorney General, and shall receive no compensation as Chief Deputy Attorney General.

(c) The term of office for the Attorney General shall be 4 years and shall begin on noon on January 2nd of the year following his or her election. The term of office of the Attorney General shall coincide with the term of office of the Mayor.

(d) Any candidate for the position of Attorney General shall meet the qualifications of § 1-301.83, prior to the day on which the election for the Attorney General is to be held.

(e) The first election for the position of Attorney General shall be after January 1, 2014.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 435; as added May 28, 2011, D.C. Law 18-160A, § 201(b), 57 DCR 3012; July 18, 2012, 126 Stat. 1133, Pub. L. 112-145, § 2(c).)

Effect of Amendments

Public Law 112-145, in subsec. (b)(1), substituted “the Board of Elections shall hold a special election in the District on the Tuesday occurring at least 70 days and not more than 174 days after the date on which such vacancy occurs which the Board of Elections determines, based on a totality of the circumstances, taking into account, inter alia, cultural and religious holidays and the administrability of the election, will provide the opportunity for the greatest level of voter participation.” for “the Board of Elections and Ethics shall hold a special election in the District on the 1st Tuesday occurring more than 114 days after the date on which the vacancy occurs, unless the Board of Elections and Ethics determines that the vacancy could be more practicably filled in a special election held on the same day as the next general election to be held in the District occurring within 60 days of the date on which a special election would otherwise have been held under the provisions of this paragraph.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section 202 of Law 18-160, see § 2 of the Elected Attorney General Referendum Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-443, June 17, 2010, 57 DCR 5403).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section 202 of Law 18-160, see § 2 of the Elected Attorney General Referendum Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (D.C. Act 18-532, August 6, 2010, 57 DCR 8142).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section 202 of D.C. Law 18-160, see § 204 of Receiving Stolen Property and Public Safety Amendments Emergency Amendment Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-261, December 21, 2011, 58 DCR 11232).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section 202 of D.C. Law 18-160, see § 203 of Receiving Stolen Property and Public Safety Amendments Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-326, March 19, 2012, 59 DCR 2384).

Temporary Legislation

Section 2 of D.C. Law 18-224 amended section 202 of D.C. Law 18-160 to read as follows: “Sec. 202. Applicability. “Section 201 shall apply upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum held for such purpose and a 35-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 784; D.C. Official Code § 1-203.03), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.”.

Section 5(b) of D.C. Law 18-224 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Effective Dates

D.C. Law 18-160 contained an applicability clause for section 201 of the Act that, after amendment by emergency Act 18-443, temporary Law 18-224, and emergency Act 19-51, stated that section 201 would become law upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum and 35 days of congressional review.

D.C. Law 18-160 became effective on May 27, 2010. Section 201 of D.C. Law 18-160 was ratified by the electors of the District of Columbia in a general election held on November 2, 2010, and certified by the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics on November 29, 2010. Section 201 became effective as law on May 28, 2011, following 35 days of congressional review and assigned Law Number 18-160A. Section 201 adds a new section 435 to the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (HRA).

Section 3 of Pub. L. 112-145 provided: “Sec. 3. Effective Date. The amendments made by section 2 shall apply with respect to vacancies occurring on or after the enactment of this Act.”

Editor's Notes

Section 203 of D.C. Law 19-120 amended section 202 of D.C. Law 18-160 to read as follows:

“Sec. 202. Applicability.

“Section 201 shall apply upon its ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum held for such purpose and a 35-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 784; D.C. Official Code § 1-203.03), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.”.

Section 3 of Pub. L. 112-145 provided that the amendments made by section 2 of the act shall apply with respect to vacancies occurring on or after July 18, 2012.


Part D. District Budget and Financial Management.

Subpart 1. Budget and Financial Management.

§ 1–204.41. Fiscal year.

(a) In general. — Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the fiscal year of the District shall, beginning on October 1, 1976, commence on the first day of October of each year and shall end on the 30th day of September of the succeeding calendar year. Such fiscal year shall also constitute the budget and accounting year. The District may change the fiscal year of the District by an act of the Council. If a change occurs, such fiscal year shall also constitute the budget and accounting year.

(b) Exceptions. —

(1) Armory Board. — The fiscal year for the Armory Board shall begin on the first day of January and shall end on the thirty-first day of December of each calendar year.

(2) Schools. — Effective with respect to fiscal year 2007 and each succeeding fiscal year, the fiscal year for the District of Columbia Public Schools (including public charter schools) and the University of the District of Columbia may begin on the first day of July and end on the thirtieth day of June of each calendar year.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 798, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 441; Aug. 29, 1974, 88 Stat. 793, Pub. L. 93-395, § 1(3); Nov. 15, 1977, 91 Stat. 1383, Pub. L. 95-185, § 1; Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2230, Pub. L. 108-386, § 4; Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2029, Pub. L. 109-356, § 124; July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(d), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-101.

1973 Ed., § 47-101.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-301.86, § 1-301.115a, § 1-1162.07, § 47-317.03a, and § 47-392.01.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 108-386, in the first sentence, substituted “(a) In general—Except as provided in subsection (b), the fiscal year” for “The fiscal year”; deleted the third sentence which had read “Such fiscal year shall also constitute the budget and accounting year.”; and added subsec. (b).

Pub. L. 109-356, in subsec. (b)(2), substituted “may begin” for “shall begin”.

D.C. Law 19-321 added “The District may change the fiscal year of the District by an act of the Council. If a change occurs, such fiscal year shall also constitute the budget and accounting year” to the end of (a).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of (a), see § 2(d) of the Local Budget Autonomy Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-566, January 7, 2013, 59 DCR 15061, applicable as of January 1, 2014, and effective as provided in § 1-203.03.

Effective Dates

Section 9 of Pub. L. 108-386, 118 Stat. 2228, the 2004 District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act, provided: “The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act Oct. 30, 2004.”

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

Temporary Commission on Financial Oversight of the District of Columbia: Sections 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 of the Act of September 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 1205, Pub. L. 94-399, as amended by the Act of September 26, 1978, 92 Stat. 750, Pub. L. 95-386 and the Act of June 21, 1979, 93 Stat. 75, Pub. L. 96-27, provided for the establishment of the Temporary Commission on Finance Oversight of the District of Columbia for the purpose of improving the financial planning, reporting, and control systems of the District government. 31 U.S.C. § 715 sets up audit of accounts in D.C. on a permanent basis as of 1982 in § 1-207.36.

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.


§ 1–204.42. Submission of annual budget.

(a) At such time as the Council may direct, the Mayor shall prepare and submit to the Council each year, and make available to the public, an annual budget for the District of Columbia government which shall include:

(1) The budget for the forthcoming fiscal year in such detail as the Mayor determines necessary to reflect the actual financial condition of the District government for such fiscal year, and specify the agencies and purposes for which funds are being requested; and which shall be prepared on the assumption that proposed expenditures resulting from financial transactions undertaken on either an obligation or cash outlay basis, for such fiscal year shall not exceed estimated resources from existing sources and proposed resources;

(2) An annual budget message which shall include supporting financial and statistical information on the budget for the forthcoming fiscal year and information on the approved budgets and expenditures for the immediately preceding 3 fiscal years;

(3) A multiyear plan for all agencies of the District government as required under § 1-204.43;

(4) A multiyear capital improvements plan for all agencies of the District government as required under § 1-204.44;

(5) A program performance report comparing actual performance of as many programs as is practicable for the last completed fiscal year against proposed goals for such programs for such year, and, in addition, presenting as many qualitative or quantitative measures of program effectiveness as possible (including results of statistical sampling or other special analyses), and indicating the status of efforts to comply with the reports of the District of Columbia Auditor and the Comptroller General of the United States;

(6) An issue analysis statement consisting of a reasonable number of issues, identified by the Council in its action on the budget in the preceding fiscal year, having significant revenue or budgetary implications, and other similar issues selected by the Mayor, which shall consider the cost and benefits of alternatives and the rationale behind action recommended or adopted; and

(7) A summary of the budget for the forthcoming fiscal year designed for distribution to the general public.

(b) The budget prepared and submitted by the Mayor shall include, but not be limited to, recommended expenditures at a reasonable level for the forthcoming fiscal year for the Council, the District of Columbia Auditor, the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission, the Zoning Commission of the District of Columbia, the Public Service Commission, the Armory Board, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, and the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.

(c) The Mayor from time to time may prepare and submit to the Council such proposed supplemental or deficiency budget recommendations as in his judgment are necessary on account of laws enacted after transmission of the budget or are otherwise in the public interest. The Mayor shall submit with such proposals a statement of justifications, including reasons for their omission from the annual budget. Whenever such proposed supplemental or deficiency budget recommendations are in an amount which would result in expenditures in excess of estimated resources, the Mayor shall make such recommendations as are necessary to increase resources to meet such increased expenditures.

(d) The Mayor shall prepare and submit to the Council a proposed supplemental or deficiency budget recommendation under subsection (c) of this section if the Council by resolution requests the Mayor to submit such a recommendation.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 798, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 442; Aug. 14, 1974, 88 Stat. 458, Pub. L. 93-376, title III, § 306(a); Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 301(c); Aug. 6, 1996, 110 Stat. 1698, Pub. L. 104-184, § 4(c).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-301.

1973 Ed., § 47-221.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-325.11, § 1-711, § 1-722, § 1-907.03, § 2-1225.21, § 7-771.07, § 9-111.01, § 34-1253.02, § 38-173, § 47-318.01, § 47-318.05a, § 47-375, and § 47-392.02.

Cross References

Board of education, annual report and budget revision, see § 38-154.

D.C. retirement board, budget preparation, see § 1-711.

District government, financial plan and annual District budget, process for submission and approval, see § 47-392.02.

Financing of retirement benefits, calculation of District payment, see § 1-907.03.

Financing of retirement benefits, federal and district payments, determination, certification, see § 1-722.

Fund accounting, duties of Mayor, see § 47-375.

Public parking authority, budget submission, see § 50-2511.

Sports and entertainment commission, public or private bond sale, budget submission, see § 3-1413.

University of the District of Columbia, budget, see § 38-1202.06.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) amendment of section, see § 3102 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 § 3102 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) provisions on limits on local spending increases, see § 4002 of Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-453, July 23, 2002, 49 DCR 8026).

For temporary (90 day) submission of the budget with local spending increase limitations, see § 1202 of the Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-105, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5613).

For temporary (90 day) submission of the budget with local spending increase limitations, see § 1202 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) Department of Employment Services budget and FTE authority provisions, see § 1092 of Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-486, August 2, 2004, 51 DCR 8236).

For temporary (90 day) Department of Employment Services budget and FTE authority provisions, see § 1092 of Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-594, October 26, 2004, 51 DCR 11725).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see §§ 2, 3 of Fiscal Year 2010 Balanced Budget and Spending Pressure Control Plan Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-322, March 2, 2010, 57 DCR 1847).

Temporary Legislation

Sections 2 and 3 of D.C. Law 18-157 added sections to read as follows:

“Sec. 2. The Mayor shall submit a budget gap-closing plan for the District government for the current fiscal year to the Council not later than February 10, 2010. The Mayor shall make the plan available to the public.

“Sec. 3. The Mayor shall submit to the Council by the 10th of each month a report, which is certified by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, on the progress for controlling overspending in fiscal year 2010. The Mayor shall make the reports available to the public.”

Section 5(b) of D.C. Law 18-157 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Short Title

Short title of title XLI of Law 14-190: Section 4101 of D.C. Law 14-190 provided that title XLI of the act may be cited as the Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Submission Amendment Act of 2002.

Short title of subtitle I of title I of Law 15-205: Section 1091 of D.C. Law 15-205 provided that subtitle I of title I of the act may be cited as the Department of Employment Services Budget and FTE Authority Act of 2004.

Submission date for budget request for fiscal year 1992: Pursuant to Resolution 8-312, the “Submission Date for the Fiscal Year 1992 Budget Approval Resolution of 1990,” effective December 21, 1990, the Council established the date by which the Mayor shall submit to the Council the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1992, and identified information and documentation to be submitted to the Council with the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1992.

Submission Date for the Fiscal Year 1993 Budget Approval Resolution of 1991: Pursuant to Resolution 9-151, effective December 27, 1991, the Council established the date by which the Mayor shall submit to the Council the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1993, and to identify information and documentation to be submitted to the Council with the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1993.

Submission Date for the Fiscal Year 1995 Budget Approval Resolution of 1993: Pursuant to Resolution 10-206, effective December 24, 1993, the Council established the date by which the Mayor shall submit to the Council the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1995, and to identify information and documentation to be submitted to the Council with the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1995.

Fiscal Year 1996 Budget Submission Date Extension Emergency Resolution of 1995: Pursuant to Resolution 11-16, effective February 7, 1995, the Council extended, on an emergency basis, the date of submission by the Mayor of the Fiscal Year 1996 budget to the Council.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Section 3102 of D.C. Law 13-172 amended Section 2102 of the Service Improvement and Fiscal Year 2000 Budget Support Act of 1999 to read as follows:

“In submitting fiscal year budgets to the Council for fiscal years beginning with fiscal year 2001, there should be a guide for calculating the increase in annual expenditures of local funds. This guide should be an increase of no more than 3% over the prior fiscal year’s expenditures of local funds.”

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-202 apply to this subchapter.

Section 4102 of D.C. Law 14-190 provided: “Sec. 4102. Limit on increase in spending. For fiscal year 2004 the Mayor shall not submit a budget to the Council that increases spending by more than 4% of the fiscal year 2003 budget approved by the Council.”

Section 1202 of D.C. Law 15-39 provided:

“(a) For fiscal year 2005, the Mayor shall submit a budget to the Council that increases local funds spending by no more than 3.5% of the fiscal year 2004 budget approved by the Council. Any spending transferred from local funds in fiscal year 2004 to non-local funds in Fiscal year 2005 shall be included in any calculation to determine whether the proposed spending for fiscal year 2005 is more than 3.5% greater than local spending in fiscal year 2004.

“(b) By July 1, 2003, the Chief Financial Officer and the Mayor shall identify by contract or subagency, the areas where contract savings identified by the Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Request Act, passed on May 6, 2003 (Enrolled version of Bill 15-214) shall occur and submit the information to Council.

“(c) The budget submission pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall provide that not less than ½ of the personnel costs for Public Safety Communications Center services in fiscal year 2004 shall instead be paid by local funds in fiscal year 2005.”

Section 1092 of D.C. Law 15-205 provided:

“For fiscal year 2005, the Department of Employment Services (‘DOES’) shall have:

“(1) No more than 513 full time equivalent (‘FTE’) employees; and

“(2) A total budget of $88,846,102, to be allocated as follows:

“(A)(i) Personal services budget not to exceed $32,314,000;

“(ii) Nonpersonal services budget not to exceed $56,532,000, including not less than $29,965,000 for Subsidies and Transfers;

“(B) From the funds identified herein, no less than $764,000 shall be made available for the Office of Apprenticeship and Information Training; and

“(C) From the funds identified herein, no more than $686,000 shall be made available for security costs.

“(b) The budget allocations set forth in paragraph (2)(A) of subsection (a) shall apply to budgeted funds only and exclude any additional grant funds or special purpose funds not included in the fiscal year 2005 budget. The allocations are subject to the following adjustments if there are grant fund or special purpose fund budget modifications approved by the Council: 36% of any budget modifications shall be allocated to personal services and 64% shall be allocated to nonpersonal services.”

Deadline for submission of revised revenue estimate: Section 124 of Pub. L. 102-382, 106 Stat. 1433, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1993, provided that no later than 30 days after the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year ending September 30, 1993, the Mayor of the District of Columbia shall submit to the Council of the District of Columbia the new fiscal year 1993 revenue estimates as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 1993. These estimates shall be used in the budget request for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1994. The officially revised estimates at midyear shall be used for the midyear report.

Section 123 of the Joint Resolution Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes, approved September 19, 2014 (Pub. L. 113-164; 128 Stat. 1871) provided: “Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, except section 106, the District of Columbia may expend local funds under the heading ‘District of Columbia Funds’ for such programs and activities under title IV of H.R. 5016 (113th Congress), as passed by the House of Representatives on July 16, 2014, at the rate set forth under ‘District of Columbia Funds—Summary of Expenses’ as included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-370), as modified as of the date of the enactment of this joint resolution.”

Title IV of Division E of Pub. L. 113-235, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2015, approved December 16, 2014 (Pub. L. 113-235; 128 Stat. 2130 at 2342) provided: “Title IV—District of Columbia; Federal Funds; Federal Payment for Resident Tuition Support.

“For a Federal payment to the District of Columbia, to be deposited into a dedicated account, for a nationwide program to be administered by the Mayor, for District of Columbia resident tuition support, $30,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That such funds, including any interest accrued thereon, may be used on behalf of eligible District of Columbia residents to pay an amount based upon the difference between in-State and out-of-State tuition at public institutions of higher education, or to pay up to $2,500 each year at eligible private institutions of higher education: Provided further, That the awarding of such funds may be prioritized on the basis of a resident's academic merit, the income and need of eligible students and such other factors as may be authorized: Provided further, That the District of Columbia government shall maintain a dedicated account for the Resident Tuition Support Program that shall consist of the Federal funds appropriated to the Program in this Act and any subsequent appropriations, any unobligated balances from prior fiscal years, and any interest earned in this or any fiscal year: Provided further, That the account shall be under the control of the District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer, who shall use those funds solely for the purposes of carrying out the Resident Tuition Support Program: Provided further, That the Office of the Chief Financial Officer shall provide a quarterly financial report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate for these funds showing, by object class, the expenditures made and the purpose therefor.

“Federal Payment for Emergency Planning and Security Costs in the District of Columbia. For a Federal payment of necessary expenses, as determined by the Mayor of the District of Columbia in written consultation with the elected county or city officials of surrounding jurisdictions, $12,500,000, to remain available until expended, for the costs of providing public safety at events related to the presence of the National Capital in the District of Columbia, including support requested by the Director of the United States Secret Service in carrying out protective duties under the direction of the Secretary of Homeland Security, and for the costs of providing support to respond to immediate and specific terrorist threats or attacks in the District of Columbia or surrounding jurisdictions.

“Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Courts. For salaries and expenses for the District of Columbia Courts, $245,110,000 to be allocated as follows: for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, $13,622,000, of which not to exceed $2,500 is for official reception and representation expenses; for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, $116,443,000, of which not to exceed $2,500 is for official reception and representation expenses; for the District of Columbia Court System, $71,155,000, of which not to exceed $2,500 is for official reception and representation expenses; and $43,890,000, to remain available until September 30, 2016, for capital improvements for District of Columbia courthouse facilities: Provided, That funds made available for capital improvements shall be expended consistent with the District of Columbia Courts master plan study and facilities condition assessment: Provided further, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, all amounts under this heading shall be apportioned quarterly by the Office of Management and Budget and obligated and expended in the same manner as funds appropriated for salaries and expenses of other Federal agencies: Provided further, That 30 days after providing written notice to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the District of Columbia Courts may reallocate not more than $6,000,000 of the funds provided under this heading among the items and entities funded under this heading: Provided further, That the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration in the District of Columbia may, by regulation, establish a program substantially similar to the program set forth in subchapter II of chapter 35 of title 5, United States Code, for employees of the District of Columbia Courts.

“Federal Payment for Defender Services in District of Columbia Courts. For payments authorized under section 11-2604 and section 11-2605, D.C. Official Code (relating to representation provided under the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Act), payments for counsel appointed in proceedings in the Family Court of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia under chapter 23 of title 16, D.C. Official Code, or pursuant to contractual agreements to provide guardian ad litem representation, training, technical assistance, and such other services as are necessary to improve the quality of guardian ad litem representation, payments for counsel appointed in adoption proceedings under chapter 3 of title 16, D.C. Official Code, and payments authorized under section 21–2060, D.C. Official Code (relating to services provided under the District of Columbia Guardianship, Protective Proceedings, and Durable Power of Attorney Act of 1986), $49,890,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That funds provided under this heading shall be administered by the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration in the District of Columbia: Provided further, That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, this appropriation shall be apportioned quarterly by the Office of Management and Budget and obligated and expended in the same manner as funds appropriated for expenses of other Federal agencies.

“Federal Payment to the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia. For salaries and expenses, including the transfer and hire of motor vehicles, of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia, as authorized by the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, $234,000,000, of which not to exceed $2,000 is for official reception and representation expenses related to Community Supervision and Pretrial Services Agency programs, of which not to exceed $25,000 is for dues and assessments relating to the implementation of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Interstate Supervision Act of 2002; of which $173,155,000 shall be for necessary expenses of Community Supervision and Sex Offender Registration, to include expenses relating to the supervision of adults subject to protection orders or the provision of services for or related to such persons, of which up to $9,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2017, for the relocation of offender supervision field offices; and of which $60,845,000 shall be available to the Pretrial Services Agency: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, all amounts under this heading shall be apportioned quarterly by the Office of Management and Budget and obligated and expended in the same manner as funds appropriated for salaries and expenses of other Federal agencies: Provided further, That amounts under this heading may be used for programmatic incentives for offenders and defendants successfully meeting terms of supervision: Provided further, That the Director is authorized to accept and use gifts in the form of in-kind contributions of the following: space and hospitality to support offender and defendant programs; equipment, supplies, and vocational training services necessary to sustain, educate, and train offenders and defendants, including their dependent children; and programmatic incentives for offenders and defendants meeting terms of supervision: Provided further, That the Director shall keep accurate and detailed records of the acceptance and use of any gift under the previous proviso, and shall make such records available for audit and public inspection: Provided further, That the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Director is authorized to accept and use reimbursement from the District of Columbia Government for space and services provided on a cost reimbursable basis.

“Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Public Defender Service. For salaries and expenses, including the transfer and hire of motor vehicles, of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, as authorized by the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, $41,231,000, of which $1,150,000, to remain available until September 30, 2017, is for relocation of satellite offices: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, all amounts under this heading shall be apportioned quarterly by the Office of Management and Budget and obligated and expended in the same manner as funds appropriated for salaries and expenses of Federal agencies: Provided further, That, notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, United States Code, and in addition to the authority provided by the District of Columbia Code Section 2-1607(b), upon approval of the Board of Trustees, the District of Columbia Public Defender Service may accept and use voluntary and uncompensated services for the purpose of aiding or facilitating the work of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service: Provided further, That, notwithstanding District of Columbia Code section 2-1603(d), for the purpose of any action brought against the Board of the Trustees of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, the trustees shall be deemed to be employees of the Public Defender Service.

“Federal Payment to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. For a Federal payment to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, $14,000,000, to remain available until expended, to continue implementation of the Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Plan: Provided, That the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority provides a 100 percent match for this payment.

“Federal Payment to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. For a Federal payment to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, $1,900,000, to remain available until expended, to support initiatives related to the coordination of Federal and local criminal justice resources in the District of Columbia.

“Federal Payment for Judicial Commissions. For a Federal payment, to remain available until September 30, 2016, to the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, $295,000, and for the Judicial Nomination Commission, $270,000.

“Federal Payment for School Improvement. For a Federal payment for a school improvement program in the District of Columbia, $45,000,000, to remain available until expended, for payments authorized under the Scholarship for Opportunity and Results Act (division C of Public Law 112-10): Provided, That within funds provided for opportunity scholarships $3,000,000 shall be for the activities specified in sections 3007(b) through 3007(d) and 3009 of the Act.

“Federal Payment for the District of Columbia National Guard. For a Federal payment to the District of Columbia National Guard, $435,000, to remain available until expended for the Major General David F. Wherley, Jr. District of Columbia National Guard Retention and College Access Program.

“Federal Payment for Testing and Treatment of HIV/AIDS. For a Federal payment to the District of Columbia for the testing of individuals for, and the treatment of individuals with, human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in the District of Columbia, $5,000,000.

“District of Columbia Funds. Local funds are appropriated for the District of Columbia for the current fiscal year out of the General Fund of the District of Columbia (“General Fund”) for programs and activities set forth under the heading “District of Columbia Funds Summary of Expenses” and at the rate set forth under such heading, as included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request Act of 2014 submitted to the Congress by the District of Columbia as amended as of the date of enactment of this Act: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, except as provided in section 450A of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act ( section 1-204.50a, D.C. Official Code), sections 816 and 817 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2009 ( secs. 47-369.01 and 47-369.02, D.C. Official Code), and provisions of this Act, the total amount appropriated in this Act for operating expenses for the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2015 under this heading shall not exceed the estimates included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request Act of 2014 submitted to Congress by the District of Columbia as amended as of the date of enactment of this Act or the sum of the total revenues of the District of Columbia for such fiscal year: Provided further, That the amount appropriated may be increased by proceeds of one-time transactions, which are expended for emergency or unanticipated operating or capital needs: Provided further, That such increases shall be approved by enactment of local District law and shall comply with all reserve requirements contained in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act: Provided further, That the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia shall take such steps as are necessary to assure that the District of Columbia meets these requirements, including the apportioning by the Chief Financial Officer of the appropriations and funds made available to the District during fiscal year 2015, except that the Chief Financial Officer may not reprogram for operating expenses any funds derived from bonds, notes, or other obligations issued for capital projects.

“This title may be cited as the ‘District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2015’.”

Title VIII of Division E of Pub. L. 113-235 (Pub. L. 113-235; 128 Stat. 2130 at 2393) provides the following: “General Provisions—District of Columbia (Including Transfers of Funds).

“Sec. 801. There are appropriated from the applicable funds of the District of Columbia such sums as may be necessary for making refunds and for the payment of legal settlements or judgments that have been entered against the District of Columbia government.

“Sec. 802. None of the Federal funds provided in this Act shall be used for publicity or propaganda purposes or implementation of any policy including boycott designed to support or defeat legislation pending before Congress or any State legislature.

“Sec. 803. (a) None of the Federal funds provided under this Act to the agencies funded by this Act, both Federal and District government agencies, that remain available for obligation or expenditure in fiscal year 2015, or provided from any accounts in the Treasury of the United States derived by the collection of fees available to the agencies funded by this Act, shall be available for obligation or expenditures for an agency through a reprogramming of funds which—

“(1) creates new programs;

“(2) eliminates a program, project, or responsibility center;

“(3) establishes or changes allocations specifically denied, limited or increased under this Act;

“(4) increases funds or personnel by any means for any program, project, or responsibility center for which funds have been denied or restricted;

“(5) re-establishes any program or project previously deferred through reprogramming;

“(6) augments any existing program, project, or responsibility center through a reprogramming of funds in excess of $3,000,000 or 10 percent, whichever is less; or

“(7) increases by 20 percent or more personnel assigned to a specific program, project or responsibility center, unless prior approval is received from the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“(b) The District of Columbia government is authorized to approve and execute reprogramming and transfer requests of local funds under this title through November 7, 2015.

“Sec. 804. None of the Federal funds provided in this Act may be used by the District of Columbia to provide for salaries, expenses, or other costs associated with the offices of United States Senator or United States Representative under section 4(d) of the District of Columbia Statehood Constitutional Convention Initiatives of 1979 (D.C. Law 3-171; D.C. Official Code, sec. 1-123).

“Sec. 805. Except as otherwise provided in this section, none of the funds made available by this Act or by any other Act may be used to provide any officer or employee of the District of Columbia with an official vehicle unless the officer or employee uses the vehicle only in the performance of the officer's or employee's official duties. For purposes of this section, the term “official duties” does not include travel between the officer's or employee's residence and workplace, except in the case of—

“(1) an officer or employee of the Metropolitan Police Department who resides in the District of Columbia or is otherwise designated by the Chief of the Department;

“(2) at the discretion of the Fire Chief, an officer or employee of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department who resides in the District of Columbia and is on call 24 hours a day;

“(3) at the discretion of the Director of the Department of Corrections, an officer or employee of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections who resides in the District of Columbia and is on call 24 hours a day;

“(4) at the discretion of the Chief Medical Examiner, an officer or employee of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who resides in the District of Columbia and is on call 24 hours a day;

“(5) at the discretion of the Director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, an officer or employee of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency who resides in the District of Columbia and is on call 24 hours a day;

“(6) the Mayor of the District of Columbia; and

“(7) the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia.

“Sec. 806. (a) None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used by the District of Columbia Attorney General or any other officer or entity of the District government to provide assistance for any petition drive or civil action which seeks to require Congress to provide for voting representation in Congress for the District of Columbia.

“Sec. 807. None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used to distribute any needle or syringe for the purpose of preventing the spread of blood borne pathogens in any location that has been determined by the local public health or local law enforcement authorities to be inappropriate for such distribution.

“Sec. 808. Nothing in this Act may be construed to prevent the Council or Mayor of the District of Columbia from addressing the issue of the provision of contraceptive coverage by health insurance plans, but it is the intent of Congress that any legislation enacted on such issue should include a ‘conscience clause’ which provides exceptions for religious beliefs and moral convictions.

“Sec. 809. (a) None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act ( 21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinols derivative.

“ (b) None of the funds contained in this Act may be used to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act ( 21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinols derivative for recreational purposes.

“Sec. 810. None of the funds appropriated under this Act shall be expended for any abortion except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term or where the pregnancy is the result of an act of rape or incest.

“Sec. 811. (a) No later than 30 calendar days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress, the Mayor, and the Council of the District of Columbia, a revised appropriated funds operating budget in the format of the budget that the District of Columbia government submitted pursuant to section 442 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (D.C. Official Code, sec. 1-204.42), for all agencies of the District of Columbia government for fiscal year 2015 that is in the total amount of the approved appropriation and that realigns all budgeted data for personal services and other-than-personal services, respectively, with anticipated actual expenditures.

“(b) This section shall apply only to an agency for which the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia certifies that a reallocation is required to address unanticipated changes in program requirements.

“Sec. 812. No later than 30 calendar days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress, the Mayor, and the Council for the District of Columbia, a revised appropriated funds operating budget for the District of Columbia Public Schools that aligns schools budgets to actual enrollment. The revised appropriated funds budget shall be in the format of the budget that the District of Columbia government submitted pursuant to section 442 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (D.C. Official Code, Sec. 1-204.42).

“Sec. 813. (a) Amounts appropriated in this Act as operating funds may be transferred to the District of Columbia's enterprise and capital funds and such amounts, once transferred, shall retain appropriation authority consistent with the provisions of this Act.

“(b) The District of Columbia government is authorized to reprogram or transfer for operating expenses any local funds transferred or reprogrammed in this or the four prior fiscal years from operating funds to capital funds, and such amounts, once transferred or reprogrammed, shall retain appropriation authority consistent with the provisions of this Act.

“(c) The District of Columbia government may not transfer or reprogram for operating expenses any funds derived from bonds, notes, or other obligations issued for capital projects.

“Sec. 814. None of the Federal funds appropriated in this Act shall remain available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year, nor may any be transferred to other appropriations, unless expressly so provided herein.

“Sec. 815. Except as otherwise specifically provided by law or under this Act, not to exceed 50 percent of unobligated balances remaining available at the end of fiscal year 2015 from appropriations of Federal funds made available for salaries and expenses for fiscal year 2015 in this Act, shall remain available through September 30, 2016, for each such account for the purposes authorized: Provided, That a request shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate for approval prior to the expenditure of such funds: Provided further, That these requests shall be made in compliance with reprogramming guidelines outlined in section 803 of this Act.

“Sec. 816. (a) During fiscal year 2016, during a period in which neither a District of Columbia continuing resolution or a regular District of Columbia appropriation bill is in effect, local funds are appropriated in the amount provided for any project or activity for which local funds are provided in the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request Act of 2015 as submitted to Congress (subject to any modifications enacted by the District of Columbia as of the beginning of the period during which this subsection is in effect) at the rate set forth by such Act.

“(b) Appropriations made by subsection (a) shall cease to be available—

“(1) during any period in which a District of Columbia continuing resolution for fiscal year 2016 is in effect; or

“(2) upon the enactment into law of the regular District of Columbia appropriation bill for fiscal year 2016.

“(c) An appropriation made by subsection (a) is provided under the authority and conditions as provided under this Act and shall be available to the extent and in the manner that would be provided by this Act.

“(d) An appropriation made by subsection (a) shall cover all obligations or expenditures incurred for such project or activity during the portion of fiscal year 2016 for which this section applies to such project or activity.

“(e) This section shall not apply to a project or activity during any period of fiscal year 2016 if any other provision of law (other than an authorization of appropriations)—

“(1) makes an appropriation, makes funds available, or grants authority for such project or activity to continue for such period; or

“(2) specifically provides that no appropriation shall be made, no funds shall be made available, or no authority shall be granted for such project or activity to continue for such period.

“(f) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect obligations of the government of the District of Columbia mandated by other law.

“Sec. 817. Except as expressly provided otherwise, any reference to ‘this Act’ contained in this title or in title IV shall be treated as referring only to the provisions of this title or of title IV.

“This division may be cited as the ‘Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015’.”

Mayor's Orders

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 83-19 January 3, 1983, Establishment of Office of Financial Management: See Mayor’s Order 88-13, January 22, 1988.

Agency Budget and Resource Utilization Advisory Committees established: See Mayor’s Order 88-239, October 26, 1988.

Establishment of Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Resources and Budget: See Mayor’s Order 89-207, September 12, 1989.

Establishment of District of Columbia Commission on Budget and Financial Priorities: See Mayor’s Order 89-224, October 5, 1989.

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 89-224: Establishment—D.C. Commission on Budget and Financial Priorities: See Mayor’s Order 90-198, December 13, 1990.


§ 1–204.43. Multiyear plan.

The Mayor shall prepare and include in the annual budget a multiyear plan for all agencies included in the District budget, for all sources of funding, and for such program categories as the Mayor identifies. Such plan shall be based on the actual experience of the immediately preceding 3 fiscal years, on the approved current fiscal year budget, and on estimates for at least the 4 succeeding fiscal years. The plan shall include, but not be limited to, provisions identifying:

(1) Future cost implications of maintaining programs at currently authorized levels, including anticipated changes in wage, salary, and benefit levels;

(2) Future cost implications of all capital projects for which funds have already been authorized, including identification of the amount of already appropriated but unexpended capital project funds;

(3) Future cost implications of new, improved, or expanded programs and capital project commitments proposed for each of the succeeding 4 fiscal years;

(4) The effects of current and proposed capital projects on future operating budget requirements;

(5) Revenues and funds likely to be available from existing revenue sources at current rates or levels;

(6) The specific revenue and tax measures recommended for the forthcoming fiscal year and for the next following fiscal year necessary to balance revenues and expenditures;

(7) The actuarial status and anticipated costs and revenues of retirement systems covering District employees; and

(8) Total debt service payments in each fiscal year in which debt service payments must be made for all bonds which have been or will be issued, and all loans from the United States Treasury which have been or will be received, to finance the total cost on a full funding basis of all projects listed in the capital improvements plan prepared under § 1-204.44; and for each such fiscal year, the percentage relationship of the total debt service payments (with payments for issued and proposed bonds and loans from the United States Treasury, received or proposed, separately identified) to the bonding limitation for the current and forthcoming fiscal year as specified in § 1-206.03(b).


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 799, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 443.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-302.

1973 Ed., § 47-222.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.42, § 47-318, § 47-318.01, § 47-318.05a, § 47-339.01, and § 47-392.08.

Cross References

District government, financial plan and budget, special rules for fiscal year 1996, see § 47-392.08.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) authorization of multiyear budget plan, see §§ 4402 through 4408 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 §§ 4402 to 4408 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) authorization of multiyear budget plan, see §§ 4002 to 4007 of Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-124, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7861).

Editor's Notes

Deadline for submission of revised revenue estimate: Section 124 of Pub. L. 102-382, 106 Stat. 1433, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1993, provided that no later than 30 days after the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year ending September 30, 1993, the Mayor of the District of Columbia shall submit to the Council of the District of Columbia the new fiscal year 1993 revenue estimates as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 1993. These estimates shall be used in the budget request for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1994. The officially revised estimates at midyear shall be used for the midyear report.

Submission date for budget request for fiscal year 1992: Pursuant to Resolution 8-312, the “Submission Date for the Fiscal Year 1992 Budget Approval Resolution of 1990,” effective December 21, 1990, the Council established the date by which the Mayor shall submit to the Council the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1992, and identified information and documentation to be submitted to the Council with the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1992.

Establishment of Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Resources and Budget: See Mayor’s Order 89-207, September 12, 1989.

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that ‘§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 [§§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed.] of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Multiyear budget plans: Sections 4402 to 4407 of D.C. Law 14-28 provided:

‘Sec. 4402. No later than September 30, 2001, the following agencies and agencies responsible for the following programs, shall submit to the Council of the District of Columbia and to the Chief Financial Officer a multiyear financial plan as required by this title:

‘(1) Risk Management programs administered by the Mayor;

‘(2) Department of Mental Health; and

‘(3) Settlements and Judgments Fund administered by the Corporation Counsel.

‘Sec. 4403. The multiyear financial plan required by this title shall detail the projected cost of services for that agency or program for fiscal years 2002 through 2005, and shall be based on a performance plan for the same fiscal years. The multiyear financial plan shall specify reasonable assumptions for inflation, personal service levels, and wage increases, and identify all budgetary assumptions being used. The multiyear financial plan shall calculate and specify the cost per fiscal year to achieve the objectives and goals set forth in the performance plan.

‘Sec. 4404. (a) For the purposes of this title, ‘performance plan’ is a detailed statement that includes:

‘(1) A mission statement—a broad statement of central purpose;

‘(2) Objectives—less broad statements of desired outcomes resulting from accomplishing the mission; and

‘(3) Goals—target levels of performance expressed in tangible, measurable terms, against which actual achievement of objectives can be compared; a goal may be expressed as a population target, or as a quantitative standard, value, or rate.

‘(b) The performance plan shall describe the strategy for how the mission (including its objectives and goals) will be accomplished. This description of strategy shall include all of the functions, activities, operations, and projects required for effective implementation of the performance plan. There shall be one or more measures of performance, that address both quantity and quality, for each goal. The performance plan shall state measurable or objective performance goals and objectives for all significant activities of the agency or program. The plan shall identify (describe and quantify) the classes of persons to be served and how (qualitatively and quantitatively) those classes will change as a result of the mission, objectives, and goals.

‘(c) The performance plan shall also provide national norms, industry standards, typical benchmarks, performance measures from other cities, or other relevant comparative data.

‘(d) An agency which prepared a performance plan pursuant to Title XLIV of the Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Support Act of 2000, effective October 19, 2000 (D.C. Law 13-172; 47 DCR 6308), in the previous fiscal year shall also provide an analysis of the agency’s performance vis-à-vis its performance plan.

‘Sec. 4405. The multiyear financial plan shall include all funds, including local and federal funds.

‘Sec. 4406. For each of the agencies specified in section 4402, the performance plan shall detail how the agency or program will provide improved service delivery that:

‘(1) Fulfills its mission (including objectives and goals);

‘(2) Reduces expenditures, especially from local funds; and

‘(3) Creates operational efficiencies to accomplish this.

‘Sec. 4407. The Chief Financial Officer shall have the authority to require greater specificity in the multiyear plan prior to submission, and to work with agencies to improve their submission.’

Mayor's Orders

Establishment of District of Columbia Commission on Budget and Financial Priorities: See Mayor’s Order 89-224, October 5, 1989.

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 89-224: Establishment—D.C. Commission on Budget and Financial Priorities: See Mayor’s Order 90-198, December 13, 1990.


§ 1–204.44. Multiyear capital improvements plan.

The Mayor shall prepare and include in the annual budget a multiyear capital improvements plan for all agencies of the District which shall be based upon the approved current fiscal year budget and shall include:

(1) The status, estimated period of usefulness, and total cost of each capital project on a full funding basis for which any appropriation is requested or any expenditure will be made in the forthcoming fiscal year and at least 4 fiscal years thereafter, including an explanation of change in total cost in excess of 5% for any capital project included in the plan of the previous fiscal year;

(2) An analysis of the plan, including its relationship to other programs, proposals, or elements developed by the Mayor as the central planning agency for the District pursuant to § 1-204.23;

(3) Identification of the years and amounts in which bonds would have to be issued, loans made, and costs actually incurred on each capital project identified; and

(4) Appropriate maps or other graphics.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 800, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 444.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-303.

1973 Ed., § 47-223.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.42, § 1-204.43, § 2-1005, § 38-2803, § 47-318, § 47-318.05a, § 47-336, and § 47-339.01.

Cross References

National capital planning commission, public works program, Mayor’s submission of multi-year capital improvements plan, see § 2-1005.

Editor's Notes

Annual plan for capital outlay borrowing from United States Treasury: Section 118 of Pub. L. 101-168, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1990, provided that at the start of the fiscal year, the Mayor shall develop an annual plan, by quarter and by project, for capital outlay borrowings and provided, that within a reasonable time after the close of each quarter, the Mayor shall report to the Council of the District of Columbia and the Congress the actual borrowing and spending progress compared with projections.

Approval by Council required prior to capital borrowing: Section 119 of Pub. L. 101-168, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1990, provided that the Mayor shall not borrow any funds for capital projects unless he has obtained prior approval from the Council of the District of Columbia, by resolution, identifying the projects and amounts to be financed with such borrowings.

General obligation bonds authorized: D.C. Law 5-115, effective September 26, 1984, authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds of the District of Columbia for the purpose of financing certain capital projects and refunding certain capital indebtedness of the District of Columbia.

D.C. Law 6-60, effective November 19, 1985, authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds of the District of Columbia for the purpose of financing certain capital projects and refunding certain capital indebtedness of the District of Columbia.

Capital projects funds borrowing authority resolution: Pursuant to Resolution 5-719, the “Capital Projects Funds Borrowing Authorization Resolution of 1984,” effective June 12, 1984, the Council approved the request of the Mayor for authority to borrow funds for capital projects.

Issuance of general obligation bonds authorized: Pursuant to Resolution 6-714, the “General Obligation Bonds Issuance Authorization Resolution of 1986,” effective June 17, 1986, the Council authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds for capital projects.

Pursuant to Resolution 7-96, the “General Obligation Bonds Issuance Authorization Resolution of 1987,” effective July 14, 1987, the Council authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds for capital projects.

Pursuant to Resolution 8-33, the “General Obligation Bond Issuance Approval Resolution of 1989”, effective April 18, 1989, the Council approved the borrowing of funds by the Mayor through the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

Pursuant to Resolution 8-246, the “General Obligation Bond Issuance 1990B Authorization Resolution of 1990,” effective July 27, 1990, the Council approved the borrowing of funds by the Mayor through the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

Submission date for budget request for fiscal year 1992: Pursuant to Resolution 8-312, the “Submission Date for the Fiscal Year 1992 Budget Approval Resolution of 1990,” effective December 21, 1990, the Council established the date by which the Mayor shall submit to the Council the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1992, and identified information and documentation to be submitted to the Council with the proposed budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1992.

General Obligation Bond Issuance 1991A Authorization Resolution of 1991: Pursuant to Resolution 9-39, effective May 24, 1991, the Council approved the borrowing of funds by the Mayor through the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

General Obligation Bond Issuance Approval Resolution of 1993: Pursuant to Resolution 10-49, effective June 11, 1993, the Council conditionally approved the borrowing of funds by the Mayor through the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

General Obligation Bond Issuance Conditional Approval Resolution of 1994: Pursuant to Resolution 10-392, effective June 21, 1994, the Council conditionally approved the borrowing of funds by the Mayor through the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

General Obligation Bond 1996 Issuance Authorization Emergency Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-545, effective October 1, 1996, the Council approved, on an emergency basis, authorization for the borrowing of funds by the Mayor through the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Mayor's Orders

Capital Program Coordinating Office established: See Mayor’s Order 84-87, May 16, 1984.


§ 1–204.45. District of Columbia courts’ budget.

The District of Columbia courts shall prepare and annually submit to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, for inclusion in the annual budget, annual estimates of the expenditures and appropriations necessary for the maintenance and operation of the District of Columbia court system. The courts shall submit as part of their budgets both a multiyear plan and a multiyear capital improvements plan and shall submit a statement presenting qualitative and quantitative descriptions of court activities and the status of efforts to comply with reports of the Comptroller General of the United States.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 800, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 445; Aug. 5, 1977, 111 Stat. 753. Pub. L. 105-33, § 11243(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 445.

1973 Ed., Title 11, appx.


§ 1–204.45a. Water and Sewer Authority budget.

(a) In general. — The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority established pursuant to Chapter 22 of Title 34 shall prepare and annually submit to the Mayor, for inclusion in the annual budget, annual estimates of the expenditures and appropriations necessary for the operation of the Authority for the year. All such estimates shall be forwarded by the Mayor to the Council for its action pursuant to §§ 1-204.46 and 1-206.03(c), without revision but subject to his recommendations. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Council may comment or make recommendations concerning such annual estimates, but shall have no authority under this chapter to revise such estimates.

(b) Permitting expenditure of excess revenues for capital projects in excess of budget. — Notwithstanding the amount appropriated for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority for capital projects for a fiscal year, if the revenues of the Authority for the year exceed the estimated revenues of the Authority provided in the annual budget of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year, the Authority may obligate or expend an additional amount for capital projects during the year equal to the amount of such excess revenues.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 800, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 445a; as added Aug. 6, 1996, 110 Stat. 1698, Pub. L. 104-184, § 4(a); Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 784, Pub. L. 105-033, § 11714(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 43-1691.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.46 and § 1-204.96.

Effective Dates

Section 11714(c) of Pub. L. 105-33 provided that the amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to fiscal years beginning on or after October 1, 1996.

Section 11717(b) of Title XI of Pub. L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 786 provided that any reference in law or regulation to the “District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act” shall be deemed to be a reference to the “District of Columbia Home Rule Act,” which is set out in Volume 1.


§ 1–204.46. Enactment of local budget by Council.

(a) Adoption of budgets and supplements. — The Council, within 70 calendar days, or as otherwise provided by law, after receipt of the budget proposal from the Mayor, and after public hearing, and by a vote of a majority of the members present and voting, shall by act adopt the annual budget for the District of Columbia government. The federal portion of the annual budget shall be submitted by the Mayor to the President for transmission to Congress. The local portion of the annual budget shall be submitted by the Chairman of the Council to the Speaker of the House of Representatives pursuant to the procedure set forth in § 1-206.02(c). Any supplements to the annual budget shall also be adopted by act of the Council, after public hearing, by a vote of a majority of the members present and voting.

(b) Transmission to President during control years. — In the case of a budget for a fiscal year which is a control year, the budget so adopted shall be submitted by the Mayor to the President for transmission by the President to the Congress; except, that the Mayor shall not transmit any such budget, or amendments or supplements to the budget, to the President until the completion of the budget procedures contained in this chapter and the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995 [Pub. L. 104-8].

(c) Prohibiting obligations and expenditures not authorized under budget. — Except as provided in § 1-204.45a(b), § 1-204.46b, § 1-204.67(d), § 1-204.71(c), § 1-204.72(d)(2), § 1-204.75(e)(2), § 1-204.83(d), and subsections (f), (g), (h)(3), and (i)(3) of § 1-204.90, no amount may be obligated or expended by any officer or employee of the District of Columbia government unless —

(1) such amount has been approved by an act of the Council (and then only in accordance with such authorization) and such act has been transmitted by the Chairman to the Congress and has completed the review process under § 1-206.02(c)(3); or

(2) in the case of an amount obligated or expended during a control year, such amount has been approved by an Act of Congress (and then only in accordance with such authorization).

(d) Restrictions on reprogramming of amounts. — After the adoption of the annual budget for a fiscal year (beginning with the annual budget for fiscal year 1995), no reprogramming of amounts in the budget may occur unless the Mayor submits to the Council a request for such reprogramming and the Council approves the request, but and only if any additional expenditures provided under such request for an activity are offset by reductions in expenditures for another activity.

(e) Definition. — In this part, the term “control year” has the meaning given such term in § 47-393(4).


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 801, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 446; Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 2; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 301(b)(1); Aug. 6, 1996, 110 Stat. 1696, Pub. L. 104-184, § 2(c)(2); Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 777, Pub. L. 105-33, §§ 11509, 11714(b); Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 160(a)(2); Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2230, Pub. L. 108-386, § 5; Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2021, 2028, 2041, Pub. L. 109-356, §§ 101(b), 121(a), 305(b); July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(e), 60 DCR 1724; July 29, 2016, D.C. Law 21-142, 63 DCR 8786.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-304.

1973 Ed., § 47-224.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.04, § 1-204.45a, § 1-204.46a, § 1-204.46b, § 1-204.67, § 1-204.71, § 1-204.72, § 1-204.75, § 1-204.83, § 1-204.90, § 1-204.102, § 1-301.86, § 1-301.115a, § 1-722, § 1-907.03, § 1-1001.16, § 1-1162.07, § 1-1163.27, § 7-751.15a, § 7-1617, § 7-2332, § 7-3004, § 24-106, § 31-3171.03, § 34-2152, § 38-2652, § 47-317.03a, § 47-392.02, § 47-392.08, § 47-392.21, § 47-396.01, and § 47-398.03.

Effect of Amendments

Section 160(a)(2) of Public Law 106-522 inserted a reference to subsec. (i) (3) in § 1-204.90.

Pub. L. 108-386, substituted “56” for “50”.

Pub. L. 109-356 made a technical correction to Pub. L. 108-386 by substituting “The Council, within 56 calendar days after receipt of the budget proposal from the Mayor,” for “The Council, within 50 calendar days after receipt of the budget proposal from the Mayor,” in the first sentence; and, in the second sentence, inserted references to §§ 1-204.46a and 1-204.46b.

D.C. Law 19-321 rewrote this section.

Cross References

Borrowing, bond anticipation notes, see § 1-204.75.

Borrowing, payment of bonds and notes, see § 1-204.83.

Borrowing, revenue bonds and other obligations, see § 1-204.90.

Council, legislative procedures, see § 1-204.12.

Council, powers and duties, see § 1-204.04.

District convention center and sports arena authorization, appropriation necessary for arena preconstruction activities, see § 47-398.03.

District convention center and sports arena authorization, expenditure of revenues for activities, see § 47-396.01.

Elections, initiatives and referenda, see § 1-1001.16.

Financial plan and budget, process for submission and approval, see § 47-392.02.

Financial plan and budget, special rules for fiscal year 1996, see § 47-392.08.

Financial responsibility and management assistance authority, duties during year other than control year, see § 47-392.21.

Financing of retirement benefits, calculation of District payment to funds, see § 1-907.03.

Financing of retirement benefits, federal and District payments, determination, certification, see § 1-722.

Prison system, transfer to federal authority, expenditure of funds to carry out certain sewage agreements, see § 24-106.

Procurement organization, office of the inspector general, powers and duties, reports, see § 1-301.115a.

Public school funding, hearings, see § 38-917.

Self-government, initiatives and referenda, procedure, see § 1-204.102.

Water and sewer authority, budget, see § 1-204.45a.

Effective Dates

Section 9 of Pub. L. 108-386, 118 Stat. 2228, the 2004 District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act, provided: “The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.”

Section 121(b) of Pub. L. 109-356 provided that the amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the 2004 District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act [Pub. L. 108-386].

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Budget Legislation

For adopted, as a request to Congress for appropriation and authorization, the federal portion of the budget of the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, see Fiscal Year 2019 Local Budget Act of 2018, D.C. Act 22-423; July 20, 2018, 0 DCR 0).

For approval and adoption of expenditure levels as the local portion of the budget for the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, see the Fiscal Year 2018 Local Budget Act of 2017, effective August 28, 2017 (D.C. Law 22-16; 64 DCR 9325).

For adoption of a request to Congress for appropriation and authorization, the following federal portion of the budget of the government of the District of Columbia for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, see the Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Portion Budget Request Act of 2017, effective July 10, 2017, (D.C. Act 22-98; 64 DCR 6576).

For Fiscal Year 2017 Local Budget Act of 2016, see D.C. Law 21-142.


§ 1–204.46a. Permitting increase in amount appropriated as local funds during a fiscal year.

(a) In General. — Notwithstanding the fourth sentence of § 1-204.46, to account for an unanticipated growth of revenue collections, the amount appropriated as District of Columbia funds under budget approved by Act of Congress as provided in such section may be increased —

(1) by an aggregate amount of not more than 25 percent, in the case of amounts allocated under the budget as “Other-Type Funds”; and

(2) by an aggregate amount of not more than 6 percent, in the case of any other amounts allocated under the budget.

(b) Conditions. — The District of Columbia may obligate and expend any increase in the amount of funds authorized under this section only in accordance with the following conditions:

(1) The Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia shall certify —

(A) the increase in revenue; and

(B) that the use of the amounts is not anticipated to have a negative impact on the long-term financial, fiscal, or economic health of the District.

(2) The amounts shall be obligated and expended in accordance with laws enacted by the Council of the District of Columbia in support of each such obligation and expenditure, consistent with any other requirements under law.

(3) The amounts may not be used to fund any agencies of the District government operating under court-ordered receivership.

(4) The amounts may not be obligated or expended unless the Mayor has notified the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate, the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate not fewer than 30 days in advance of the obligation or expenditure.

(c) Effective Date. — This section shall apply with respect to fiscal years 2006 through 2007.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 801, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 446a; as added Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2020, Pub. L. 109-356, § 101(a).)

Editor's Notes

For additional similar authority, see § 47-369.02.


§ 1–204.46b. Acceptance of grant amounts not included in annual budget.

(a) Authority to accept, obligate, and expend amounts. — Notwithstanding § 1-204.46(c), the Mayor, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia may accept, obligate, and expend Federal, private, and other grants received by the District government that are not reflected in the budget as provided in such section.

(b) Conditions. —

(1) Role of chief financial officer; approval by council. — No Federal, private, or other grant may be accepted, obligated, or expended pursuant to subsection (a) until —

(A) the Chief Financial Officer submits to the Council a report setting forth detailed information regarding such grant; and

(B) the Council has reviewed and approved the acceptance, obligation, and expenditure of such grant.

(2) Deemed approval by council. — For purposes of paragraph (1)(B) of this subsection, the Council shall be deemed to have reviewed and approved the acceptance, obligation, and expenditure of a grant if —

(A) no written notice of disapproval is filed with the Secretary of the Council within 14 calendar days of the receipt of the report from the Chief Financial Officer under paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection; or

(B) if such a notice of disapproval is filed within such deadline, the Council does not by resolution disapprove the acceptance, obligation, or expenditure of the grant within 30 calendar days of the initial receipt of the report from the Chief Financial Officer under paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection.

(c) No obligation or expenditure permitted in anticipation of receipt or approval. — No amount may be obligated or expended from the general fund or other funds of the District of Columbia government in anticipation of the approval or receipt of a grant under subsection (b)(2) or in anticipation of the approval or receipt of a Federal, private, or other grant not subject to such subsection.

(d) Adjustments to annual budget. — The Chief Financial Officer may adjust the budget for Federal, private, and other grants received by the District government reflected in the amounts provided in the budget approved by Act of Congress under § 1-204.46, or approved and received under subsection (b)(2) to reflect a change in the actual amount of the grant.

(e) Reports. — The Chief Financial Officer shall prepare a quarterly report setting forth detailed information regarding all Federal, private, and other grants subject to this section. Each such report shall be submitted to the Council and to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and Senate not later than 15 days after the end of the quarter covered by the report.

(f) Effective date. — This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2006 and each succeeding fiscal year.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 801, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 446b; as added Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2040, Pub. L. 109-356, § 305(a); Mar. 11, 2009, 123 Stat. 696, Pub. L. 111-8, § 808(a); July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(f), 60 DCR 1724.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.46 and § 44-951.06.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 111-8, in subsec. (f), substituted “fiscal year 2006 and each succeeding fiscal year” for “fiscal years 2006 through 2008.”

D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “§ 1-204.46(c)” for “the fourth sentence of § 1-204.46” in (a); and deleted “approved by Act of Congress” following “budget” in (a).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of (a), see § 2(f) of the Local Budget Autonomy Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-566, January 7, 2013, 59 DCR 15061, applicable as of January 1, 2014, and effective as provided in § 1-203.03.

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Section 808(b) of Pub. L. 111-8 provided that the amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the 2005 District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act Pub. L. 109-356.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Additional Functions to the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services; Grantmaking Made Subject to Policies and Procedures Contained in City-Wide Grants Manual and Sourcebook; Establishment of Grantmaking Procedure Waiver Committee, see Mayor’s Order 2009-228, January 8, 2010 ( 57 DCR 530).

Delegation of Authority to the Child and Family Services Agency under section 601(d) of the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Act of 1977, see Mayor’s Order 2010-185, December 27, 2010 ( 58 DCR 153).


§ 1–204.47. Consistency of budget, accounting, and personnel systems.

The Mayor shall implement appropriate procedures to insure that budget, accounting, and personnel control systems and structures are synchronized for budgeting and control purposes on a continuing basis. No employee shall be hired on a full-time or part-time basis unless such position is authorized by act of the Council (or Act of Congress, in the case of a year which is a control year). Employees shall be assigned in accordance with the program, organization, and fund categories specified in the act of the Council (or Act of Congress, in the case of a year which is a control year) authorizing such position. Hiring of temporary employees and temporary employee transfers among programs shall be consistent with applicable acts of the Council (or Acts of Congress, in the case of a year which is a control year) and reprogramming procedures to insure that costs are accurately associated with programs and sources of funding.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 801, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 447; July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(g), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-305.

1973 Ed., § 47-225.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-375.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “act of the Council (or Act of Congress, in the case of a year which is a control year)” for “Act of Congress,” and “acts of the Council (or Acts of Congress, in the case of a year which is a control year)” for “Acts of Congress” throughout the section.

Cross References

Fund accounting, duties of Mayor, see § 47-375.

Sports and entertainment commission, public or private bond sales, see § 3-1413.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary amendment of section, see § 2(g) of the Local Budget Autonomy Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-566, January 7, 2013, 59 DCR 15061, applicable as of January 1, 2014, and effective as provided in § 1-203.03.

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.


§ 1–204.48. Financial duties of the Mayor.

(a) Subject to the limitations in § 1-206.03 and except to the extent provided under § 1-204.24d, the Mayor shall have charge of the administration of the financial affairs of the District and to that end he shall:

(1) Supervise and be responsible for all financial transactions to insure adequate control of revenues and resources and to insure that appropriations are not exceeded;

(2) Maintain systems of accounting and internal control designed to provide:

(A) Full disclosure of the financial results of the District government’s activities;

(B) Adequate financial information needed by the District government for management purposes;

(C) Effective control over and accountability for all funds, property, and other assets;

(D) Reliable accounting results to serve as the basis for preparing and supporting agency budget requests and controlling the execution of the budget;

(3) Submit to the Council a financial statement in any detail and at such times as the Council may specify;

(4) Submit to the Council, by February 1st of each fiscal year, a complete financial statement and report for the preceding fiscal year, as audited by the Inspector General of the District of Columbia in accordance with subsection (c) of this section in the case of fiscal years 2006 through 2008;

(5) Supervise and be responsible for the assessment of all property subject to assessment and special assessments within the corporate limits of the District for taxation, prepare tax maps, and give such notice of taxes and special assessments, as may be required by law;

(6) Supervise and be responsible for the levying and collection of all taxes, special assessments, license fees, and other revenues of the District, as required by law, and receive all moneys receivable by the District from the Federal Government or from any agency or instrumentality of the District, except that this paragraph shall not apply to moneys from the District of Columbia Courts.

(7) Have custody of all public funds belonging to or under the control of the District, or any agency of the District government, and deposit all funds coming into his hands, in such depositories as may be designated and under such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by act of the Council;

(8) Have custody of all investments and invested funds of the District government, or in possession of such government in a fiduciary capacity, and have the safekeeping of all bonds and notes of the District and the receipt and delivery of District bonds and notes for transfer, registration, or exchange; and

(9) Apportion the total of all appropriations and funds made available during the fiscal year for obligation so as to prevent obligation or expenditure thereof in a manner which would indicate a necessity for deficiency or supplemental appropriations for such fiscal year, and with respect to all appropriations or funds not limited to a definite period, and all authorizations to create obligations by contract in advance of appropriations, apportion the total of such appropriations or funds or authorizations so as to achieve the most effective and economical use thereof.

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the Mayor may make any payments required by subsection (b) or subsection (c) [repealed] of § 1-204.83 and take any actions authorized by an act of the Council under § 1-204.67(b) or under subsection (a)(4)(A), or subsection (e), of § 1-204.90.

(c) The financial statement and report for a fiscal year prepared and submitted for purposes of subsection (a)(4) of this section shall be audited by the Inspector General of the District of Columbia (in coordination with the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia) pursuant to § 1-301.115a(a)(4), and shall include as a basic financial statement a comparison of audited actual year-end results with the revenues submitted in the budget document for such year and the appropriations enacted into law for such year using the format, terminology, and classifications contained in the law making the appropriations for the year and its legislative history.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 801, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 448; Oct. 13, 1977, 91 Stat. 1155, Pub. L. 95-131, § 2; Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 3; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 753, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11243(b); Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2036, 2041, Pub. L. 109-356, §§ 201(b)(1), 306.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-310.

1973 Ed., § 47-226.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.24d, § 1-301.115a, § 47-306, § 47-371, § 47-375, and § 47-392.09.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 109-356, in the introductory language of subsec. (a), inserted “and except to the extent provided under § 1-204.24d”; in subsec. (a)(4), inserted “, as audited by the Inspector General of the District of Columbia in accordance with subsection (c) of this section in the case of fiscal years 2006 through 2008;”; and added subsec. (c).

Cross References

Financial plan and budget, control periods described, see § 47-392.09.

Fund accounting, Council findings, see § 47-371.

Fund accounting, duties of Mayor, see § 47-375.

Mayor, powers and duties, see § 1-204.22.

Mayor, proposed revenue measures, submission of impact statement, see § 1-301.61.

Procurement organization, office of the inspector general, powers and duties, reports, see § 1-301.115a.

Editor's Notes

Apportionment of Fiscal Year 1989 appropriations: See Mayor’s Memorandum 89-14, May 12, 1989.

Authority of Mayor to contract with private financial institutions: See §§ 701 to 703 of the Act of June 15, 1976, D.C. Law 1-70.

Furloughing of employees: See Mayor’s Order 96-72, May 22, 1996 ( 43 DCR 2919).


§ 1–204.49. Accounting supervision and control.

Except to the extent provided under § 1-204.24d, the Mayor shall:

(1) Prescribe the forms of receipts, vouchers, bills, and claims to be used by all the agencies, offices, and instrumentalities of the District government;

(2) Examine and approve all contracts, orders, and other documents by which the District government incurs financial obligations, having previously ascertained that money has been appropriated and allotted and will be available when the obligations shall become due and payable;

(3) Audit and approve before payment all bills, invoices, payrolls, and other evidences of claims, demands, or charges against the District government and with the advice of the legal officials of the District determine the regularity, legality, and correctness of such claims, demands, or charges; and

(4) Perform internal audits of accounts and operations and agency records of the District government, including the examination of any accounts or records of financial transactions, giving due consideration to the effectiveness of accounting systems, internal control, and related administrative practices of the respective agencies.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 802, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 449; Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2036, Pub. L. 109-356, § 201(b)(2).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-312.

1973 Ed., § 47-227.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-605.02 and § 47-375.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 109-356, in the introductory language, inserted “Except to the extent provided under § 1-204.24d,”.

Cross References

Procurement, limitation of contracting authority, see § 2-301.05.

Public employee relations board, powers and duties, see § 1-605.02.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Contracting Authority, see Mayor’s Order 92-153, December 1, 1992.

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 90-178, Delegation of Contracting Authority: See Mayor’s Order 95-45, March 23, 1995.

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 90-178, Delegation of Contracting Authority: See Mayor’s Order 96-136, September 9, 1996 ( 43 DCR 5043).

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 90-178, Delegation of Contracting Authority: See Mayor’s Order 96-152, October 17, 1996 ( 43 DCR 5855).

Contracting authority for Year 2000 remediation contracts, see Mayor’s Order 99-54, March 5, 1999 ( 46 DCR 2831).

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 90-178, Delegation of Contracting Authority; Delegation of Personnel Authority; and Establishment of Position of Administrator in the Commission on Mental Health Services: See Mayor’s Order 96-172, December 9, 1996 ( 43 DCR 6973).

Amendment of Mayor’s Order 96-172, Establishing Position of Administrator in the Commission on Mental Health Services; Appointment of Interim Administrator; Duties of Administrator: See Mayor’s Order 97-6, January 9, 1997 ( 44 DCR 357).


§ 1–204.50. General and special funds.

The General Fund of the District shall be composed of those District revenues which on January 2, 1975 are paid into the Treasury of the United States and credited either to the General Fund of the District or its miscellaneous receipts, but shall not include any revenues which are applied by law to any special fund existing on January 2, 1975. The Council may from time to time establish such additional special funds as may be necessary for the efficient operation of the government of the District. All money received by any agency, officer, or employee of the District in its or his official capacity shall belong to the District government and shall be paid promptly to the Mayor for deposit in the appropriate fund, except that all money received by the District of Columbia Courts shall be deposited in the Treasury of the United States or the Crime Victims Fund.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 803, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 450; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 753, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11243(c).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-130.

1973 Ed., § 47-130b.

Editor's Notes

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-202 apply to this section.

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”


§ 1–204.50a. Reserve funds.

(a) Emergency reserve fund. —

(1) In general. — There is established an emergency cash reserve fund (“emergency reserve fund”) as an interest-bearing account (separate from other accounts in the General Fund) into which the Mayor shall make a deposit in cash not later than October 1 of each fiscal year of such an amount as may be required to maintain a balance in the fund of at least 2 percent of the operating expenditures as defined in paragraph (2) of this subsection or such amount as may be required for deposit in a fiscal year in which the District is replenishing the emergency reserve fund pursuant to paragraph (7) of this subsection.

(2) “Operating expenditures” defined. — For the purpose of this subsection, operating expenditures is defined as the amount reported in the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year immediately preceding the current fiscal year as the actual operating expenditure from local funds, less such amounts that are attributed to debt service payments for which a separate reserve fund is already established under this chapter.

(3) Interest. — Interest earned on the emergency reserve fund shall remain in the account and shall only be withdrawn in accordance with paragraph (4) of this subsection.

(4) Criteria for use of amounts in emergency reserve fund. — The Chief Financial Officer, in consultation with the Mayor, shall develop a policy to govern the emergency reserve fund which shall include (but which may not be limited to) the following requirements:

(A) The emergency reserve fund may be used to provide for unanticipated and nonrecurring extraordinary needs of an emergency nature, including a natural disaster or calamity as defined by section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 100-707) or unexpected obligations by Federal law.

(B) The emergency reserve fund may also be used in the event of a State of Emergency as declared by the Mayor pursuant to § 7-2304.

(C) The emergency reserve fund may not be used to fund:

(i) Any department, agency, or office of the Government of the District of Columbia which is administered by a receiver or other official appointed by a court;

(ii) Shortfalls in any projected reductions which are included in the budget proposed by the District of Columbia for the fiscal year; or

(iii) Settlements and judgments made by or against the Government of the District of Columbia.

(5) Allocation of emergency cash reserve funds. — Funds may be allocated from the emergency reserve fund only after:

(A) An analysis has been prepared by the Chief Financial Officer of the availability of other sources of funding to carry out the purposes of the allocation and the impact of such allocation on the balance and integrity of the emergency reserve fund; and

(B) With respect to fiscal years beginning with fiscal year 2005, the contingency reserve fund established by subsection (b) of this section has been projected by the Chief Financial Officer to be exhausted at the time of the allocation.

(6) Notice. — The Mayor, the Council, and (in the case of a fiscal year which is a control year, as defined in § 47-393(4)) the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority shall notify the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives in writing not more than 30 days after the expenditure of funds from the emergency reserve fund.

(7) Replenishment. —

(A) In general. — The District of Columbia shall appropriate sufficient funds each fiscal year in the budget process to replenish any amounts allocated from the emergency reserve fund during the preceding fiscal years so that not less than 50 percent of any amount allocated in the preceding fiscal year or the amount necessary to restore the emergency reserve fund to the 2 percent required balance, whichever is less, is replenished by the end of the first fiscal year following each such allocation and 100 percent of the amount allocated or the amount necessary to restore the emergency reserve fund to the 2 percent required balance, whichever is less, is replenished by the end of the second fiscal year following each such allocation.

(B) Special rule for replenishment after allocation for cash flow management. —

(i) In general. — If the District allocates amounts from the emergency reserve fund during a fiscal year for cash flow management purposes pursuant to the authority of subsection (c) of this section and at any time afterwards during the year makes a subsequent allocation from the fund for purposes of this subsection, and if as a result of the subsequent allocation the balance of the fund is reduced to an amount which is less than 50 percent of the balance of the fund as of the first day of the fiscal year, the District shall replenish the fund by such amount as may be required to restore the balance to an amount which is equal to 50 percent of the balance of the fund as of the first day of the fiscal year.

(ii) Deadline. — The District shall carry out any replenishment required under sub-subparagraph (i) of this subparagraph as a result of a subsequent allocation described in such sub-subparagraph not later than the expiration of the 60-day period which begins on the date of the subsequent allocation.

(b) Contingency reserve fund. —

(1) In general. — There is established a contingency cash reserve fund (“contingency reserve fund”) as an interest-bearing account, separate from other accounts in the General Fund, into which the Mayor shall make a deposit in cash not later than October 1 of each fiscal year of such amount as may be required to maintain a balance in the fund of at least 4 percent of the operating expenditures as defined in paragraph (2) of this subsection or such amount as may be required for deposit in a fiscal year in which the District is replenishing the emergency reserve fund pursuant to paragraph (6) of this subsection.

(2) “Operating expenditures” defined. — For the purpose of this subsection, operating expenditures is defined as the amount reported in the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year immediately preceding the current fiscal year as the actual operating expenditure from local funds, less such amounts that are attributed to debt service payments for which a separate reserve fund is already established under this chapter.

(3) Interest. — Interest earned on the contingency reserve fund shall remain in the account and may only be withdrawn in accordance with paragraph (4) of this section.

(4) Criteria for use of amounts in contingency reserve fund. — The Chief Financial Officer, in consultation with the Mayor, shall develop a policy governing the use of the contingency reserve fund which shall include (but which may not be limited to) the following requirements:

(A) The contingency reserve fund may only be used to provide for nonrecurring or unforeseen needs that arise during the fiscal year, including expenses associated with unforeseen weather or other natural disasters, unexpected obligations created by Federal law or new public safety or health needs or requirements that have been identified after the budget process has occurred, or opportunities to achieve cost savings.

(B) The contingency reserve fund may be used, if needed, to cover revenue shortfalls experienced by the District government for 3 consecutive months (based on a 2 month rolling average) that are 5 percent or more below the budget forecast.

(C) The contingency reserve fund may not be used to fund any shortfalls in any projected reductions which are included in the budget proposed by the District of Columbia for the fiscal year.

(5) Allocation of contingency cash reserve. — Funds may be allocated from the contingency reserve fund only after an analysis has been prepared by the Chief Financial Officer of the availability of other sources of funding to carry out the purposes of the allocation and the impact of such allocation on the balance and integrity of the contingency reserve fund.

(6) Replenishment. —

(A) In general. — The District of Columbia shall appropriate sufficient funds each fiscal year in the budget process to replenish any amounts allocated from the contingency reserve fund during the preceding fiscal years so that not less than 50 percent of any amount allocated in the preceding fiscal year or the amount necessary to restore the contingency reserve fund to the 4 percent required balance, whichever is less, is replenished by the end of the first fiscal year following each such allocation and 100 percent of the amount allocated or the amount necessary to restore the contingency reserve fund to the 4 percent required balance, whichever is less, is replenished by the end of the second fiscal year following each such allocation.

(B) Special rule for replenishment after allocation for cash flow management. —

(i) In general. — If the District allocates amounts from the contingency reserve fund during a fiscal year for cash flow management purposes pursuant to the authority of subsection (c) of this section and at any time afterwards during the year makes a subsequent allocation from the fund for purposes of this subsection, and if as a result of the subsequent allocation the balance of the fund is reduced to an amount which is less than 50 percent of the balance of the fund as of the first day of the fiscal year, the District shall replenish the fund by such amount as may be required to restore the balance to an amount which is equal to 50 percent of the balance of the fund as of the first day of the fiscal year.

(ii) Deadline. — The District shall carry out any replenishment required under sub-subparagraph (i) of this subparagraph as a result of a subsequent allocation described in such sub-subparagraph not later than the expiration of the 60-day period which begins on the date of the subsequent allocation.

(c) Additional authority to allocate amounts. —

(1) In general. — Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, in addition to the authority provided under this section to allocate and use amounts from the emergency reserve fund under subsection (a) of this section and the contingency reserve fund under subsection (b) of this section, the District of Columbia may allocate amounts from such funds during a fiscal year and use such amounts for cash flow management purposes.

(2) Limits on amount allocated. —

(A) Amount of individual allocation. — The amount of an allocation made from the emergency reserve fund or the contingency reserve fund pursuant to the authority of this subsection may not exceed 50 percent of the balance of the fund involved at the time the allocation is made.

(B) Aggregate amount allocated. — The aggregate amount allocated from the emergency reserve fund or the contingency reserve fund pursuant to the authority of this subsection during a fiscal year may not exceed 50 percent of the balance of the fund involved as of the first day of such fiscal year.

(3) Replenishment. — If the District of Columbia allocates any amounts from a reserve fund pursuant to the authority of this subsection during a fiscal year, the District shall fully replenish the fund for the amounts allocated not later than the earlier of —

(A) the expiration of the 9-month period which begins on the date the allocation is made; or

(B) the last day of the fiscal year.

(4) Effective date. — This subsection shall apply with respect to fiscal years 2006 through 2007.

(d) Quarterly reports. — The Chief Financial Officer shall submit a quarterly report to the Mayor, the Council, the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (in the case of a fiscal year which is a control year, as defined in § 47-393(4)), and the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives that includes a monthly statement on the balance and activities of the contingency and emergency reserve funds.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 803, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 450A; as added Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 159(a)(1); Dec. 21, 2001, 107 Stat. 956, Pub. L. 107-96, § 133(d); Oct. 18, 2004, 118 Stat. 1345, Pub. L. 108-335, § 332; Oct. 16, 2006, 120 Stat. 2021, 2028, Pub. L. 109-356, §§ 102, 122(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-130.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.50b, § 1-301.152, § 47-369.03, and § 47-392.02.

Effect of Amendments

Pub. L. 107-96 rewrote subsec. (b)(1) which had read as follows: “(1) In general.—There is established a contingency cash reserve fund (in this subsection referred to as the ‘contingency reserve fund’) as an interest-bearing account (separate from other accounts in the General Fund) into which the Mayor shall deposit in cash not later than October 1 of each fiscal year (beginning with fiscal year 2005) such amount as may be required to maintain a balance in the fund of at least 3 percent of the total budget appropriated for operating expenditures for such fiscal year which is derived from local funds (or, in the case of fiscal years prior to fiscal year 2007, such amount as may be required to maintain a balance in the fund of at least the minimum contingency reserve balance for such fiscal year, as determined under paragraph (2) of this subsection).”

Pub. L. 108-335 rewrote pars. (1), (2), and (7) of subsec. (a), and rewrote pars. (1), (2), and (6) of subsec. (b).

Pub. L. 109-356, in the heading of subsecs. (a)(2) and (b)(2), substituted “Operating expenditures defined” for “In general”; in subsec. (a)(7), designated subpar. (A) and added subpar. (B); in subsec. (b)(6), designated subpar. (A) and added subpar. (B); redesignated former subsec. (c) as subsec. (d); and inserted a new subsec. (c).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) Revised Revenue Contingency List Act of 2017, see see § 7102 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017, effective October 24, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167; 64 DCR 10802)

For temporary (90 days) amendment to the Revised Revenue Contingency List Act of 2017, see § 201(c) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-163, Oct. 23, 2017, 64 DCR 10778).

For temporary (90 day) Revised Revenue Contingency List Act of 2017, see see § 7102 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017, effective July 20, 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104; 64 DCR 7032)

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 102 of Fiscal Year 2009 Balanced Budget Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2008 (D.C. Act 17-572, December 2, 2008, 55 DCR 12452).

For temporary (90 day) detail of purpose of expenditures, see § 2 of Use of the Reserve Funds Omnibus Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-360, April 30, 2002, 49 DCR 4724).

For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 103 of Fiscal Year 2009 Balanced Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-13, February 23, 2009, 56 DCR 1920).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment to the Revised Revenue Contingency List Act of 2017, see § 203(b) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Law 22-44, Jan. 25, 2018, 64 DCR 12387).

Section 103 of D.C. Law 17-326 added provisions to read as follows:

“Sec. 103. Operating Cash Reserve fund; establishment.

“(a) The Chief Financial Officer shall create a special fund designated as the Operating Cash Reserve (’OCR’) fund into which $46 million in fiscal year 2009 shall be designated for the following purposes:

“(1) An amount of $15.491 million from the Department of Housing and Community Development for the following programs:

“(A) An amount of $11 million to expand down-payment assistance for over 500 first-time home buyers;

“(B) An amount of $592,000 for nonpersonal services for the Housing Regulation Administration; and

“(C) An amount of $3.899 million to create a land-acquisition fund for direct investment in affordable housing development projects.

“(2) An amount of $7.129 million from the Department of Human Services for Housing First wrap-around services and supportive housing for at-risk homeless;

“(3) An amount of $200,000 from the Department of Public Works for the following programs:

“(A) An amount of $100,000 for the Anti-Graffiti Mural Support Program Fund; and

“(B) An amount of $100,000 for the anti-graffiti paint to be used in conjunction with alley-cutback and graffiti removal programs;

“(4) An amount of $9 million from the Pay-As-You-Go Capital Fund for the following programs:

“(A) An amount of $500,000 for the creation of a nonlapsing fund for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Enhancement Fund;

“(B) An amount of $3.2 million to the Department of Housing and Community Development for Home Again;

“(C) An amount of $4.5 million to the Department of Human Services for the case-management system;

“(D) An amount of $400,000 to the District Department of Transportation for repair and maintenance to curbs, sidewalks, and alleys, and Square 394/lot 59 paving and drainage in the easement; and

“(E) An amount of $400,000 to the District Department of Transportation for repair and maintenance to curbs and sidewalks from the prior year carryover;

“(5) An amount of $3.557 million from the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for the following programs:

“(A) An amount of $2.279 million to expand the New Communities human capital;

“(B) An amount of $588,000 to develop a database for tracking the affordable-housing pipeline;

“(C) An amount of $500,000 to the Ward 4 BID Demonstration Project and capital improvement grants to businesses on Georgia Avenue and Kennedy Street, N.W.; and

“(D) An amount of $190,000 to the Ward 4 BID Demonstration Project and capital improvements to Georgia Avenue in Ward 1;

“(6) An amount of $442,000 from the District of Columbia Public Library to upgrade branch library furniture, fixtures, and equipment;

“(7) An amount of $191,000 from the Department of Health to perform a feasibility analysis of residential substance abuse treatment facilities; and

“(8) An amount of $10 million from the Committee on Health to be used for the Health Programs Contingency Fund reserved for health-related one-time expenditure needs from savings identified by the Committee on Health.

“(b)(1) In fiscal year 2009, no funds shall be transferred from the OCR fund until release of the February revised revenue estimate and approval by Counsel of the use of the OCR funds.

“(2) The Council shall approve by act the use of OCR funds.

“(c) Following fiscal year 2009:

“(1) The amount of $46 million shall be placed into the OCR fund in fiscal year 2010;

“(2) The amount of $48 million shall be placed into the OCR fund in fiscal year 2011; and

“(3) The amount of $50 million shall be placed into the OCR fund in fiscal year 2012.”

Section 402(b) of D.C. Law 17-326 provided that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.

Effective Dates

Section 122(b) of Pub. L. 109-356 provided that the amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the District of Columbia Appropriation Act, 2005 Pub. L. 108-335.

Editor's Notes

For amendments to the Revised Revenue Contingency List Act of 2017, see section 203(b) of D.C. Law 22-124. Section 301 of D.C. Law 22-124 provided that the changes made to this section by D.C. Law 22-124 shall apply as of October 1, 2017.

For Revised Revenue Contingency List Act of 2017, see section 7102 of D.C. Law 22-33.

Section 404(c) of Chapter 4 of Division A of H.R. 5666 provided:

“(c)(1) The Mayor of the District of Columbia shall deposit the annual interest savings resulting from debt reductions using the proceeds of the tobacco securitization program into the emergency reserve fund established under section 450A of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (as added by section 159 of the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2001).

“(2) This subsection shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2001 and each succeeding fiscal year until the requirements of section 450A of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act have been met.”


§ 1–204.50b. Comprehensive Financial Management Policy.

(a) Comprehensive Financial Management Policy. — The District of Columbia shall conduct its financial management in accordance with a comprehensive financial management policy.

(b) Contents of Policy. — The comprehensive financial management policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) A cash management policy.

(2) A debt management policy.

(3) A financial asset management policy.

(4) An emergency reserve management policy in accordance with § 1-204.50a(a).

(5) A contingency reserve management policy in accordance with section § 1-204.50a(b).

(6) A policy for determining real property tax exemptions for the District of Columbia.

(c) Annual Review. — The comprehensive financial management policy shall be reviewed at the end of each fiscal year by the Chief Financial Officer who shall:

(1) Not later than July 1 of each year, submit any proposed changes in the policy to the Mayor and (in the case of a fiscal year which is a control year, as defined in § 47-393(4)) the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority (Authority) for review;

(2) Not later than August 1 of each year, after consideration of any comments received under paragraph (1) of this subsection, submit the changes to the Council of the District of Columbia (Council) for approval; and

(3) Not later than September 1 of each year, notify the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate of any changes enacted by the Council.

(d) Procedure for Development of First Comprehensive Financial Management Policy. —

(1) Chief Financial Officer. — Not later than April 1, 2001, the Chief Financial Officer shall submit to the Mayor an initial proposed comprehensive financial management policy for the District of Columbia pursuant to this section.

(2) Council. — Following review and comment by the Mayor, not later than May 1, 2001, the Chief Financial Officer shall submit the proposed financial management policy to the Council for its prompt review and adoption.

(3) Authority. — Upon adoption of the financial management policy under paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Council shall immediately submit the policy to the Authority for a review of not to exceed 30 days.

(4) Congress. — Following review of the financial management policy by the Authority under paragraph (3) of this subsection, the Authority shall submit the policy to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives, the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate for review, and the policy shall take effect 30 days after the date the policy is submitted under this paragraph.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 803, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 450B; as added Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 154(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-130.2.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) approval of financial management policy, see § 2 of FY 2001 Comprehensive Financial Management Policy Approval Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-342, April 26, 2002, 49 DCR 4293).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 1802 of Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-453, July 23, 2002, 49 DCR 8026).

Short Title

Short title of title XVIII of Law 14-190: Section 1801 of D.C. Law 14-190 provided that title XVIII of the act may be cited as the FY 2002 Comprehensive Financial Management Policy Approval Act of 2002.

Editor's Notes

Section 154 (c) of Public Law 106-522 provided: “This section and the amendments made by this section shall take effect on October 1, 2000.”

Section 1802 of D.C. Law 14-190 provided: “Pursuant to section 450B of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved November 22, 2000 (114 Stat. 2475; D.C. Official Code § 1-204.50b), the Council hereby approves the FY 2002 Comprehensive Financial Management Policy approved by the Mayor and transmitted to the Council on March 18, 2002.”


§ 1–204.51. Special rules regarding certain contracts.

(a) Contracts extending beyond one year. — No contract involving expenditures out of an appropriation which is available for more than 1 year shall be made for a period of more than 5 years unless, with respect to a particular contract, the Council, by a two-thirds vote of its members present and voting, authorizes the extension of such period for such contract. Such contracts shall be made pursuant to criteria established by act of the Council.

(b) Contracts exceeding certain amount.. —

(1) In general. — No contract involving expenditures in excess of $1,000,000 during a 12-month period may be made unless the Mayor submits the contract to the Council for its approval and the Council approves the contract (in accordance with criteria established by act of the Council).

(2) Deemed approval. — For purposes of paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Council shall be deemed to approve a contract if —

(A) during the 10-day period beginning on the date the Mayor submits the contract to the Council, no member of the Council introduces a resolution approving or disapproving the contract; or

(B) during the 45-calendar day period beginning on the date the Mayor submits the contract to the Council, the Council does not disapprove the contract.

(c) Multiyear contracts. —

(1) The District may enter into multiyear contracts to obtain goods and services for which funds would otherwise be available for obligation only within the fiscal year for which appropriated.

(2) If the funds are not made available for the continuation of such a contract into a subsequent fiscal year, the contract shall be cancelled or terminated, and the cost of cancellation or termination may be paid from —

(A) appropriations originally available for the performance of the contract concerned;

(B) appropriations currently available for procurement of the type of acquisition covered by the contract, and not otherwise obligated; or

(C) funds appropriated for those payments.

(3) No contract entered into under this subsection shall be valid unless the Mayor submits the contract to the Council for its approval and the Council approves the contract (in accordance with criteria established by act of the Council). The Council shall be required to take affirmative action to approve the contract within 45 days. If no action is taken to approve the contract within 45 calendar days, the contract shall be deemed disapproved.

(d) Exemption for certain contracts. — The requirements of this section shall not apply with respect to any of the following contracts:

(1) Any contract entered into by the Washington Convention Center Authority for preconstruction activities, project management, design, or construction.

(2) Any contract entered into by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority established pursuant to the Water and Sewer Authority Establishment and Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996 [D.C. Law 11-111], other than contracts for the sale or lease of the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant.

(3) At the option of the Council, any contract for a highway improvement project carried out under title 23, United States Code.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 803, Pub. L. 93 198, title IV, § 451; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 151, Pub. L. 104 8, § 304(a); Apr. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 1321-92, Pub. L. 104 134, § 134; Sept. 9, 1996, 110 Stat. 2376, Pub. L. 104 194, § 144; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 781, Pub. L. 105 33, § 11704(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1130.

1973 Ed., § 1-825.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.96, § 2-352.02, § 2-355.04, § 2-402, § 2-1553, § 4-1303.03, § 34-1731.03, § 34-2202.05, and § 44-951.11.

Cross References

Proposals to contract out services in excess of $1,000,000, review by the Council of the District of Columbia, see § 2-301.05d.

Water and Sewer Authority, approval of contract to privatize the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, see § 34-2202.05.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary approval of a multiyear contract with the United States of America for potable water from the Washington Aqueduct, see § 2 of the Multiyear Water Purchase Agreement Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-116, July 28, 1997, 44 DCR 4504).

References in Text

The “Water and Sewer Authority Establishment and Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996,” referred to in (d)(2), is D.C. Law 11-111, which is codified primarily as § 34-2201.01 et seq.

Editor's Notes

415 12th Street, N.W. lease approval: For temporary approval of the lease agreement between the District of Columbia government and Laszlo N. Tauber, M.D., and Associates for 415 12th Street, N.W., and for exemption of the lease from the formal competitive procurement requirements applicable to leases where the District government will be the predominant user of the building, see §§ 2 and 3 of the 415 12th Street, N.W., Lease Conditional Approval Emergency Act of 1995 (D.C. Act 11-140, July 19, 1995, 42 DCR 5606).

800 Ninth Street, S.W. lease approval: For temporary approval of a lease agreement between the District of Columbia government and NBL Associates Limited Partnership for 800 Ninth Street, S.W., and for exemption of this lease from the formal competitive procurement requirements applicable to leases where the District will be the predominant user of the building, see §§ 2 and 3 of the 800 Ninth Street, S.W., Lease Approval Emergency Act of 1995 (D.C. Act 11-141, October 6, 1995, 42 DCR 5704).

Applicability of § 304 of Pub. Law 104-8: Section 304(c) of Pub. Law 104-8, 109 Stat. 152, provided that the amendments made by that section shall apply to contracts made on or after the date of the enactment of the Act, April 17, 1995.

Application of § 11704(a) of Pub. L. 105-33: Section 11704(b) of Title XI of Pub. L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 786, the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, provided that the amendment made by § 11704(a) shall apply with respect to contracts entered into on or after the date of the enactment of this title. Title XI of Pub. L. 105-33 was approved August 5, 1997.

Definitions applicable: The definitions contained in § 1-202 apply to this section.

Resolutions

Resolution 13-166, the “Support Agreement No. 12, Amendment 4 (Authorization of Fiscal Year 1999 School Facility Capital Improvement Projects) Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective June 22, 1999.

Resolution 13-172, the “$3.1 Million Community Development Block Grant for the Greater Southeast Community Hospital Foundation Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective June 22, 1999.


§ 1–204.52. Annual budget for the Board of Education. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 803, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 452; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 116, Pub. L. 104-8, § 202(g)(2); Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2228, Pub. L. 108-386, § 2; June 1, 2007, 121 Stat. 223, Pub. L. 110-33, § 1(a)(1).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-104.

1973 Ed., § 31-104-1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-2651.

Emergency Legislation

For a proposed temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 352 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-105, June 20, 2003, 50 DCR 5613).

For a proposed temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 352 of Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-149, September 22, 2003, 50 DCR 8360).

Effective Dates

Section 9 of Pub. L. 108-386, 118 Stat. 2228, the 2004 District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act, provided: “The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.”

Editor's Notes

In sections 901 to 903 of Law 17-9 the Council of the District of Columbia requested that Congress repeal this section.

Section 353 of D.C. Law 15-39, as amended by D.C. Law 15-354, § 80, provided: “Section 352 of this subtitle shall take effect upon enactment into law by the United States Congress.” Public Law 108-386 represents the enactment of § 352 of D.C. Law 15-39.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to the District of Columbia Council and to a Commissioner of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 1–204.53. Reductions in budgets of independent agencies.

(a) In accordance with subsection (b) of this section and except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, the Mayor may reduce amounts appropriated or otherwise made available to independent agencies of the District of Columbia (including the Board of Education) for a fiscal year if the Mayor determines that it is necessary to reduce such amounts to balance the District’s budget for the fiscal year.

(b)(1) The Mayor may not make any reduction pursuant to subsection (a) of this section unless the Mayor submits a proposal to make such a reduction to the Council and the Council approves the proposal.

(2) A proposal submitted by the Mayor under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be deemed to be approved by the Council:

(A) If no member of the Council files a written objection to the proposal with the Secretary of the Council before the expiration of the 10-day period that begins on the date the Mayor submits the proposal; or

(B) If a member of the Council files such a written objection during the period described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, if the Council does not disapprove the proposal prior to the expiration of the 45-day period that begins on the date the member files the written objection.

(3) The periods described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (2) of this subsection shall not include any days which are days of recess for the Council (according to the Council’s rules).

(c) Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to amounts appropriated or otherwise made available to the Council, the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority established under § 47-391.01(a), or the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority established pursuant to § 34-2202.02.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 803, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 453; as added Aug. 17, 1991, Pub. L. 102-106, 105 Stat. 539, § 2; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 106, Pub. L. 104-8, § 106(a)(4); Aug. 6, 1996, 110 Stat. 1698, Pub. L. 104-184, § 4(b); Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 753, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11243(d); Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2187, Pub. L. 105-100, § 157(e)(1).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-304.1.

1981 Ed., § 31-104.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.96.

References in Text

The “Council’s rules,” referred to in (b)(3), are the Rules of Organization and Procedure for the Council of the District of Columbia which are set out as a note following § 1-204.04.

Effective Dates

Section 157(e)(1) of Pub. L. 105-100, 111 Stat. 2187, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1998, provided that the amendment is effective as if included in the enactment of Pub. L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 251, the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”


Subpart 2. Audits and Accountability Requirements.

§ 1–204.55. District of Columbia Auditor.

(a) There is established for the District of Columbia the Office of District of Columbia Auditor who shall be appointed by the Chairman, subject to the approval of a majority of the Council. The District of Columbia Auditor shall serve for a term of 6 years and shall be paid at a rate of compensation as may be established from time to time by the Council.

(b) The District of Columbia Auditor shall each year conduct a thorough audit of the accounts and operations of the government of the District in accordance with such principles and procedures and under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe. In the determination of the auditing procedures to be followed and the extent of the examination of vouchers and other documents and records, the District of Columbia Auditor shall give due regard to generally accepted principles of auditing including the effectiveness of the accounting organizations and systems, internal audit and control, and related administrative practices.

(c) The District of Columbia Auditor shall have access to all books, accounts, records, reports, findings and all other papers, things, or property belonging to or in use by any department, agency, or other instrumentality of the District government and necessary to facilitate the audit.

(d) The District of Columbia Auditor shall submit his audit reports to the Congress, the Mayor, and the Council. Such reports shall set forth the scope of the audits conducted by him and shall include such comments and information as the District of Columbia Auditor may deem necessary to keep the Congress, the Mayor, and the Council informed of the operations to which the reports relate, together with such recommendations with respect thereto as he may deem advisable.

(e) The Council shall make such report, together with such other material as it deems pertinent thereto, available for public inspection.

(f) The Mayor shall state in writing to the Council, within an appropriate time, what action he has taken to effectuate the recommendations made by the District of Columbia Auditor in his reports.

(g) This section shall not apply to the District of Columbia Courts or the accounts and operations thereof.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 803, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 455; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 754, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11244(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-117.

1973 Ed., § 47-120.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.36, § 1-309.13, § 1-604.06, § 2-218.63, § 2-1210.10, § 10-1203.05, and § 38-1205.09.

Cross References

Advisory neighborhood commissions, annual allocations, powers and duties, see § 1-309.13.

Boxing and wrestling commission, administration, see § 3-607.

Mental health services client enterprise program, establishment, see § 44-921.

Organization for personnel management, rules and regulations, implementation, see § 1-604.06.

Public school of law, access to records, see § 38-1205.09.

Washington convention center authority, audit of accounts and operations, see § 10-1203.05.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition, see §§ 2 to 4 of District of Columbia Auditor Subpoena and Oath Authority Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-317, January 28, 2004, 51 DCR 1555).

Editor's Notes

Increase of rate of compensation for District of Columbia Auditor approved: Pursuant to Resolution 8-69, the “Rate of Compensation for the District of Columbia Auditor Resolution of 1989,” effective June 27, 1989, the Council authorized an increase in the rate of compensation authorized for the District of Columbia Auditor from the rate as may be provided from time to time for grade 16 of the District Schedule to the rate as may be established from time to time for grade 17 of the District Schedule.

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.


§ 1–204.56a. Performance and accountability plan.

(a) Submission of annual plan. — Concurrent with the submission of the District of Columbia budget to Congress each year (beginning with 2001), the Mayor shall develop and submit to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the Comptroller General a performance accountability plan for all departments, agencies, and programs of the government of the District of Columbia for the subsequent fiscal year.

(b) Contents of plan. — The performance accountability plan for a fiscal year shall contain the following:

(1) A statement of measurable, objective performance goals established for all significant activities of the government of the District of Columbia during the fiscal year (including activities funded in whole or in part by the District but performed in whole or in part by some other public or private entity);

(2) A description of the measures of performance to be used in determining whether the government has met the goals established under paragraph (1) of this subsection with respect to an activity for a fiscal year. Such measures shall analyze the quantity and quality of the activities involved, and shall include measures of program outcomes and results; and

(3) The title of the District of Columbia management employee most directly responsible for the achievement of each goal and the title of such employee’s immediate supervisor or superior.

(c) Description of activities subject to court order. — In addition to the material included in the performance accountability plan for a fiscal year under subsection (b) of this section, the plan shall include a description of the activities of the government of the District of Columbia that are subject to a court order during the fiscal year and the requirements placed on such activities by the court order.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 456(a); as added Oct. 19, 1994, 108 Stat. 3488, Pub. L. 103-373, § 3(a)(2); Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2174, Pub. L. 105-100, § 130; Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1531, Pub. L. 106-113, § 169(1); Nov. 6, 2000, 114 Stat. 1940, Pub. L. 106-449, § 1(1).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-231.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.56b and § 38-121.02.

Effect of Amendments

Public Law 106-113 in subsec. (a), struck “District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority” and inserted “Mayor”.

Pub. L. 106-449, in subsec. (a), substituted “Concurrent with the submission of the District of Columbia budget to Congress each year (beginning with 2001)” for “Not later than March 1 of each year (beginning with 1998)”; and, in subsec. (b)(1), deleted “that describe an acceptable level of performance by the government and a superior level of performance by the government” following “private entity)”.


§ 1–204.56b. Performance accountability report.

(a) Submission of report. — Not later than March 1 of each year (beginning with 2001), the Mayor shall develop and submit to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the Comptroller General a performance accountability report on activities of the government of the District of Columbia during the fiscal year ending on the previous September 30.

(b) Contents of report. — The performance accountability report for a fiscal year shall contain the following:

(1) For each goal of the performance accountability plan submitted under § 1-204.56a for the year, a statement of the actual level of performance achieved compared to the stated goal;

(2) The title of the District of Columbia management employee most directly responsible for the achievement of each goal and the title of such employee’s immediate supervisor or superior; and

(3) A statement of the status of any court orders applicable to the government of the District of Columbia during the year and the steps taken by the government to comply with such orders.

(c) Evaluation of report. — The Comptroller General, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall review and evaluate each performance accountability report submitted under this subsection and not later than April 15 of each year shall submit comments on such report to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 456(b); as added Oct. 19, 1994, 108 Stat. 3488, Pub. L. 103-373, § 3(a)(2); Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2174, Pub. L. 105-100, § 130; Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1531, Pub. L. 106-113, § 169(2); Nov. 6, 2000, 114 Stat. 1940, Pub. L. 106-449, § 1(2).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-232.

Effect of Amendments

Public Law 106-113 in subsec. (a), struck “Authority” and inserted “Mayor”.

Pub. L. 106-449, in subsec. (a), substituted “2001” for “1999”: and, in subsec. (b)(1), deleted “for an acceptable level of performance and the goal for a superior level of performance” following “stated goal”.

Editor’s Note Public Law 106-449 purported to delete the following language from subsection(b)(A) of this section: “for an acceptable level of performance by the government and a superior level of performance by the government”. In order to carry out the perceived intent of Congress, following language was deleted from the same subsection: “for an acceptable level of performance and the goal for a superior level of performance.”


§ 1–204.56c. Financial plan and report.

(a) Development and submission. — Not later than March 1 of each year (beginning with 1997), the Chief Financial Officer shall develop and submit to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and the Comptroller General a 5-year financial plan for the government of the District of Columbia that contains a description of the steps the government will take to eliminate any differences between expenditures from, and revenues attributable to, each fund of the District of Columbia during the first 5 fiscal years beginning after the submission of the plan.

(b) Report on compliance. —

(1) Submission of report. — Not later than March 1 of every year (beginning with 1999), the Chief Financial Officer shall submit a report to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Comptroller General, and the Director of the Congressional Budget Office on the extent to which the government of the District of Columbia was in compliance during the preceding fiscal year with the applicable requirements of the financial accountability plan submitted for such fiscal year under this section.

(2) Evaluation of report. — The Comptroller General, in consultation with the Director of the Congressional Budget Office, shall review and evaluate the financial accountability compliance report submitted under paragraph (1) of this subsection and not later than April 15 of each year shall submit comments on such report to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 456(c); as added Oct. 19, 1994, 108 Stat. 3488, Pub. L. 103-373, § 3(a)(2); Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2174, Pub. L. 105-100, § 130.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-233.


§ 1–204.56d. Quarterly financial reports.

(a) Submission of quarterly financial reports. — Not later than fifteen days after the end of every calendar quarter (beginning with a report for the quarter beginning October 1, 1997), the Chief Financial Officer shall submit to the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Subcommittees on the District of Columbia of the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, a report on the financial and budgetary status of the government of the District of Columbia for the previous quarter.

(b) Contents of report. — Each quarterly financial report submitted under subsection (a) of this section shall include the following information:

(1) A comparison of actual to forecasted cash receipts and disbursements for each month of the quarter, as presented in the District’s fiscal year consolidated cash forecast which shall be supported and accompanied by cash forecasts for the general fund and each of the District government’s other funds other than the capital projects fund and trust and agency funds;

(2) A projection of the remaining months cash forecast for that fiscal year;

(3) Explanations of (i) the differences between actual and forecasted cash amounts for each of the months in the quarter, and (ii) any changes in the remaining months forecast as compared to the original forecast for such months of that fiscal year;

(4) The effect of such changes, actual and projected, on the total cash balance of the remaining months and for the fiscal year;

(5) Explanations of the impact on meeting the budget, how the results may be reflected in a supplemental budget request, or how other policy decisions may be necessary which may require the agencies to reduce expenditures in other areas;

(6) An aging of the outstanding receivables and payables, with an explanation of how they are reflected in the forecast of cash receipts and disbursements;

(7) For each department or agency, the actual number of full-time equivalent positions, the actual number of full-time employees, the actual number of part-time employees, and the actual number of temporary employees, together with the source of funding for each such category of positions and employees; and

(8) A statement of the balance of each account held by the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority as of the end of the quarter, together with a description of the activities within each such account during the quarter based on information supplied by the Authority.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 456(d); as added Oct. 19, 1994, 108 Stat. 3488, Pub. L. 103-373, § 3(a)(2); Nov. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 2174, Pub. L. 105-100, § 130; Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681, Pub. L. 105-277, § 165.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-234.


§ 1–204.56e. Submission of Reports to District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Assistance Authority.

In the case of any report submitted by the Mayor under this subpart for a fiscal year (or any quarter of a fiscal year) which is a control year under the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, the Mayor shall submit the report to the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority established under § 47-391.01(a) in addition to any other individual to whom the Mayor is required to submit the report under this subpart.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, § 456(e); as added Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 140, Pub. L. 104-8, § 224(b)(2).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-235.

References in Text

The District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, referred to in this section, is Pub. Law 104-8, 109 Stat. 97, codified primarily as subchapters I-A and VII of Chapter 3 of this title.


Part E. Borrowing.

Subpart 1. Borrowing.

§ 1–204.61. Districts’ authority to issue and redeem general obligation bonds for capital projects.

(a)(1) Subject to the limitations in § 1-206.03(b), the District may incur indebtedness by issuing general obligation bonds to refund indebtedness of the District at any time outstanding, to finance the outstanding accumulated operating deficit of the general fund of the District of $331,589,000, existing as of September 30, 1990, to finance or refund the outstanding accumulated operating deficit of the general fund of the District of $500,000,000, existing as of September 30, 1997, and to provide for the payment of the cost of acquiring or undertaking its various capital projects. Such bonds shall bear interest, payable on such dates, at such rate or rates and at such maturities as the Mayor, subject to the provisions of § 1-204.62, may from time to time determine to be necessary to make such bonds marketable.

(2) The District may not issue any general obligation bonds to finance the operating deficit existing as of September 30, 1990 described in paragraph (1) of this subsection after September 30, 1992.

(b) The District may reserve the right to redeem any or all of its obligations before maturity in such manner and at such price as may be fixed by the Mayor prior to the issuance of such obligations.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 804, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 461; Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 4; Aug. 17, 1991, 105 Stat. 540, Pub. L. 102-106, § 4; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 768, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11405.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-321.

1973 Ed., § 47-241.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.62, § 1-204.65, § 1-204.67, § 1-204.75, § 1-204.81, § 1-204.82, § 1-204.83, § 47-392.04, § 47-392.24, and § 47-3401.01.

Cross References

Sale of public lands, expenses and proceeds of sale; board of education real property improvement and maintenance fund, see § 10-802.

Taxation and fiscal affairs, intermediate-term advances for liquidation of deficit, see § 47-3401.01.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(d) of the Redevelopment Land Agency Disposition Review Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-524, January 11, 2001, 48 DCR 624).

For temporary (90 day) authorization for the issuance of general obligation bonds and bond anticipation notes, see § 2 of General Obligation Bond and Bond Anticipation Notes for Fiscal Years 2002-2007 Authorization Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-418, July 17, 2002, 49 DCR 7392).

For temporary (90 day) authorization for the issuance of general obligation bonds and bond anticipation notes, see §§ 2 to 21 of General Obligation Bonds and Bond Anticipation Notes for Fiscal Years 2002-2007 Authorization Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-508, October 23, 2002, 49 DCR 10222).

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

General Obligation Bond 1996 Issuance Authorization Emergency Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-545, effective October 1, 1996, the Council approved, on an emergency basis, authorization for the borrowing of funds by the Mayor through the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

Effective Date of General Obligation Bond Act of 1998: Section 148 of Pub. L. 105-100, 111 Stat. 2181, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1998, provided that, notwithstanding § 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-206.02(c)(1)), General Obligation Bond Act of 1998 (D.C. Law 12-41), if enacted by the Council of the District of Columbia and approved by the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority, shall take effect on the date of such approval or the date of the enactment of this Act, whichever is later. Both Pub. L. 105-100 and D.C. Law 12-41 were approved on November 19, 1997.

General obligation bonds authorized: D.C. Law 12-41, effective November 19, 1997, authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds of the District of Columbia for the purpose of financing certain capital projects and the refunding of certain capital indebtedness of the District of Columbia.

General Obligation Bond Issuance 1998 Additional Authorization Emergency Resolution of 1998: Pursuant to Resolution 12-441, effective March 31, 1998, the Council authorized the borrowing of funds by the Mayor through the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds.

General Obligation Bonds Authorized.—D.C. Law 13-22, the “General Obligation Bonds and Bond Anticipation Notes for Fiscal Years 1999-2004 Authorization Act of 1999” authorizes the issuance of general obligation bond anticipation notes of the District of Columbia for the purposes of financing certain capital projects and the refunding of certain capital indebtedness of the District during fiscal years 1999-2004.

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-201.03 apply to this subchapter.

General Obligation Bonds Authorized: D.C. Law 14-214, effective March 25, 2003, authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds and general obligation bond anticipation notes of the District of Columbia for the purposes of financing certain capital projects and the refunding of certain capital indebtedness of the District of Columbia during fiscal years 2002-2007.

General Obligation Bonds Authorized: D.C. Law 16-212, effective March 6, 2007, authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds and general obligation bond anticipation notes of the District of Columbia for the purposes of financing certain capital projects and the refunding of certain capital indebtedness of the District of Columbia during fiscal years 2007-2012.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of contracting authority, see Mayor’s Order 91-92, June 7, 1991.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 9-251, the “General Obligation Bond Act of 1992”, see Mayor’s Order 93-45, April 22, 1993.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 11-404, the “General Obligation Bond Act of 1996”, see Mayor’s Order 96-146, October 7,


§ 1–204.62. Contents of borrowing legislation and elections on issuing general obligation bonds.

(a) The Council may by act authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds for the purposes specified in § 1-204.61. Such an Act shall contain, at least, provisions:

(1) Briefly describing the projects or categories of projects to be financed by the Act;

(2) Identifying the act authorizing each such project or category of projects;

(3) Setting forth the maximum amount of the principal of the indebtedness which may be incurred for the projects to be financed;

(4) Setting forth the maximum rate of interest to be paid on such indebtedness;

(5) Setting forth the maximum allowable maturity for the issue and the maximum debt service payable in any year; and

(6) Setting forth, in the event that the Council determines in its discretion to submit the question of issuing such bonds to a vote of the qualified voters of the District, the manner of holding such election, the date of such election, the manner of voting for or against the incurring of such indebtedness, and the form of ballot to be used at such election.

(b) Any election held on the question of issuing general obligation bonds must be held before the act authorizing the issuance of such bonds is transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate pursuant to § 1-206.02(c).

(c) Notwithstanding § 1-206.02(c)(1), the provisions required by paragraph (6) of subsection (a) of this section to be included in any act authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds shall take effect on the date of the enactment of such act.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 804, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 462; Aug. 29, 1974, 88 Stat. 793, Pub. L. 93-395, § 1(4); Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 5; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 769, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11503.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-322.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.61, § 1-204.63, and § 1-206.02.

Cross References

Council, limitations on authority, see § 1-206.02.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”


§ 1–204.63. General obligation bonds.

(a) After each act of the Council of the District of Columbia under § 1-204.62(a) authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds has taken effect, the Mayor shall publish such act at least once in at least 1 newspaper of general circulation within the District together with a notice that such act has taken effect. Each such notice shall be in substantially the following form:

NOTICE
The following act of the Council of the District of Columbia (published with this notice) authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds has taken effect. As provided in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, the time within which a suit, action, or proceeding questioning the validity of such bonds may be commenced expires at the end of the 20-day period beginning on the date of the first publication of this notice.

. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mayor

(b) Neither the failure to publish the notice provided for in subsection (a) of this section nor any error in any publication of such notice shall impair the effectiveness of the act of the Council authorizing the issuance of such bonds or the validity of any bond issued pursuant to such act.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 804, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 463; Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 6.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-323.

1973 Ed., § 47-243.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.64.

References in Text

The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, referred to in this section, is 87 Stat. 774, Pub. L. 93-198, approved December 24, 1973.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”


§ 1–204.64. Short period of limitation.

(a) At the end of the 20-day period beginning on the date of the first publication pursuant to the notice in § 1-204.63(a) that an act authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds has taken effect:

(1) Any recital or statement of fact contained in such act or in the preamble or title of such act shall be deemed to be true for the purpose of determining the validity of the bonds authorized by such act, and the District and all others interested shall be estopped from denying any such recital or statement of fact; and

(2) Such act, and all proceedings in connection with the authorization of the issuance of such bonds including any election held on the question of issuing such bonds, shall be deemed to have been duly and regularly taken, passed, and done by the District, in compliance with this chapter and all other applicable laws, for the purpose of determining the validity of such act and proceedings; and no court shall have jurisdiction in any suit, action, or proceeding questioning the validity of such act or proceedings except in a suit, action, or proceeding commenced before the end of such 20-day period.

(b) At the end of the 20-day period beginning on the date of the first publication pursuant to the notice in § 1-204.63(a) that an act authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds has taken effect, no court shall have jurisdiction in any suit, action, or proceeding questioning the validity of any general obligation bond issued pursuant to such act if:

(1) Such general obligation bond was purchased in good faith and for fair value; and

(2) Such general obligation bond contains substantially the following statement which shall bind the District of Columbia:

“It is hereby certified and recited that all conditions, acts, and things required by the District of Columbia Home Rule Act and other applicable laws to exist, to have happened, and to have been performed precedent to and in the issuance of this bond exist, have happened, and have been performed and that the issue of bonds, of which this is one, together with all other indebtedness of the District of Columbia, is within every debt and other limit prescribed by law.”


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 805, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 464; Aug. 14, 1974, 88 Stat. 458, Pub. L. 93-376, title III, § 306(a); Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 7.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-324.

1973 Ed., § 47-244.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”


§ 1–204.65. Issuance of general obligation bonds.

(a) After an act of the Council authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds under § 1-204.61(a) takes effect, the Mayor may issue such general obligation bonds as authorized by such act of the Council. An issue of general obligation bonds may be all or any part of the aggregate principal amount of bonds authorized by such act.

(b) The principal amount of the general obligation bonds of each issue shall be payable in annual installments beginning not more than 3 years after the date of such bonds and ending not more than 30 years after such date.

(c) The general obligation bonds of each issue shall be executed by the manual or facsimile signature of such officials as may be designated to sign such bonds by the act of the Council authorizing the issuance of the bonds, except that at least 1 such signature shall be manual. Coupons attached to the bonds shall be authenticated by the facsimile signature of the Mayor unless the Council provides otherwise.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 805, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 465; Aug. 29, 1974, 88 Stat. 793, Pub. L. 93-395, § 1(5); Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 8.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-325.

1973 Ed., § 47-245.


§ 1–204.66. Public or private sale.

General obligation bonds issued under this part may be sold at a private sale on a negotiated basis (in such manner as the Mayor may determine to be in the public interest), or may be sold at public sale upon sealed proposals after publication of a notice of such public sale at least once not less than 10 days prior to the date fixed for sale in a daily newspaper carrying municipal bond notices and devoted primarily to financial news or to the subject of State and municipal bonds published in the city of New York, New York, and in one or more newspapers of general circulation published in the District. Such notice of public sale shall state, among other things, that no proposal shall be considered unless there is deposited with the District as a down payment a certified check, cashier’s check, or surety for an amount equal to at least 2% of the par amount of general obligation bonds bid for, and the Mayor shall reserve the right to reject any and all bids.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 806, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 466; Aug. 29, 1974, 88 Stat. 793, Pub. L. 93-395, § 1(6); Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 9; Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1974, Pub. L. 98-473, § 131(a); Dec. 19, 1985, 99 Stat. 1185, Pub. L. 99-190, § 101(c); Oct. 30, 1986, 100 Stat. 3341-180, Pub. L. 99-591, § 131; Dec. 22, 1987, 101 Stat. 1329, Pub. L. 100-202, § 1(c); Nov. 21, 1989, 103 Stat. 1280, Pub. L. 101-168, § 129; Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 2237, Pub. L. 101-518, § 129; Oct. 1, 1991, 105 Stat. 569, Pub. L. 102-111, § 125; Oct. 5, 1992, 106 Stat. 1433, Pub. L. 102-382, § 125; Oct. 29, 1993, 107 Stat. 1347, Pub. L. 103-127, § 124; Sept. 30, 1994, 108 Stat. 2586, Pub. L. 103-334, § 124; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 769, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11504.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-326.

1973 Ed., § 47-246.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of amendments: Section 131(k) of Public Law 98-473 provided that amendments made by this section shall not be applicable with respect to any law which was passed by the Council prior to the date of enactment of this act, and such laws are deemed valid, in accordance with the provisions thereof notwithstanding such amendments, and any previous act of the Council which had been disapproved by the Congress pursuant to section 602(c)(1) or section 602(c)(2) is deemed null and void. Public Law 98-473 was approved October 12, 1984.

Effective period of § 131 of Public Law 98-473: Section 131(n) of Public Law 98-473 provided that the provisions of this section shall be effective hereafter without limitation as to fiscal year, notwithstanding any other provision of the joint resolution. Public Law 98-473 was approved October 12, 1984.

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”


§ 1–204.67. Authority to create security interests in District revenues.

(a) In general. — An act of the Council authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds or notes under § 1-204.61(a), § 1-204.71(a), § 1-204.72(a), or § 1-204.75(a) may create a security interest in any District revenues as additional security for the payment of the bonds or notes authorized by such act.

(b) Contents of acts. — Any such act creating a security interest in District revenues may contain provisions (which may be part of the contract with the holders of such bonds or notes):

(1) Describing the particular District revenues which are subject to such security interest;

(2) Creating a reasonably required debt service reserve fund or any other special fund;

(3) Authorizing the Mayor of the District to execute a trust indenture securing the bonds or notes;

(4) Vesting in the trustee under such a trust indenture such properties, rights, powers, and duties in trust as may be necessary, convenient, or desirable;

(5) Authorizing the Mayor of the District to enter into and amend agreements concerning:

(A) The custody, collection, use, disposition, security, investment, and payment of the proceeds of the bonds or notes and the District revenues which are subject to such security interest; and

(B) The doing of any act (or the refraining from doing any act) that the District would have the right to do in the absence of such an agreement;

(6) Prescribing the remedies of the holders of the bonds or notes in the event of a default; and

(7) Authorizing the Mayor to take any other actions in connection with the issuance, sale, delivery, security, and payment of the bonds or notes.

(c) Timing and perfection of security interests. — Notwithstanding Article 9 of Title 28 of the District of Columbia Code, any security interest in District revenues created under subsection (a) of this section shall be valid, binding, and perfected from the time such security interest is created, with or without the physical delivery of any funds or any other property and with or without any further action. Such security interest shall be valid, binding, and perfected whether or not any statement, document, or instrument relating to such security interest is recorded or filed. The lien created by such security interest is valid, binding, and perfected with respect to any individual or legal entity having claims against the District, whether or not such individual or legal entity has notice of such lien.

(d) Obligations and expenditures not subject to appropriation. — Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to any obligation or expenditure of any District revenues to secure any general obligation bond or note under subsection (a) of this section.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 806, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 467; as added Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1496, Pub. L. 97-105, § 10; enacted, Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-254, § 2, 44 DCR 1575; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 770, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11505; July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(h), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-326.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.46 and § 1-204.48.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “ Section 1-204.46(c)” for “The fourth sentence of § 1-204.46” in (d).

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

Request for Congressional action: Pursuant to § 501(a) of D.C. Law 10-188, the Council for the District of Columbia requested that Congress amend subsection (d), § 467(d) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, to read as follows:

“(d) The fourth sentence of § 47-304 (§ 1-204.46, 2001 Ed.) shall not apply to any obligation or expenditure of any District revenues to secure any general obligation bond under subsection (a) of this section or any revenue bond or other obligation under subsection (a-1) of this section or for repair, maintenance, and capital improvements. Other operating obligations or expenditures shall not be exempt from the fourth sentence of § 47-304 (§ 1-204.46, 2001 Ed.), except that if the operating obligations or expenditures are incurred prior to October 1, 1995, they shall be approved pursuant to the procedures set forth in § 47-304.1 (§ 1-204.53, 2001 Ed.).”

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.


Subpart 2. Short-Term Borrowing.

§ 1–204.71. Borrowing to meet appropriations.

(a) In the absence of unappropriated revenues available to meet appropriations made pursuant to § 1-204.46, the Council may by act authorize the issuance of general obligation notes. The total amount of all such general obligation notes originally issued during a fiscal year shall not exceed 2% of the total appropriations for the District for such fiscal year.

(b) Any general obligation note issued under subsection (a) of this section, as authorized by an act of the Council, may be renewed. Any such note, including any renewal of such note, shall be due and payable not later than the last day of the fiscal year occurring immediately after the fiscal year during which the act authorizing the original issuance of such note takes effect.

(c) Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to any amount obligated or expended by the District for the payment of the principal of, interest on, or redemption premium for any general obligation note issued under subsection (a) of this section.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 806, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 471; Aug. 29, 1974, 88 Stat. 793, Pub. L. 93-395, § 1(8); July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(h), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-327.

1973 Ed., § 47-247.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.46, § 1-204.67, § 1-204.82, § 1-204.83, and § 42-2704.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “ Section 1-204.46(c)” for “The fourth sentence of § 1-204.46” in (c).

Cross References

Housing finance agency, agency bonds and notes, obligations, see § 42-2704.02.

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

General obligation notes authorized: D.C. Law 12-1, effective May 7, 1997, authorized the issuance of general obligation notes of the District of Columbia for the purpose of financing certain appropriations for which unappropriated revenues are not available.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 8-217, the “General Obligation Bond Act of 1990.”, see Mayor’s Order 91-79, May 14, 1991.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 9-46, the “General Fund Recovery Act of 1991.”, see Mayor’s Order 91-147, October 4, 1991.


§ 1–204.72. Borrowing in anticipation of revenues.

(a) In general. — In anticipation of the collection or receipt of revenues for a fiscal year, the Council may by act authorize the issuance of general obligation notes for such fiscal year, to be known as revenue anticipation notes.

(b) Limit on aggregate notes outstanding. — The total amount of all revenue anticipation notes issued under subsection (a) of this section outstanding at any time during a fiscal year shall not exceed 20% of the total anticipated revenue of the District for such fiscal year, as certified by the Mayor under this subsection. The Mayor shall certify, as of a date which occurs not more than 15 days before each original issuance of such revenue anticipation notes, the total anticipated revenue of the District for such fiscal year.

(c) Permitted outstanding duration. — Any revenue anticipation note issued under subsection (a) of this section may be renewed. Any such note, including any renewal note, shall be due and payable not later than the last day of the fiscal year during which the note was originally issued.

(d) Effective date of authorization acts; payments not subject to appropriation. —

(1) Effective date. — Notwithstanding § 1-206.02(c)(1), any act of the Council authorizing the issuance of revenue anticipation notes under subsection (a) of this section shall take effect:

(A) if such act is enacted during a control year (as defined in § 47-393(4)), on the date of approval by the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority; or

(B) if such act is enacted during any other year, on the date of enactment of such act.

(2) Payments not subject to appropriation. — Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to any amount obligated or expended by the District for the payment of the principal of, interest on, or redemption premium for any revenue anticipation note issued under subsection (a) of this section.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 806, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 472; Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 12; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 771, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11506; July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(h), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-328.

1973 Ed., § 47-248.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.46, § 1-204.67, § 1-204.82, § 1-204.83, and § 1-206.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “ Section 1-204.46(c)” for “The fourth sentence of § 1-204.46” in (d)(2).

Cross References

Council, limitations on authority, see § 1-206.02.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary authorization, on an emergency basis, the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, see § 2-15 and 17 of the Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Emergency Act of 1996 (D.C. Act 11-301, July 15, 1996, 43 DCR 4169).

For emergency authorization of the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes to finance general governmental expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1999, see §§ 2-15 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-433, July 29, 1998, 45 DCR 5734), §§ 2-15 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Second Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-498, October 27, 1998, 45 DCR 8038, and §§ 2-15 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes of Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1999 (D.C. Act 13-7, February 8, 1999, 46 DCR 2301).

D.C. Act 12-75 authorized, on an emergency basis, the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30,

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) authorization of the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes, see §§ 2 to 17 of Fiscal Year 2004 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Temporary Act of 2003 (D.C. Law 15-41, November 26, 2003, law notification 50 DCR 10699).

For temporary (225 day) authorization of the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes, see §§ 2 to 17 of Fiscal Year 2005 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Temporary Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-639, November 30, 2004, law notification 52 DCR 1228).

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

D.C. Act 10-227, effective April 22, 1994, authorized the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1994.

D.C. Act 11-373, effective August 5, 1996, authorized the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996.

D.C. Act 14-386, effective June 21, 2002, authorized the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002.

D.C. Act 14-481, effective October 23, 2002, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2003.

D.C. Act 15-382, effective February 27, 2004, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2004.

D.C. Act 15-695, effective December 29, 2004, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2005.

D.C. Act 16-211, effective November 28, 2005, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2006.

D.C. Act 16-538, effective December 4, 2006, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2007.

D.C. Act 17-209, effective November 27, 2007, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2008.

D.C. Act 18-557, effective October 7, 2010, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2010.

D.C. Act 18-560, effective October 12, 2010, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2011.

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that ‘§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 [§§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed.] of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.’

D.C. Act 19-449, 59 DCR 11081, the “Fiscal Year 2013 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Act of 2012” authorized the issuance of additional District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes to finance general governmental expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.

D.C. Act 20-504, enacted Dec. 8, 2014, authorized the issuance of general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes of the District of Columbia to finance general governmental expenses for fiscal year ending September 30, 2015.

D.C. Act 21-196, 62 DCR 14690, the Fiscal Year 2016 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Act of 205, authorized the issuance of District of Columbia general obligation tax revenue anticipation notes to finance general governmental expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 8-246, the “Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Act of 1990”, see Mayor’s Order 90-118, September 27, 1990.

Delegation of contracting authority, see Mayor’s Order 91-92, June 7, 1991.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 9-46, the “General Fund Recovery Act of 1991”, see Mayor’s Order 91-147, October 4, 1991.

Delegation of authority pursuant to D.C. Act 10-227, the Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Act of 1994, see Mayor’s Order 94-104, April 29, 1994 ( 41 DCR 2535).

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 10-364, the “Second Tax Revenue Anticipations Notes Act of 1994”, see Mayor’s Order 94-266, December 29, 1994.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 11-301, the “Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Emergency Act of 1996”, see Mayor’s Order 96-107, July 25, 1996 ( 43 DCR 4321).

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 12-75, the “Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Emergency Act of 1997” (“the TRANs Act”), see Mayor’s Order 97-123, June 27, 1997 ( 44 DCR 4143).

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 12-153, the “Fiscal Year 1998 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Emergency Act of 1997” (“the TRANs Act”), see Mayor’s Order 97-175, September 30, 1997 ( 44 DCR 5870).

Delegation of authority pursuant to D.C. Act 12-498, the “Fiscal Year 1999 Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Second Emergency Act of 1998”, see Mayor’s Order 98-173, November 5, 1998 ( 45 DCR 8200).


§ 1–204.73. Notes redeemable prior to maturity.

No notes issued pursuant to this part shall be made payable on demand, but any note may be made subject to redemption prior to maturity on such notice and at such time as may be stated in the note.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 806, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 473.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-329.

1973 Ed., § 47-249.

References in Text

“This part,” referred to in this section, refers to part E (comprising of §§ 461 to 490) of title IV of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, approved December 24, 1973, 88 Stat. 804-809, Pub. L. 93-198, codified as §§ 1-204.89, 1-204.88, 1-204.87, and 1-204.61 to 1-204.90.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”


§ 1–204.74. Sales of notes.

All notes issued pursuant to this part may be sold at not less than par and accrued interest at private sale without previous advertising.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 806, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 474.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-330.

1973 Ed., § 47-250.


§ 1–204.75. Bond anticipation notes.

(a) Authorizing issuance. —

(1) In general. — In anticipation of the issuance of general obligation bonds, the Council may by act authorize the issuance of general obligation notes to be known as bond anticipation notes in accordance with this section.

(2) Purposes; permitting issuance of general obligation bonds to cover indebtedness. — The proceeds of bond anticipation notes issued under this section shall be used for the purposes for which general obligation bonds may be issued under § 1-204.61, and such notes shall constitute indebtedness which may be refunded through the issuance of general obligation bonds under such section.

(b) Maximum annual debt service amount. — The act of the Council authorizing the issuance of bond anticipation notes shall set forth for the bonds anticipated by such notes an estimated maximum annual debt service amount based on an estimated schedule of annual principal payments and an estimated schedule of annual interest payments (based on an estimated maximum average annual interest rate for such bonds over a period of 30 years from the earlier of the date of issuance of the notes or the date of original issuance of prior notes in anticipation of those bonds). Such estimated maximum annual debt service amount as estimated at the time of issuance of the original bond anticipation notes shall be included in the calculation required by § 1-206.03(b) while such notes or renewal notes are outstanding.

(c) Permitted outstanding duration. — Any bond anticipation note, including any renewal note, shall be due and payable not later than the last day of the third fiscal year following the fiscal year during which the note was originally issued.

(d) General authority of Council. — If provided for in [an] Act of the Council authorizing such an issue of bond anticipation notes, bond anticipation notes may be issued in succession, in such amounts, at such times, and bearing interest rates within the permitted maximum authorized by such Act.

(e) Effective date of authorization acts; payments not subject to appropriation. —

(1) Effective date. — Notwithstanding § 1-206.02(c)(1), any act of the Council authorizing the renewal of bond anticipation notes under subsection (c) [subsection (d)] or the issuance of general obligation bonds under § 1-204.61(a) to refund any bond anticipation notes shall take effect —

(A) if such act is enacted during a control year (as defined in § 47-393(4)), on the date of approval by the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority; or

(B) if such act is enacted during any other year, on the date of enactment of such act.

(2) Payment not subject to appropriation. — Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to any amount obligated or expended by the District for the payment of the principal of, interest on, or redemption premium for any bond anticipation note issued under this section.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 806, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 475; as added Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 771, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11507(a); July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(h), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-330.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.46, § 1-204.67, and § 47-340.30.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “ Section 1-204.46(c)” for “The fourth sentence of § 1-204.46” in (e)(2).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) authorization for the issuance of general obligation bonds and bond anticipation notes, see § 2 of General Obligation Bond and Bond Anticipation Notes for Fiscal Years 2002-2007 Authorization Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-418, July 17, 2002, 49 DCR 7392).

Effective Dates

Section 11721 of Title XI of Pub. L. 105-33, 111 Stat. 786, the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, provided that except as otherwise provided in this title, the provisions of this title shall take effect on the later of October 1, 1997, or the day the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority certifies that the financial plan and budget for the District government for fiscal year 1998 meet the requirements of section 201(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, as amended by this title.

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

General Obligation Bonds Authorized: D.C. Law 14-214, effective March 25, 2003, authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds and general obligation bond anticipation notes of the District of Columbia for the purposes of financing certain capital projects and the refunding of certain capital indebtedness of the District of Columbia during fiscal years 2002-2007.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.


Subpart 3. Payment of Bonds and Notes.

§ 1–204.81. Special tax.

(a) Any act of the Council authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds under § 1-204.61(a) shall provide for the annual levy of a special tax or charge, if the Council determines that such tax or charge is necessary. Such tax or charge shall be levied, without limitation as to rate or amount, in amounts which together with other District revenues available and applicable will be sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on such general obligation bonds as they become due and payable. Such tax or charge shall be levied and collected at the same time and in the same manner as other District taxes are levied and collected, and when collected shall be set aside in a separate debt service fund and irrevocably dedicated to the payment of such principal and interest.

(b) The Comptroller General of the United States shall make annual audits of the amounts set aside and deposited in each debt service fund pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 807, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 481; Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1498, Pub. L. 97-105, § 13.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-331.

1973 Ed., § 47-251.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.83, § 1-204.90, § 2-1217.01, § 2-1217.33a, § 2-1217.34a, § 2-1217.71, § 2-1217.102, § 10-1221.01, § 47-1002, § 47-4611, and § 47-4616.

Cross References

National capital revitalization corporation, “available real property tax revenue,” defined, see § 2-1219.01.

National capital revitalization corporation, redevelopment districts, allocation of tax increment revenues, see § 2-1219.21.

Tax increment financing authorization, “available real property tax revenue,” defined, see § 2-1217.01.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 8-246, the “Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Act of 1990.”, see Mayor’s Order 90-118, September 27, 1990.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 9-46, the “General Fund Recovery Act of 1991.”, see Mayor’s Order 91-147, October 4, 1991.


§ 1–204.82. Full faith and credit of the District.

The full faith and credit of the District is pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on any general obligation bond or note issued under § 1-204.61(a), § 1-204.71(a), or § 1-204.72(a), whether or not such pledge is stated in such bond or note or in the act authorizing the issuance of such bond or note.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 807, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 482; as added Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1498, Pub. L. 97-105, § 14.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-331.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-340.31.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 8-246, the “Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Act of 1990.”, see Mayor’s Order 90-118, September 27, 1990.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 9-46, the “General Fund Recovery Act of 1991.”, see Mayor’s Order 91-147, October 4, 1991.


§ 1–204.83. Payment of the general obligation bonds and notes.

(a) The Council shall provide in each annual budget for the District of Columbia government for a fiscal year adopted by the Council pursuant to § 1-204.46 sufficient funds to pay the principal of and interest on all general obligation bonds or notes issued under § 1-204.61(a), § 1-204.71(a), or § 1-204.72(a) becoming due and payable during such fiscal year.

(b) The Mayor shall insure that the principal of and interest on all general obligation bonds and notes issued under § 1-204.61(a), § 1-204.71(a), or § 1-204.72(a) are paid when due, including by paying such principal and interest from funds not otherwise legally committed.

(c) Repealed.

(d) Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to:

(1) Any amount set aside in a debt service fund under § 1-204.81(a);

(2) Any amount obligated or expended for the payment of the principal of, interest on, or redemption premium for any general obligation bond or note issued under § 1-204.61(a), § 1-204.71(a), or § 1-204.72(a);

(3) Any amount obligated or expended as provided by the Council in any annual budget for the District of Columbia government pursuant to subsection (a) of this section or as provided by any amendment or supplement to such budget; or

(4) Any amount obligated or expended by the Mayor pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) [(c) repealed] of this section.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 807, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 483; as added Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1498, Pub. L. 97-105, § 14; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 777, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11601(b)(1)(B); July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(h), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-331.2.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.46 and § 1-204.48.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “ Section 1-204.46(c)” for “The fourth sentence of § 1-204.46” in the introductory paragraph of (d).

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.


Subpart 4. Full Faith and Credit of the United States.

§ 1–204.84. Full faith and credit of United States not pledged.

The full faith and credit of the United States is not pledged for the payment of any principal of or interest on any bond, note, or other obligation issued by the District under this part. The United States is not responsible or liable for the payment of any principal of or interest on any bond, note, or other obligation issued by the District under this part.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 807, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 484; as added Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1499, Pub. L. 97-105, § 15.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-331.3.

References in Text

“This part,” referred to in this section, refers to part E (comprising §§ 461 to 490) of title IV of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, approved December 24, 1973, 88 Stat. 804-809, Pub. L. 93-198, codified as §§ 1-204.89, 1-204.88, 1-204.87, and 1-204.61 to 1-204.90.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under D.C. Act 8-246, the “Tax Revenue Anticipation Notes Act of 1990.”, see Mayor’s Order 90-118, September 27, 1990.

Delegation of authority under D.C. Law 9-46, the “General Fund Recovery Act of 1991.”, see Mayor’s Order 91-147, October 4, 1991.


Subpart 5. Tax Exemptions; Legal Investment; Water Pollution; Reservoirs; Metro Contributions; and Revenue Bonds.

§ 1–204.85. Tax exemption.

Bonds and notes issued by the Council pursuant to this subchapter and the interest thereon shall be exempt from all federal and District taxation except estate, inheritance, and gift taxes.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 807, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 485.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-332.

1973 Ed., § 47-252.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”


§ 1–204.86. Legal investment.

Notwithstanding any restriction on the investment of funds by fiduciaries contained in any other law, all domestic insurance companies, domestic insurance associations, executors, administrators, guardians, trustees, and other fiduciaries within the District may legally invest any sinking funds, moneys, trust funds, or other funds belonging to them or under or within their control in any bonds issued pursuant to this subchapter, it being the purpose of this section to authorize the investment in such bonds or notes of all sinking, insurance, retirement, compensation, pension, and trust funds. National banking associations are authorized to deal in, underwrite, purchase and sell, for their own accounts or for the accounts of customers, bonds and notes issued by the Council to the same extent as national banking associations are authorized by paragraph 7 of § 5136 of the Revised Statutes (§ 24 of Title 12, United States Code ), to deal in, underwrite, purchase and sell obligations of the United States, states, or political subdivisions thereof. All federal building and loan associations and federal savings and loan associations; and banks, trust companies, building and loan associations, and savings and loan associations, domiciled in the District, may purchase, sell, underwrite, and deal in, for their own account or for the account of others, all bonds or notes issued pursuant to this subchapter. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as relieving any person, firm, association, or corporation from any duty of exercising due and reasonable care in selecting securities for purchase or investment.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 807, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 486.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-333.

1973 Ed., § 47-253.


§ 1–204.87. Water pollution.

(a) The Mayor shall annually estimate the amount of the District’s principal and interest expense which is required to service District obligations attributable to the Maryland and Virginia pro rata share of District sanitary sewage water works and other water pollution projects which provide service to the local jurisdictions in those states. Such amounts as determined by the Mayor pursuant to the agreements described in subsection (b) of this section shall be used to exclude the Maryland and Virginia share of pollution projects cost from the limitation on the District’s capital project obligations as provided in § 1-206.03(b).

(b) The Mayor shall enter into agreements with the states and local jurisdictions concerned for annual payments to the District of rates and charges for waste treatment services in accordance with the use and benefits made and derived from the operation of the said waste treatment facilities. Each such agreement shall require that the estimated amount of such rates and charges will be paid in advance, subject to adjustment after each year. Such rates and charges shall be sufficient to cover the cost of construction, interest on capital, operation and maintenance, and the necessary replacement of equipment during the useful life of the facility.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 808, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 487.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 43-1615.

1973 Ed., § 43-1619.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 34-2202.16.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) additions, see § 2 of Blue Plains Intermunicipal Agreement of 2012 Congressional Approval Emergency Request Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-422, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9365).

Editor's Notes

Restriction on use of funds: Section 136 of Pub. L. 102-382, 106 Stat. 1435, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1993, provided that none of the funds made available in this Act may be used by the District of Columbia to impose, implement, collect, administer, transfer, or enforce a payment in lieu of taxes on the Water and Sewer Utility Administration that would increase payments required of suburban jurisdictions in Maryland or Virginia under the Blue Plains Intermunicipal Agreement of 1985.

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.


§ 1–204.88. Cost of reservoirs on Potomac River.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to contract with the United States, any state in the Potomac River basin, any agency or political subdivision thereof, and any other competent state or local authority, with respect to the payment by the District to the United States, either directly or indirectly, of the District’s equitable share of any part or parts of the non-federal portion of the costs of any reservoirs authorized by the Congress for construction on the Potomac River or any of its tributaries. Every such contract may contain such provisions as the Mayor may deem necessary or appropriate.

(b) Unless hereafter otherwise provided by legislation enacted by the Council, all payments made by the District and all moneys received by the District pursuant to any contract made under the authority of this chapter shall be paid from, or be deposited in, a fund designated by the Mayor. Charges for water delivered from the District water system for use outside the District may be adjusted to reflect the portions of any payments made by the District under contracts authorized by this chapter which are equitably attributable to such use outside the District.

(c) There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 808, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 488.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 43-1553.

1973 Ed., §§ 43-1542, 43-1542a.

Editor's Notes

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to the District of Columbia Council and to a Commissioner of the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 1–204.89. District’s contributions to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, beginning with fiscal year 1976 the District share of the cost of the adopted regional system described in subchapter VI of Chapter 11 of Title 9 may be payable from the proceeds of the sale of District general obligation bonds issued pursuant to this subchapter.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 808, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 489.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-2455.

1973 Ed., § 1-1443a.

Cross References

Borrowing, general obligation bonds, see 1-204.61 et seq.


§ 1–204.90. Revenue bonds and other obligations.

(a)(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Council may by act or by resolution authorize the issuance of taxable and tax-exempt revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations to borrow money to finance, refinance, or reimburse and to assist in the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of or for capital projects and other undertakings by the District or by any District instrumentality, or on behalf of any qualified applicant, including capital projects or undertakings in the areas of housing; health facilities; transit and utility facilities; manufacturing; sports, convention, and entertainment facilities; recreation, tourism and hospitality facilities; facilities to house and equip operations of the District government or its instrumentalities; public infrastructure development and redevelopment; elementary, secondary and college and university facilities; educational programs which provide loans for the payment of educational expenses for or on behalf of students; facilities used to house and equip operations related to the study, development, application, or production of innovative commercial or industrial technologies and social services; water and sewer facilities (as defined in paragraph (5) of this subsection); pollution control facilities; solid and hazardous waste disposal facilities; parking facilities, industrial and commercial development; authorized capital expenditures of the District; and any other property or project that will, as determined by the Council, contribute to the health, education, safety, or welfare, of, or the creation or preservation of jobs for, residents of the District, or to economic development of the District, and any facilities or property, real or personal, used in connection with or supplementing any of the foregoing; lease-purchase financing of any of the foregoing facilities or property; and any costs related to the issuance, carrying, security, liquidity or credit enhancement of or for revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations, including, capitalized interest and reserves, and the costs of bond insurance, letters of credit, and guaranteed investment, forward purchase, remarketing, auction, and swap agreements. Any such financing, refinancing, or reimbursement may be effected by loans made directly or indirectly to any individual or legal entity, by the purchase of any mortgage, note, or other security, or by the purchase, lease, or sale of any property.

(2) Any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be a special obligation of the District and shall be a negotiable instrument, whether or not such revenue bond, note, or other obligation is a security as defined in § 28:8-102(1)(a).

(3) Any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be paid and secured (as to principal, interest, and any premium) as provided by the act or resolution of the Council authorizing the issuance of such revenue bond, note, or other obligation. Any act or resolution of the Council, or any delegation of Council authority under subsection (a)(6) of this section, authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations may provide for (A) the payment of such revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations from any available revenues, assets, property (including water and sewer enterprise fund revenues, assets, or other property in the case of bonds, notes, or obligations issued with respect to water and sewer facilities), and (B) the securing of such revenue bond, note, or other obligation by the mortgage of real property or the creation of a security interest in available revenues, assets, or other property (including water and sewer enterprise fund revenues, assets, or other property in the case of bonds, notes, or obligations issued with respect to water and sewer facilities).

(4)(A) In authorizing the issuance of any revenue bond, note, or other obligation under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Council may enter into, or authorize the Mayor to enter into, any agreement concerning the acquisition, use, or disposition of any available revenues, assets, or property. Any such agreement may create a security interest in any available revenues, assets, or property, may provide for the custody, collection, security, investment, and payment of any available revenues (including any funds held in trust) for the payment of such revenue bond, note, or other obligation, may mortgage any property, may provide for the acquisition, construction, maintenance, and disposition of the undertaking financed or refinanced using the proceeds of such revenue bond, note, or other obligation, and may provide for the doing of any act (or the refraining from doing of any act) which the District has the right to do in the absence of such agreement. Any such agreement may be assigned for the benefit of, or made a part of any contract with, any holder of such revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection.

(B) Notwithstanding Article 9 of Title 28, any security interest created under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph shall be valid, binding, and perfected from the time such security interest is created, with or without the physical delivery of any funds or any other property and with or without any further action. Such security interest shall be valid, binding, and perfected whether or not any statement, document, or instrument relating to such security interest is recorded or filed. The lien created by such security interest is valid, binding, and perfected with respect to any individual or legal entity having claims against the District, whether or not such individual or legal entity has notice of such lien.

(C) Any funds of the District held for the payment or security of any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection, whether or not such funds are held in trust, may be secured in the manner agreed to by the District and any depository of such funds. Any depository of such funds may give security for the deposit of such funds.

(5) In paragraph (1) of this subsection, the term “water and sewer facilities” means facilities for the obtaining, treatment, storage, and distribution of water, the collection, storage, treatment, and transportation of wastewater, storm drainage, and the disposal of liquids and solids resulting from treatment.

(6)(A) The Council may by act delegate to any District instrumentality the authority of the Council under subsection (a)(1) of this section to issue taxable or tax-exempt revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations to borrow money for the purposes specified in this subsection. For purposes of this paragraph, the Council shall specify for what undertakings revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations may be issued under each delegation made pursuant to this paragraph. Any District instrumentality may exercise the authority and the powers incident thereto delegated to it by the Council as described in the first sentence of this paragraph only in accordance with this paragraph and shall be consistent with this paragraph and the terms of the delegation.

(B) Revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations issued by a District instrumentality under a delegation of authority described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph shall be issued by resolution of that instrumentality, and any such resolution shall not be considered to be an act of the Council.

(C) Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed as restricting, impairing, or superseding the authority otherwise vested by law in any District instrumentality.

(b) No property owned by the United States may be mortgaged or made subject to any security interest to secure any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under subsection (a)(1) of this section.

(c) Any and all such revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations issued under subsection (a)(1) of this section shall not be general obligations of the District, shall not be a pledge of or involve the faith and credit or taxing power of the District (other than with respect to any dedicated taxes) and shall not constitute a debt of the District, and shall not constitute lending of the public credit for private undertakings for purposes of § 1-206.02(a)(2).

(d) Any and all such bonds, notes, or other obligations shall be issued pursuant to an act of the Council without the necessity of submitting the question of such issuance to the registered qualified electors of the District for approval or disapproval.

(e) Any act of the Council authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations under paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this section may:

(1) Briefly describe the purpose for which such bonds, notes, or other obligations are to be issued;

(2) Identify the act authorizing such purpose;

(3) Prescribe the form, terms, provisions, manner, and method of issuing and selling (including sale by negotiation or by competitive bid) such bonds, notes, or other obligations;

(4) Provide for the rights and remedies of the holders of such bonds, notes, or other obligations upon default;

(5) Prescribe any other details with respect to the issuance, sale, or securing of such bonds, notes, or other obligations; and

(6) Authorize the Mayor to take any actions in connection with the issuance, sale, delivery, security, and payment of such bonds, notes, or other obligations, including the prescribing of any terms or conditions not contained in such act of the Council.

(f) Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to:

(1) Any amount (including the amount of any accrued interest or premium) obligated or expended from the proceeds of the sale of any revenue bond, note, or other obligations issued under subsection (a)(1) of this section;

(2) Any amount obligated or expended for the payment of the principal of, interest on, or any premium for any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under subsection (a)(1) of this section;

(3) Any amount obligated or expended pursuant to provisions made to secure any revenue bond, note, or other obligations issued under subsection (a)(1) of this section; and

(4) Any amount obligated or expended pursuant to commitments made in connection with the issuance of revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations for repair, maintenance, and capital improvements relating to undertakings financed through any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under subsection (a)(1) of this section.

(g)(1) The Council may delegate to any housing finance agency established by it (whether established before or after April 12, 1980) the authority of the Council under subsection (a) of this section to issue revenue bonds, notes, and other obligations to borrow money to finance or assist in the financing of undertakings in the area of primarily low-and moderate-income housing. The Council shall define for the purposes of the preceding sentence what undertakings shall constitute undertakings in the area of primarily low-and moderate-income housing. Any such housing finance agency may exercise authority delegated to it by the Council as described in the first sentence of this paragraph (whether such delegation is made before or after April 12, 1980) only in accordance with this subsection.

(2) Revenue bonds, notes, and other obligations issued by a housing finance agency of the District under a delegation of authority described in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be issued by resolution of the agency, and any such resolution shall not be considered to be an act of the Council.

(3) Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to:

(A) Any amount (including the amount of any accrued interest or premium) obligated or expended from the proceeds of the sale of any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection;

(B) Any amount obligated or expended for the payment of the principal of, interest on, or any premium for any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection; and

(C) Any amount obligated or expended to secure any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection.

(h)(1) The Council may delegate to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority established pursuant to § 34-2202.02 the authority of the Council under subsection (a) of this section to issue revenue bonds, notes, and other obligations to borrow money to finance or assist in the financing or refinancing of undertakings in the area of utilities facilities, pollution control facilities, and water and sewer facilities (as defined in subsection (a)(5) of this section). The Authority may exercise authority delegated to it by the Council as described in the first sentence of this paragraph (whether such delegation is made before or after August 6, 1996) only in accordance with this subsection.

(2) Revenue bonds, notes, and other obligations issued by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority under a delegation of authority described in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be issued by resolution of the Authority, and any such resolution shall not be considered to be an act of the Council.

(3) Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to:

(A) Any amount (including the amount of any accrued interest or premium) obligated or expended from the proceeds of the sale of any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued pursuant to this subsection;

(B) Any amount obligated or expended for the payment of the principal of interest on, or any premium for any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued pursuant to this subsection;

(C) Any amount obligate or expended to secure any revenue bond, not, or other obligation issued pursuant to this subsection; or

(D) Any amount obligated or expended for repair, maintenance, and capital improvements to facilities financed pursuant to this subsection.

(i)(1) The Council may delegate to the District of Columbia Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation (hereafter in this subsection referred to as the “Corporation”) established pursuant to subchapter III of Chapter 18 of Title 7 the authority of the Council under subsection (a) to issue revenue bonds, notes, and other obligations which are used to borrow money to finance or assist in the financing or refinancing of capital projects and other undertakings of the District of Columbia and which are payable solely from and secured by payments under the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement. The Corporation may exercise authority delegated to it by the Council as described in the first sentence of this paragraph (whether such delegation is made before or after the date of the enactment of this subsection) only in accordance with this subsection and the provisions of subchapter III of Chapter 18 of Title 7.

(2) Revenue bonds, notes, and other obligations issued by the Corporation under a delegation of authority described in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be issued by resolution of the Corporation, and any such resolution shall not be considered to be an act of the Council.

(3) Section 1-204.46(c) shall not apply to:

(A) Any amount (including the amount of any accrued interest or premium) obligated or expended from the proceeds of the sale of any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued pursuant to this subsection;

(B) any amount obligated or expended for the payment of the principal of, interest on, or any premium for any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued pursuant to this subsection;

(C) any amount obligated or expended to secure any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued pursuant to this subsection; or

(D) any amount obligated or expended for repair, maintenance, and capital improvements to facilities financed pursuant to this subsection.

(4) In this subsection, the term “Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement” means the settlement agreement (and related documents), as may be amended from time to time, entered into on November 23, 1998, by the District of Columbia and leading United States tobacco product manufacturers.

(j) The revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations issued under subsection (a)(1) of this section are not general obligation bonds of the District government and shall not be included in determining the aggregate amount of all outstanding obligations subject to the limitation specified in § 1-206.03(b).

(k) The issuance of revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations by the District where the ultimate obligation to repay such revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations is that of one or more nongovernmental persons or entities may be authorized by resolution of the Council. The issuance of all other revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations by the District shall be authorized by act of the Council.

(l) During any control period (as defined in § 47-392.09), any act or resolution of the Council authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations under subsection (a)(1) of this section shall be submitted to the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority for certification in accordance with § 47-392.04. Any certification issued by the Authority during a control period shall be effective for purposes of this subsection for revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations issued pursuant to such act or resolution of the Council whether the revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations are issued during or subsequent to that control period.

(m) The following provisions of law shall not apply with respect to property acquired, held, and disposed of by the District in accordance with the terms of any lease-purchase financing authorized pursuant to subsection (a)(1) of this section:

(1) Chapter 8 of Title 10.

(2) Subchapter III of Chapter 13 of Title 16.

(3) Any other provision of District of Columbia law that prohibits or restricts lease-purchase financing.

(n) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) The term “revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations” means special fund bonds, notes, or other obligations (including refunding bonds, notes, or other obligations) used to borrow money to finance, assist in financing, refinance, or repay, restore or reimburse moneys used for purposes referred to in subsection (a)(1) of this section the principal of and interest, if any, on which are to be paid and secured in the manner described in this section and which are special obligations and to which the full faith and credit of the District of Columbia is not pledged.

(2) The term “District instrumentality” means any agency or instrumentality (including an independent agency or instrumentality), authority, commission, board, department, division, office, body, or officer of the District of Columbia government duly established by an act of the Council or by the laws of the United States, whether established before or after August 5, 1997.

(3) The term “available revenues” means gross revenues and receipts, other than general fund tax receipts, lawfully available for the purpose and not otherwise exclusively committed to another purpose, including enterprise funds, grants, subsidies, contributions, fees, dedicated taxes and fees, investment income and proceeds of revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations issued under this section.

(4) The term “enterprise fund” means a fund or account for operations that are financed or operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises, or established so that separate determinations may more readily be made periodically of revenues earned, expenses incurred, or net income for management control, accountability, capital maintenance, public policy, or other purposes.

(5) The term “dedicated taxes and fees” means taxes and surtaxes, portions thereof, tax increments, or payments in lieu of taxes, and fees that are dedicated pursuant to law to the payment of the debt service on revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations authorized under this section, the provision and maintenance of reserves for that purpose, or the provision of working capital for or the maintenance, repair, reconstruction or improvement of the undertaking to which the revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations relate.

(6) The term “tax increments” means taxes, other than the special tax provided for in § 1-204.81 and pledged to the payment of general obligation indebtedness of the District, allocable to the increase in taxable value of real property or the increase in sales tax receipts, each from a certain date or dates, in prescribed areas, to the extent that such increases are not otherwise exclusively committed to another purpose and as further provided for pursuant to an act of the Council.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 809, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 490; Dec. 28, 1977, 91 Stat. 1612, Pub. L. 95-218; Apr. 12, 1980, 94 Stat. 335, Pub. L. 96-235; Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 16; Oct. 15, 1982, 96 Stat. 1614, Pub. L. 97-328; Aug. 6, 1996, 110 Stat. 1696, Pub. L. 104-184, §§ 2(a), (b), (c)(1); Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 773, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11508; Nov. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 2440, Pub. L. 106-522, § 160(a)(1); July 25, 2013, D.C. Law 19-321, § 2(h), 60 DCR 1724.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-334.

1973 Ed., § 47-254.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.46, § 1-204.48, § 1-204.96, § 1-206.03, § 1-308.01, § 1-308.02, § 1-308.03, § 1-308.07, § 1-325.43, § 2-602, § 2-1217.02, § 2-1217.12, § 2-1217.33b, § 2-1217.33f, § 2-1217.34b, § 2-1217.34e, § 2-1217.71, § 2-1217.77, § 2-1217.79, § 2-1217.102, § 2-1217.103, § 2-1217.104, § 2-1217.132, § 2-1217.133, § 2-1217.137, § 6-209, § 7-1831.03, § 8-1778.02, § 8-1778.21, § 8-1778.22, § 8-1778.24, § 9-107.51, § 9-107.52, § 9-107.53, § 9-107.55, § 9-1108.01, § 10-1202.09, § 10-1221.02, § 10-1221.03, § 10-1601.02, § 10-1601.03, § 10-1602.02, § 10-1602.03, § 34-1311.02, § 34-1312.01, § 34-1312.04, § 34-2202.01, § 34-2202.08, § 42-2702.06, § 42-2812.02, § 42-2812.03, § 42-2812.04, § 44-951.16, § 47-131, § 47-334, § 47-335, § 47-340.01, § 47-340.04, § 47-340.26, § 47-340.27, § 47-340.29, § 47-340.31, § 47-398.06, § 47-1052, § 47-4611, § 47-4613, and § 50-2512.

Effect of Amendments

Public Law 106-522 redesignated subsections (i) through (m) as subsections (j) through (n), respectively; and added a new subsec. (i)

D.C. Law 19-321 substituted “ Section 1-204.46(c)” for “The fourth sentence of § 1-204.46” in (f), (g)(3), (h)(3), and (i)(3).

Cross References

General fund and special accounts, industrial revenue bond program, see § 47-131.

Housing finance agency, delegation of Council authority to issue revenue bonds, see § 42-2702.06.

National capital revitalization corporation; revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations, see § 2-1219.18.

Public parking authority, Council delegation of power to issue revenue bonds, see § 50-2512.

Sports and entertainment commission, bonds, issuance, terms, see § 3-1412.

Sports and entertainment commission, Council delegation of bond and note issuance authority, see § 3-1411.

Tax increment financing, bond authorization and forward commitment, see § 2-1217.02.

Washington convention center authority, delegation of council authority to issue bonds, see § 10-1202.09.

Water and sewer authority, delegation of Council authority to issue bonds, see § 34-2202.08.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of tax increment financing for retail development provisions, see § 2 of Retail Incentive Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-140, July 29, 2003, 50 DCR 6868).

For temporary (90 day) addition of tax increment financing for retail development, see §§ 2 to 17 of Retail Incentive Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-214, November 7, 2003, 50 DCR 10011).

For temporary (90 day) addition of tax increment financing for retail development, see §§ 2 to 17 of Retail Incentive Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-482, July 19, 2004, 51 DCR 7820).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) additions, see §§ 2 to 16 of Retail Incentive Temporary Act of 2003 (D.C. Law 15-58, December 9, 2003, law notification 51 DCR 1793).

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that the act shall take effect as provided in § 1-203.03.

Editor's Notes

Enactment upon adoption of federal legislation: Section 4 of D.C. Law 11-254 provided that “§§ 47-101, 47-117, 47-130, 47-301, 47-302, 47-303, 47-304, 47-304.1, 47-305, 47-310, 47-312, 47-317.1 through 47-317.6, 47-321 through 47-325, 47-327 through 47-331, and 47-332 through 47-334 of Title 47 §§ 1-204.41, 1-204.55, 1-204.50, 1-204.42, 1-204.43, 1-204.44, 1-204.46, 1-204.53, 1-204.47, 1-204.48, 1-204.49, 1-204.24a through 1-204.24e, 47-317.06, 1-204.61 through 1-204.65, 1-204.71 through 1-204.75, 1-204.81, 1-204.85, 1-204.86 and 1-204.90, 2001 Ed. of the District of Columbia Code shall be enacted as part of Title 47 upon the adoption by Congress of legislation so enacting these sections.”

Request for Congressional action: Pursuant to § 501(b) of D.C. Law 10-188, the Council of the District of Columbia requested that Congress amend § 490(h)(3) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act to read as follows:

“(3)(A) The fourth sentence of § 47-304 § 1-204.46 shall not apply to — (i) any amount (including the amount of any accrued interest or premium) obligated or expended from the proceeds of the sale of any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection. (ii) any amount obligated or expended for the payment of the principal of, interest on, or any premium for any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection. (iii) any amount obligated or expended to secure any revenue bond, note, or other obligation issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection, and. (iv) any amount obligated or expended for repair, maintenance, and capital improvements issued under paragraph (1) of this subsection.

“(B) Other operating obligations or expenditures shall be exempt from the fourth sentence of § 47-304 (§ 1-204.46, 2001 Ed.), except that if the operating obligations or expenditures are incurred prior to October 1, 1995, they shall be approved pursuant to the procedures set forth in § 47-304.1 (§ 1-204.53, 2001 Ed.).”

Oyster Elementary School Construction and Revenue Bonds: Section 169 of Pub. L. 105-277, the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999, provided that, notwithstanding § 1-206.02(c)(1) of the D. C. Code, the Oyster Elementary School Construction and Revenue Bond Act of 1998 D.C. Law 12-174 shall take effect on October 21, 1998.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-321: Section 3 of D.C. Law 19-321 provided that section 2 of the act shall apply as of January 1, 2014.

D.C. Law 19-321 was declared invalid by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in a memorandum opinion dated May 19, 2014, Civil Action No. 2014-0655. The court held that although the Council of the District of Columbia, the Mayor, and United States District Court for the District of Columbia are powerless to grant to the residents of the District of Columbia full budget autonomy, the United States Congress and the President of the United States are empowered to do so; and concluded that the Budget Autonomy Act was unlawful. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Gray, 42 F. Supp. 3d 134, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68055 (2014).

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued Order No. 14-7067, vacating the lower court’s judgment, dismissing the appeal, and remanding the case to the District Court with instructions to remand the case to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. See Council of the Dist. of Columbia v. Bowser, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8881 (2015). The amendments contained in D.C. Law 19-321 are codified in this section.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority under Ottenberg’s Bakers Inc., Projects Revenue Bond Act of 1984, see Mayor’s Order 84-188, October 23, 1984.

Delegation of functions under section 490(e)(6) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act of 1973 as amended: See Mayor’s Order 85-39, April 1, 1985.

Delegation of contracting authority, see Mayor’s Order 91-92, June 7, 1992.

Delegation of functions under s 490(e)(6) of the D.C. Self-Government and Government Reorganization Act of 1973, as amended, D.C. Code s 1-204.90(e)(6): See Mayor’s Orders 91-154, October 1, 1991; 92-73, June 16, 1992; 93-170, October 22, 1993.

Delegation of functions under Acts Authorizing the Issuance of Revenue Bonds, Notes and Other Obligations: See Mayor’s Order 93-104, July 15, 1993.

Delegation of Authority under the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, see Mayor’s Order 98-95, June 16, 1998 ( 45 DCR 4571).

Delegation of authority under sections 490(a)(4) and (e)(6) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, see Mayor’s Order 2000-1, January 7, 2000 ( 47 DCR 1011).

Delegation of authority under sections 490(a)(4) and (e)(6) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, as amended, and the George Washington University Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1999, see Mayor’s Order 2000-24, February 9, 2000 ( 47 DCR 1036).

Delegation of authority under sections 490(a)(4) and (e)(6) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, as amended, and the American Red Cross Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1999, see Mayor’s Order 2000-25, February 9, 2000 ( 47 DCR 1037).

Delegation of authority under sections 490(a)(4) and (e)(6) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, as amended, to the CFO with Respect to Bonds, Notes or Other Obligations of the Public Welfare Foundation, et al., see Mayor’s Order 2000-48, March 29, 2000 ( 47 DCR 4723).

Delegation of authority under sections 490(a)(4) and (e)(6) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, see Mayor’s Order 2000-69, April 28, 2000 ( 47 DCR 4751).

Delegation of authority under sections 490(a)(4) and (e)(6) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, as amended, Concerning Certain Industrial Revenue Bond Transactions, see Mayor’s Order 2000-90, June 7, 2000 ( 47 DCR 5268).

Delegation of authority under sections 490(a)(4) and (e)(6) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, as amended, Concerning Certain Industrial Revenue Bond Transactions, see Mayor’s Order 2000-103, June 27, 2000 ( 47 DCR 5785).

“Medlantic Healthcare Group, Inc., Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1995: Pursuant to Resolution 11-163, effective November 7, 1995, the Council approved the loan of proceeds from the issuance and sale of District of Columbia Revenue Bonds to Medlantic Healthcare Group, Inc., d/b/a Washington Hospital Center, and National Rehabilitation Hospital (‘Medlantic’).”

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-203, effective January 4, 1996, the Council approved the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Revenue Bond Project.

American University Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-416, effective July 3, 1996, the Council approved the loan of proceeds from the issuance and sale of District of Columbia revenue bonds to the American University Revenue Bond Project.

Georgetown University Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-417, effective July 3, 1996, the Council approved the loan of proceeds from the issuance and sale of District of Columbia revenue bonds to the Georgetown University Revenue Bond Project.

Howard University Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-418, effective July 3, 1996, the Council approved the loan of proceeds from the issuance and sale of District of Columbia revenue bonds to the Howard University Revenue Bond Project.

Lucy Webb Hayes National Training School for Deaconesses and Missionaries, in care of Sibley Memorial Hospital, Hospital Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-524, effective October 1, 1996, the Council approved the issuance, sale, and delivery of District of Columbia Revenue Bonds and the loan of proceeds thereof to assist in the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of costs related to the Lucy Webb Hayes National Training School for Deaconesses and Missionaries, in care of Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Individual Development, Inc. (Successor to We Care Projects, Inc.) Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1996: Pursuant to Resolution 11-670, effective December 3, 1996, the Council approved, on an emergency basis, the issuance, sale, and delivery of District of Columbia revenue bonds and the loan of proceeds thereof to assist in the financing, refinancing, or reimbursing of costs related to certain intermediate care residential facilities for the mentally retarded owned and operated by Individual Development, Inc. (Successor to We Care Projects, Inc.).

Resolution 13-97, the “Young Men’s Christian Association of Metropolitan Washington Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective March 16, 1999.

Resolution 13-99, the “Whitman-Walker Clinic Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective March 16, 1999.

Resolution 13-101, the “Georgetown University Revenue Refunding Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective March 16, 1999.

Resolution 13-127, the “Americans United for Separation of Church and State Revenue Bond Project Emergency Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective May 4, 1999.

Resolution 13-153, the “Army Distaff Foundation, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective June 8, 1999.

Resolution 13-155, the “Gems, Incorporated Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective June 8, 1999.

Resolution 13-207, the “Catholic University of America Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective July 6, 1999.

Resolution 13-209, the “President and Directors of Gonzaga College Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective July 6, 1999.

Resolution 13-211, the “Washington Home, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective July 6, 1999.

Resolution 13-213, the “Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective July 6, 1999.

Resolution 13-215, the “819 7th Street, LLC Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective July 6, 1999.

Resolution 13-217, the “Arnold & Porter Enterprise Zone Revenue Bonds Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective July 6, 1999.

Resolution 13-323, the “American Immigration Lawyers Association Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective October 5, 1999.

Resolution 13-341, the “American National Red Cross Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective November 2, 1999.

Resolution 13-342, the “George Washington University Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective November 2, 1999.

Resolution 13-358, the “800 8th Street, N.W., L.L.C. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective November 2, 1999.

Resolution 13-405, the “District of Columbia Tax Increment Revenue Bond Gallery Place Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 1999”, was approved effective December 7, 1999.

Resolution 13-500, the “Community Academy Public Charter School Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective March 7, 2000.

Resolution 13-502, the “Public Welfare Foundation, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective March 7, 2000.

Resolution 13-504, the “Smithsonian Institution Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective March 7, 2000.

Resolution 13-510, the “District of Columbia Tax Increment Revenue Bond Mandarin Hotel Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective March 7, 2000.

Resolution 13-526, the “American Chemical Society Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective April 18, 2000.

Resolution 13-540, the “Kingsbury Center, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective May 19, 2000.

Resolution 13-557, the “World Wildlife, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective June 6, 2000.

Resolution 13-559, the “National Geographic Society Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective June 6, 2000.

Resolution 13-561, the “Hotel 1225 LLC Enterprise Zone Facility Bonds Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective June 6, 2000.

Resolution 13-563, the “Fort Lincoln New Town/Premium Distributors, L.L.C. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective June 6, 2000.

Resolution 13-634, the “Fourteenth and Irving Ventures Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective July 11, 2000.

Resolution 13-636, the “National Child Day Care Association Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective July 11, 2000.

Resolution 13-638, the “St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective July 11, 2000.

Resolution 13-675, the “HF Enterprises Enterprise Zone Facility Bonds Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective October 3, 2000.

Resolution 13-713, the “Gallery Place Project Modification Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective November 8, 2000.

Resolution 13-733, the “MedStar Health Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective December 5, 2000.

Resolution 13-745, the “Mandarin Hotel Project Modification Approval Resolution of 2000”, was approved effective December 19, 2000.

Resolution 13-786, the ‘Gallery Place Project Bond Maturity Modification Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000’, was approved effective December 19, 2000.

Resolution 13-788, the ‘Tax Increment Revenue Notes International Spy Museum Emergency Approval Resolution of 2000’, was approved effective December 22, 2000.

Resolution 14-46, the ‘National Museum of Washington in the Arts Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective March 6, 2001.

Resolution 14-47, the ‘Seed Public Charter School of Washington, D.C., Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective March 6, 2001.

Resolution 14-48, the ‘Georgetown University Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective March 6, 2001.

Resolution 14-97, the ‘Trinity College Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective May 1, 2001.

Resolution 14-98, ‘The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective May 1, 2001.

Resolution 14-110, the ‘United Planning Organization Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective May 15, 2001.

Resolution 14-124, the ‘National Public Radio, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective June 5, 2001.

Resolution 14-140, ‘The Field School, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective June 26, 2001.

Resolution 14-141, the ‘Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective June 26, 2001.

Resolution 14-227, ‘Kmart Corporation Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective October 16, 2001.

Resolution 14-242, the ‘Crowell & Moring LLP Enterprise Zone Revenue Bonds Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective November 6, 2001.

Resolution 14-243, the ‘DC Arena L.P. Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved November 6, 2001.

Resolution 14-278, the ‘Penn Quarter Garage, L.L.C. Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2001’, was approved effective December 4, 2001.

Resolution 14-327, ‘Washington Very Special Arts, Inc., and WVSA School For Arts In Learning, Inc., Revenue Bond Project Emergency Approval Resolution of 2002’, was approved effective January 8, 2002.

Resolution 14-398, the ‘Children’s Hospital Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2002’, was approved effective April 9, 2002.

Resolution 14-399, the ‘Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc. of Washington, D.C. Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2002’, was approved effective April 9, 2002.

Resolution 14-400, the ‘Capital City Public Charter School, Inc. Revenue Bond Project Approval Resolution of 2002’, was approved effective April 9, 2002.


Part F. Independent Agencies and Authorities.

§ 1–204.91. Board of Elections amendments [Omitted]


Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-204.91 is omitted because the corresponding text of section 491 of Public Law 93-198 amended another law.


§ 1–204.92. Zoning Commission amendments [Omitted]


Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-204.92 is omitted because the corresponding text of section 492 of Public Law 93-198 amended another law.


§ 1–204.93. Public Service Commission.

There shall be a Public Service Commission whose function shall be to insure that every public utility doing business within the District of Columbia is required to furnish service and facilities reasonably safe and adequate and in all respects just and reasonable. The charge made by any such public utility for any facility or services furnished, or rendered, or to be furnished or rendered, shall be reasonable, just, and nondiscriminatory. Every unjust or unreasonable or discriminating charge for such facility or service is prohibited and is hereby declared unlawful.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 811, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 493(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 43-402.

1973 Ed., § 43-201a.

Editor's Notes

Deregulation of streetlighting service: Section 130 of H.R. 3067, amended by H.R. 99-419, incorporated in Pub. L. 99-190 by § 101(c), the D.C. Appropriation Act, 1986, provided that the Public Service Commission is authorized to order and to approve the deregulation of streetlighting service to the District of Columbia as provided in its opinion and order in Formal Case No. 813, dated July 12, 1984 (Order No. 8056), this section, § 34-1101, and § 34-1407, and provided that the provisions of this opinion and order regarding deregulation of streetlighting service are hereby ratified and declared to be in effect as of July 12, 1984 and shall continue to be in effect until revoked or rescinded.


§ 1–204.94. Armory Board amendments. [Omitted]


Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-204.94 is omitted because the corresponding text of section 494 of Public Law 93-198 amended another law.


§ 1–204.95. Board of Education. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 811, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 495; July 7, 2000, D.C. Law 13-159, § 2, 47 DCR 2212; June 1, 2007, 121 Stat. 223, Pub. L. 110-33, § 1(a)(2).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-101(a).

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.19, § 1-315.02, § 38-175, § 38-1101, § 38-1121, § 38-1201.03, and § 38-2651.

Effective Dates

Section 5 of D.C. Law 13-159 provided: “This act shall take effect following ratification by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum held for such purpose and a 35-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code § 1-203.03), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.”

Editor's Notes

Paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (a) expired on July 7, 2004.

In sections 901 to 903 of D.C. Law 17-9, the Council of the District of Columbia requested that Congress repeal this section.

Section 1 of Public Law 106-226 provided:

“Section 1. Waiver of congressional review period for school governance charter amendment act of 2000.

“Notwithstanding section 303 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act or any provision of the School Governance Charter Amendment Act of 2000, the School Governance Charter Amendment Act of 2000 shall take effect upon the date such Act is ratified by a majority of the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia voting in a referendum held to ratify such Act.”


§ 1–204.96. Independent financial management, personnel, and procurement authority of District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.

(a) Financial Management, Personnel, and Procurement Authority. — Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or any District of Columbia law, the financial management, personnel, and procurement functions and responsibilities of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority shall be established exclusively pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by its Board of Directors. Nothing in the previous sentence may be construed to affect the application to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority of § 1-204.45a, § 1-204.51(d), § 1-204.53(c), or § 1-204.90(g) [§ 1-204.90(h)].

(b) Consistency With Existing Authorizing Law. — The rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority to establish the financial management, personnel, and procurement functions and responsibilities of the Authority shall be consistent with the Water and Sewer Authority Establishment and Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996, as such Act is in effect as of January 1, 2008.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 811, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 496; as added July 15, 2008, 122 Stat. 2491, Pub. L. 110-273, § 3(a)(2).)

References in Text

The “Water and Sewer Authority Establishment and Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996,” referred to in subsec. (b), is D.C. Law 11-111, which is codified primarily as § 34-2201.01 et seq.


Part G. Initiatives, Referendums, and Recalls.

Subpart 1. Initiative and Referendum.

§ 1–204.101. Definitions.

(a) The term “initiative” means the process by which the electors of the District of Columbia may propose laws (except laws appropriating funds) and present such proposed laws directly to the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia for their approval or disapproval.

(b) The term “referendum” means the process by which the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia may suspend acts of the Council of the District of Columbia (except emergency acts, acts levying taxes, or acts appropriating funds for the general operation budget) until such acts have been presented to the registered qualified electors of the District of Columbia for their approval or rejection.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-281.

1973 Ed., § 1-181.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1001.02.

Cross References

Elections, “proposer” defined, see § 1-1001.02.


§ 1–204.102. Process.

(a) An initiative or referendum may be proposed by the presentation of a petition to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics containing the signatures of registered qualified electors equal in number to 5 percent of the registered electors in the District of Columbia: Provided, that the total signatures submitted include 5 percent of the registered electors in each of 5 or more of the City’s wards. The number of registered electors which is used for computing these requirements shall be according to the latest official count of registered electors by the Board of Elections and Ethics which was issued 30 or more days prior to submission of the signatures for the particular initiative or referendum petition.

(b)(1) Upon the presentation of a petition for a referendum to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics as provided in this section, the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics shall notify the appropriate custodian of the act of the Council of the District of Columbia (either the President of the United States or the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives) as provided in §§ 1-204.04 and 1-204.46 and the President of the United States or the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall, as is appropriate, return such act or portion of such act to the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia. No further action may be taken upon such act or portion of such act until after a referendum election is held.

(2) No act is subject to referendum if it has become law according to the provisions of § 1-204.04.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199; June 7, 1979, D.C. Law 3-1, § 5, 25 DCR 9454.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-282.

1973 Ed., § 1-182.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.103 and § 1-204.112.


§ 1–204.103. Submission of measure at election.

The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics shall submit an initiative measure without alteration at the next general, special, or primary election held at least 90 days after the measure is received. The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics shall hold an election on a referendum measure within 114 days of its receipt of a petition as provided in § 1-204.102. If a previously scheduled general, primary, or special election will occur between 54 and 114 days of its receipt of a petition as provided in § 1-204.102, the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics may present the referendum at that election.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-283.

1973 Ed., § 1-183.


§ 1–204.104. Rejection of measure.

If a majority of the registered qualified electors voting on a referred act vote to disapprove the act, such action shall be deemed a rejection of the act or that portion of the act on the referendum ballot and no action may be taken by the Council of the District of Columbia with regard to the matter presented at referendum for the 365 days following the date of the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics’ certification of the vote concerning the referendum.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-284.

1973 Ed., § 1-184.

Editor's Notes

Rejection of Initiative on Mandatory Life Imprisonment or Death Penalty for Murder in the District of Columbia: Section 138 of Pub. L. 102-382, 106 Stat. 1436, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1993, provided an initiative measure which would have increased the penalty for first-degree murder in the District of Columbia to a sentence of death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole; the initiative was rejected at the general election held on November 3, 1992.


§ 1–204.105. Approval of measure.

If a majority of the registered qualified electors voting in a referendum approve an act or adopt legislation by initiative, then the adopted initiative or the act approved by referendum shall be an act of the Council upon the certification of the vote on such initiative or act by the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, and such act shall become law subject to the provisions of § 1-206.02(c).


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199; Oct. 27, 1978, 92 Stat. 2023, Pub. L. 95-526.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-285.

1973 Ed., § 1-185.


§ 1–204.106. Short title and summary.

The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics shall be empowered to propose a short title and summary of the initiative and referendum matter which accurately reflects the intent and meaning of the proposed referendum or initiative. Any citizen may petition the Superior Court of the District of Columbia no later than 30 days prior to the election at which the initiative or referendum will be held for a writ in the nature of mandamus to correct any inaccurate short title and summary by the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics and to mandate that Board to properly state the summary of the initiative or referendum measure.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199; Oct. 27, 1978, 92 Stat. 2023, Pub. L. 95-526.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-286.

1973 Ed., § 1-186.


§ 1–204.107. Adoption of acts to carry out subpart.

The Council of the District of Columbia shall adopt such acts as are necessary to carry out the purpose of this subpart within 180 days of the effective date of this subpart. Neither a petition initiating an initiative nor a referendum may be presented to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics prior to October 1, 1978.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199; Oct. 27, 1978, 92 Stat. 2023, Pub. L. 95-526.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-287.

1973 Ed., § 1-187.


Subpart 2. Recall of Elected Officials.

§ 1–204.111. “Recall” defined.

The term “recall” means the process by which the qualified electors of the District of Columbia may call for the holding of an election to remove or retain an elected official of the District of Columbia (except the Delegate to Congress for the District of Columbia) prior to the expiration of his or her term.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-291.

1973 Ed., § 1-191.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1001.17.

Cross References

Elections, recall of elected officials, see § 1-1001.17.


§ 1–204.112. Process.

Any elected officer of the District of Columbia government (except the Delegate to Congress for the District of Columbia) may be recalled by the registered electors of the election ward from which he or she was elected or by the registered electors of the District of Columbia at large in the case of an at-large elected officer, whenever a petition demanding his or her recall, signed by 10 percent of the registered electors thereof, is filed with the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. The 10 percent shall be computed from the total number of the registered electors from the ward, according to the latest official count of registered electors by the Board of Elections and Ethics which was issued 30 or more days prior to submission of the signatures for the particular recall petition. In the case of an at-large elected official, the 10 percent shall include 10 percent of the registered electors in each of 5 or more of the City’s wards. The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics shall hold an election within 114 days of its receipt of a petition as provided in § 1-204.102. If a previously scheduled general, primary, or special election will occur between 54 and 114 days of its receipt of a petition as provided in § 1-204.102, then the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics may present the recall question at that election.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199; June 7, 1979, D.C. Law 3-1, § 5, 25 DCR 9454.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-292.

1973 Ed., § 1-192.


§ 1–204.113. Time limits on initiation of process.

The process of recalling an elected official may not be initiated within the first 365 days nor the last 365 days of his or her term of office. Nor may the process be initiated within 1 year after a recall election has been determined in his or her favor.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-293.

1973 Ed., § 1-193.


§ 1–204.114. When official removed; filling of vacancies.

An elected official is removed from office if a majority of the qualified electors voting in the election vote to remove him or her. The vacancy created by such recall shall be filled in the same manner as other vacancies as provided in §§ 1-204.01(d) and 1-204.21(c)(2) and § 1-1001.10(a).


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-294.

1973 Ed., § 1-194.


§ 1–204.115. Adoption of acts to carry out subpart.

The Council of the District of Columbia shall adopt such acts as are necessary to carry out the purpose of this subpart within 180 days of October 27, 1978. No petition for recall may be presented to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics prior to October 1, 1978.


(Mar. 10, 1978, D.C. Law 2-46, § 2, 24 DCR 199.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-295.

1973 Ed., § 1-195.

Cross References

Elections, recall of elected officials, see § 1-1001.17.


Subchapter V. Federal Payment.

§ 1–205.01. Duties of the Mayor, Council, and Federal Office of Management and Budget. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 812, Pub. L. 93-198, title V, § 501; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 777, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11601(a)(1).)


§ 1–205.02. Authorization of appropriations. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 813, Pub. L. 93-198, title V, § 502; Aug. 29, 1994, 88 Stat. 793, Pub. L. 93-395, § 1(7); Aug. 6, 1981, 95 Stat. 150, Pub. L. 97-30; Oct. 15, 1982, 96 Stat. 1626, Pub L. 97-34; Aug. 2, 1983, 97 Stat. 367, Pub. L. 98-65; June 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 242, Pub. L. 98-316; Nov. 8, 1984, 98 Stat. 3369, Pub. L. 98-621, § 9(c)(2); Dec. 12, 1989, 103 Stat. 1901, Pub. L. 101-223, § 2(a); Aug. 17, 1991, 105 Stat. 495, Pub. L. 102-102, § 2(a); Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 777. Pub. L. 105-33, § 11601(a)(1).)


§ 1–205.03. Federal payment formula.

Repealed.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 813, Pub. L. 93-198, title V, § 503; as added Aug. 17, 1991, 105 Stat. 495, Pub. L. 102-102, § 2(b); Oct. 19, 1994, 108 Stat. 3488, Pub. L. 103-373, § 2; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 142, Pub. L. 104-8, § 301(e); Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 777, Pub. L. 105-33, § 11601(a)(1).)


Subchapter VI. Reservation of Congressional Authority.

§ 1–206.01. Retention of constitutional authority.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the Congress of the United States reserves the right, at any time, to exercise its constitutional authority as legislature for the District, by enacting legislation for the District on any subject, whether within or without the scope of legislative power granted to the Council by this chapter, including legislation to amend or repeal any law in force in the District prior to or after enactment of this chapter and any act passed by the Council.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 813, Pub. L. 93-198, title VI, § 601.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-206.

1973 Ed., § 1-126.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-203.02, § 1-203.03, and § 1-204.04.

Cross References

Budget and financial management, borrowing and spending limitations, see § 1-206.03.


§ 1–206.02. Limitations on the Council.

(a) The Council shall have no authority to pass any act contrary to the provisions of this chapter except as specifically provided in this chapter, or to:

(1) Impose any tax on property of the United States or any of the several states;

(2) Lend the public credit for support of any private undertaking;

(3) Enact any act, or enact any act to amend or repeal any Act of Congress, which concerns the functions or property of the United States or which is not restricted in its application exclusively in or to the District;

(4) Enact any act, resolution, or rule with respect to any provision of Title 11 (relating to organization and jurisdiction of the District of Columbia courts);

(5) Impose any tax on the whole or any portion of the personal income, either directly or at the source thereof, of any individual not a resident of the District (the terms “individual” and “resident” to be understood for the purposes of this paragraph as they are defined in § 47-1801.04);

(6) Enact any act, resolution, or rule which permits the building of any structure within the District of Columbia in excess of the height limitations contained in § 6-601.05, and in effect on December 24, 1973;

(7) Enact any act, resolution, or regulation with respect to the Commission on Mental Health;

(8) Enact any act or regulation relating to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia or any other court of the United States in the District other than the District courts, or relating to the duties or powers of the United States Attorney or the United States Marshal for the District of Columbia;

(9) Enact any act, resolution, or rule with respect to any provision of Title 23 (relating to criminal procedure), or with respect to any provision of any law codified in Title 22 or 24 (relating to crimes and treatment of prisoners), or with respect to any criminal offense pertaining to articles subject to regulation under Chapter 45 of Title 22 during the 48 full calendar months immediately following the day on which the members of the Council first elected pursuant to this chapter take office; or

(10) Enact any act, resolution, or rule with respect to the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority established under § 47-391.01(a).

(b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as vesting in the District government any greater authority over the National Zoological Park, the National Guard of the District of Columbia, the Washington Aqueduct, the National Capital Planning Commission, or, except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, over any federal agency, than was vested in the Commissioner prior to January 2, 1975.

(c)(1) Except acts of the Council which are submitted to the President in accordance with Chapter 11 of Title 31, United States Code, any act which the Council determines, according to § 1-204.12(a), should take effect immediately because of emergency circumstances, and acts proposing amendments to subchapter IV of this chapter and except as provided in § 1-204.62(c) and § 1-204.72(d)(1) the Chairman of the Council shall transmit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the President of the Senate, a copy of each act passed by the Council and signed by the Mayor, or vetoed by the Mayor and repassed by two-thirds of the Council present and voting, each act passed by the Council and allowed to become effective by the Mayor without his signature, and each initiated act and act subject to referendum which has been ratified by a majority of the registered qualified electors voting on the initiative or referendum. Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, such act shall take effect upon the expiration of the 30-calendar-day period (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and any day on which neither House is in session because of an adjournment sine die, a recess of more than 3 days, or an adjournment of more than 3 days) beginning on the day such act is transmitted by the Chairman to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate, or upon the date prescribed by such act, whichever is later, unless during such 30-day period, there has been enacted into law a joint resolution disapproving such act. In any case in which any such joint resolution disapproving such an act has, within such 30-day period, passed both Houses of Congress and has been transmitted to the President, such resolution, upon becoming law, subsequent to the expiration of such 30-day period, shall be deemed to have repealed such act, as of the date such resolution becomes law. The provisions of § 1-206.04, except subsections (d), (e), and (f) of such section, shall apply with respect to any joint resolution disapproving any act pursuant to this paragraph.

(2) In the case of any such act transmitted by the Chairman with respect to any act codified in Title 22, 23, or 24 of the District of Columbia Code, such act shall take effect at the end of the 60-day period beginning on the day such act is transmitted by the Chairman to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate unless, during such 60-day period, there has been enacted into law a joint resolution disapproving such act. In any case in which any such joint resolution disapproving such an act has, within such 60-day period, passed both Houses of Congress and has been transmitted to the President, such resolution, upon becoming law subsequent to the expiration of such 60-day period shall be deemed to have repealed such act, as of the date such resolution becomes law. The provisions of § 1-206.04, relating to an expedited procedure for consideration of joint resolutions, shall apply to a joint resolution disapproving such act as specified in this paragraph.

(3) The Council shall submit with each Act transmitted under this subsection an estimate of the costs which will be incurred by the District of Columbia as a result of the enactment of the act in each of the first 4 fiscal years for which the act is in effect, together with a statement of the basis for such estimate.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 813, Pub. L. 93-198, title VI, § 602; Sept. 7, 1976, 90 Stat. 1220, Pub. L. 94-402; Oct. 27, 1978, 92 Stat. 2023, Pub. L. 95-526; Dec. 23, 1981, 95 Stat. 1493, Pub. L. 97-105, § 17; Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1974, Pub. L. 98-473, § 131(d)-(g); Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 107, 142, Pub. L. 104-8, §§ 108(b)(2), 301(d)(1).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-233.

1973 Ed., § 1-147.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.04, § 1-204.46, § 1-204.62, § 1-204.72, § 1-204.75, § 1-204.90, § 1-204.105, § 1-207.18, § 1-308.06, § 1-1001.16, § 1-1021.04, § 2-1217.33f, § 2-1217.33i, § 2-1217.34e, § 2-1217.34i, § 2-1217.78, § 2-1217.104, § 2-1217.112, § 2-1217.137, § 2-1217.140, § 6-1115, § 7-228, § 7-840, § 7-1208.07, § 7-1306.05, § 8-1778.24, § 8-1778.27, § 9-107.55, § 9-107.58, § 10-1221.06, § 10-1221.10, § 10-1601.03, § 10-1602.03, § 32-1545, § 34-1312.04, § 34-1312.07, § 34-2202.10, § 42-2812.04, § 42-2812.09, § 44-951.16, § 45-305, § 47-340.04, § 47-340.09, § 47-340.31, § 47-392.02, § 47-392.03, § 47-398.01, § 47-1401, and § 47-1806.04.

Cross References

Budget and financial management, issuance of general obligation bonds, see § 1-204.62.

Budget and financial management, permitting designated authority to borrow funds for preconstruction activities, convention center and sports arena authorization, see § 47-398.01.

Budget and financial management, review of Council acts, see § 47-392.03.

Budget and financial management, revisions to financial plan or budget not affecting appropriations, see § 47-392.02.

Council authority, limitations on power to repeal or alter any provision of subchapter III of chapter 73 of title 5, United States Code, restrictions on political activity, see § 1-207.61.

Elections, general provisions, effective date, see § 1-1021.04.

Elections, initiatives and referenda, see § 1-1001.16.

Law revision commission, chapter effective date, see § 45-305.

Mental health information, chapter effective date, see § 7-1208.07.

Prevention of blindness in infants, newborn screening, effective date, see § 7-840.

Qualified high technology companies, allocation of assistance funds, see § 2-1221.03.

Revenue anticipation notes, issuance, effective date, see § 1-204.72.

Revenue bonds and other obligations, authority of Council, see § 1-204.90.

Rhodes tavern, historic landmark and historic district protection, effective date, see § 6-1115.

Rights of mentally retarded citizens, chapter effective date, see § 7-1306.05.

Tax, residents and nonresidents, credits, effective date, see § 47-1806.04.

Vital records system, effective date, see § 7-228.

Workers’ compensation, chapter effective date, see § 32-1545.

References in Text

“Chapter 11 of Title 31, United States Code”, referred to in the first sentence in paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of this section, was substituted for “the Budget and Accounting Act, 1921 ( 31 U.S.C. § 1 et seq.)” on authority of § 4(b) of the Act of September 13, 1982, Pub. L. 97-258.

Editor's Notes

Waiver of Congressional review for certain revenue bond acts: Section 1 of Pub. L. 99-242 amended § 2 of Pub. L. 99-216 to include also D.C. Laws 6-78 and 6-79. Section 2 provided that they should take effect as if included in Pub. L. 99-216, with certain restrictions.

Section 2 of Pub. L. 99-216 also waived Congressional review for D.C. Laws 6-75 and 6-70, providing that they take effect on the date of enactment of the public law, which was approved Dec. 26, 1985.

Waiver of Congressional review for certain revenue bond acts: Section 136(a) of H.R. 3067, amended by H.R. 99-419, incorporated in Pub. L. 99-190 by § 101(c), the D.C. Appropriation Act, 1986, provided that § 602(c) of the Self-Government Act (Pub. L. 93-198) shall not apply to certain acts authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds. Section 136(b) of H.R. 3067 provided that the subject revenue bond acts shall take effect on the date of enactment of the act. Pub. L. 99-190 was approved Dec. 19, 1985. The revenue bond acts subject to waiver of review, set forth in § 136(c) of H.R. 3067, are The Georgetown University Higher Education Facilities Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-75), The Sibley Memorial Hospital Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-70), The Forrest Marbury House Project Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-86), The American University Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-78), and The George Washington University Revenue Bond Act of 1985 (D.C. Law 6-79). D.C. Schedule of Heights Amendment disapproved by Congress: Pursuant to Pub. L. 102-11, 105 Stat. 33, effective March 12, 1991, it was resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the Congress hereby disapproves of the action of the District of Columbia Council described as follows: The Schedule of Heights Amendment Act of 1990 (D.C. Act 8-329), signed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia on December 27, 1990, and transmitted to Congress pursuant to section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act on January 15, 1991.

Borrowing of funds for arena preconstruction activities: For provisions permitting a designated authority to borrow funds for preconstruction activities relating to Gallery Place Sports Arena, see § 47-398.01.

Application of § 301(d)(1) of Pub. L. 104-8: Section 301(d)(2) of Pub. L. 104-8, 109 Stat. 142, provided that the amendment made by paragraph (d)(1) shall apply to Acts of the Council transmitted on or after October 1, 1995.

Fiscal year: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 1-203.03.

Congressional Disapproval of Acts of the Council

Congress has utilized its authority under subsection (c) of this section to nullify the following acts of the Council of the District of Columbia:

(1) The Location of Chanceries Act of 1979, D.C. Act 3-120, adopted on final reading by the Council October 9, 1979, signed by the Mayor November 9, 1979 ( 26 DCR 2188). Disapproval was effective December 20, 1979.

(2) The District of Columbia Sexual Assault Reform Act of 1981, D.C. Act 4-69, adopted on final reading by the Council July 14, 1981, signed by the Mayor July 2, 1981 ( 28 DCR 3409). Disapproval was effective October 1, 1981.

(3) The Schedule of Heights Amendment Act of 1990, Act 8-329, adopted on final reading by the Council December 18, 1990, signed by the Mayor December 27, 1990 ( 38 DCR 369). The disapproval was effective on March 21, 1991.

At the time of the disapproval of the first act, section 602(c)(1) of the Home Rule Act required both Houses of Congress to adopt a concurrent resolution disapproving the act. Act 3-120 was disapproved by both Houses of Congress in S.Con.Res.63 (in Lieu of H.Con.Res.228).

Act 4-69 would have amended titles 22 and 23 of the District of Columbia Code. At the time of the disapproval, section 602(c)(2) provided that either House of Congress could adopt a resolution disapproving an act of the Council that amended or would be codified in titles 22, 23, or 24. Act 4-69 was disapproved by one House of Congress, the House of Representatives, in H.Res.208.

By the time the Council transmitted Act 8-329 to Congress, the Supreme Court had decided, in Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chada, 462 U.S. 919, 103 S. Ct. 2764 (1983), that a provision of the Immigration and Naturalization Act that allowed one House of Congress to invalidate a decision of the Executive Branch violated the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers. Congress amended the Home Rule Act to conform with the Chada decision. Section 602 was amended to require that in order to disapprove an act of the Council, both Houses of Congress must pass a joint resolution that would then require the signature of the President. Act 8-329 was disapproved by joint resolution of Congress and signature of the President and became Public Law 102-11.


§ 1–206.03. Budget process; limitations on borrowing and spending.

(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as making any change in existing law, regulation, or basic procedure and practice relating to the respective roles of the Congress, the President, the federal Office of Management and Budget, and the Comptroller General of the United States in the preparation, review, submission, examination, authorization, and appropriation of the total budget of the District of Columbia government.

(b)(1) No general obligation bonds (other than bonds to refund outstanding indebtedness) or Treasury capital project loans shall be issued during any fiscal year in an amount which would cause the amount of principal and interest required to be paid both serially and into a sinking fund in any fiscal year on the aggregate amounts of all outstanding general obligation bonds and such Treasury loans, to exceed 17% of the District revenues (less any fees or revenues directed to servicing revenue bonds, any revenues, charges, or fees dedicated for the purposes of water and sewer facilities described in § 1-204.90(a) (including fees or revenues directed to servicing or securing revenue bonds issued for such purposes), retirement contributions, revenues from retirement systems, and revenues derived from such Treasury loans and the sale of general obligation or revenue bonds) which the Mayor estimates, and the District of Columbia Auditor certifies, will be credited to the District during the fiscal year in which the bonds will be issued. Treasury capital project loans include all borrowings from the United States Treasury, except those funds advanced to the District by the Secretary of the Treasury under the provisions of §§ 47-3401 through 47-3401.05.

(2) Obligations incurred pursuant to the authority contained in subchapter II of Chapter 3 of Title 3, obligations incurred by the agencies transferred or established by §§ 1-202.01 and 1-202.02, whether incurred before or after such transfer or establishment, and obligations incurred pursuant to general obligation bonds of the District of Columbia issued prior to October 1, 1996, for the financing of Department of Public Works, Water and Sewer Utility Administration capital projects, shall not be included in determining the aggregate amount of all outstanding obligations subject to the limitation specified in the preceding paragraph.

(3) The 17% limitation specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be calculated in the following manner:

(A) Determine the dollar amount equivalent to 17% of the District revenues (less any fees or revenues directed to servicing revenue bonds, any revenues, charges, or fees dedicated for the purposes of water and sewer facilities described in § 1-204.90(a) (including fees or revenues directed to servicing or securing revenue bonds issued for such purposes, retirement contributions, revenues from retirement systems, and revenues derived from such Treasury loans and the sale of general obligation or revenue bonds) which the Mayor estimates, and the District of Columbia Auditor certifies, will be credited to the District during the fiscal year for which the bonds will be issued;

(B) Determine the actual total amount of principal and interest to be paid in each fiscal year for all outstanding general obligation bonds (less the allocable portion of principal and interest to be paid during the year on general obligation bonds of the District of Columbia issued prior to October 1, 1996, for the financing of Department of Public Works, Water and Sewer Utility Administration capital projects) and such Treasury loans;

(C) Determine the amount of principal and interest to be paid during each fiscal year over the term of the proposed general obligation bond or such Treasury loan to be issued; and

(D) If in any 1 fiscal year the sum arrived at by adding subparagraphs (B) and (C) of this paragraph exceeds the amount determined under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph then the proposed general obligation bond or such Treasury loan in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph cannot be issued.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (f) of this section, the Council shall not approve any budget which would result in expenditures being made by the District government, during any fiscal year, in excess of all resources which the Mayor estimates will be available from all funds available to the District for such fiscal year. The budget shall identify any tax increases which shall be required in order to balance the budget as submitted. The Council shall be required to adopt such tax increases to the extent its budget is approved. For the purposes of this section, the Council shall use a federal payment amount not to exceed the amount authorized by Congress.

(d) Except as provided in subsection (f) of this section, the Mayor shall not forward to the President for submission to Congress a budget which is not balanced according to the provision of subsection (c) of this section.

(e) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as affecting the applicability to the District government of the provisions of §§ 1341, 1342, and 1349 to 1351 and subchapter II of Chapter 15 of Title 31, United States Code.

(f) In the case of a fiscal year which is a control year (as defined in § 47-393(4)), the Council may not approve, and the Mayor may not forward to the President, any budget which is not consistent with the financial plan and budget established for the fiscal year under part B of subchapter VII of Chapter 3 of Title 47.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 814, Pub. L. 93-198, title VI, § 603; Apr. 17, 1995, 109 Stat. 115, Pub. L. 104-8, § 202(f)(1); Aug. 6, 1996, 110 Stat. 1697, Pub. L. 104-184, § 3; enacted, Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-254, § 2, 44 DCR 1575; Aug. 5, 1997, 111 Stat. 754, Pub. L. 105-33, §§ 11243(e), 11601(b)(1)(C), 11601(b)(1)(D), 11602(b), 11604.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-313.

1973 Ed., § 47-228.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.24e, § 1-204.43, § 1-204.45a, § 1-204.48, § 1-204.61, § 1-204.75, § 1-204.87, § 1-204.90, § 1-207.23, § 1-301.86, § 1-301.115a, § 1-1162.07, § 34-2202.10, § 38-2652, § 42-2802, § 44-951.16, § 47-306, § 47-317.03a, § 47-318, § 47-340.30, § 47-392.14, § 47-398.01, § 47-398.02, and § 47-1806.03.

Cross References

Council, powers and duties, see § 1-204.04.

Procurement organization, office of the inspector general, powers and duties, reports, see § 1-301.115a.

Sanitary sewage works, rates and charges agreements with Maryland and Virginia, see § 1-204.87.

Self-government, district charter amendments, see § 1-203.03.

Self-government, legislative power of District, see § 1-203.02.

Water and sewer authority, budget, see § 1-204.45a.

References in Text

“§§ 1341, 1342, and 1349 to 1351 and subchapter II of Chapter 15 of Title 31, United States Code,” referred to in subsection (e) of this section, was substituted for “§ 3679 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (s 665 of Title 31, United States Code), the so-called Anti-Deficiency Act” on authority of § 4(b) of Pub. L. 97-258, approved September 13, 1982.

Editor's Notes

Borrowing of funds for arena preconstruction activities: For provisions permitting a designated authority to borrow funds for preconstruction activities relating to Gallery Place Sports Arena, see § 47-398.01.

Revenues as security for arena construction borrowing: For provisions permitting certain District revenues to be pledged as security for borrowing for preconstruction activities relating to Gallery Place Sports Arena, see § 47-398.02.


§ 1–206.04. Congressional action on certain District matters.

(a) This section is enacted by Congress:

(1) As an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively, and as such these provisions are deemed a part of the rule of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in that House in the case of resolutions described by this section; and they supersede other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and

(2) With full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rule (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.

(b) For the purpose of this section, “resolution” means only a joint resolution, the matter after the resolving clause of which is as follows: “That the . . . . . . . . . . approves/disapproves of the action of the District of Columbia Council described as follows: . . . . . . . . . .”, the blank spaces therein being appropriately filled, and either approval or disapproval being appropriately indicated; but does not include a resolution which specifies more than 1 action.

(c) A resolution with respect to Council action shall be referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia of the House of Representatives, or the Committee on the District of Columbia of the Senate, by the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case may be.

(d) If the Committee to which a resolution has been referred has not reported it at the end of 20 calendar days after its introduction, it is in order to move to discharge the Committee from further consideration of any other resolution with respect to the same Council action which has been referred to the Committee.

(e) A motion to discharge may be made only by an individual favoring the resolution, is highly privileged (except that it may not be made after the Committee has reported a resolution with respect to the same action), and debate thereon shall be limited to not more than 1 hour, to be divided equally between those favoring and those opposing the resolution. An amendment to the motion is not in order, and it is not in order to move to reconsider the vote by which the motion is agreed to or disagreed to.

(f) If the motion to discharge is agreed to or disagreed to, the motion may not be renewed, nor may another motion to discharge the Committee be made with respect to any other resolution with respect to the same action.

(g) When the Committee has reported, or has been discharged from further consideration of, a resolution, it is at any time thereafter in order (even though a previous motion to the same effect has been disagreed to) to move to proceed to the consideration of the resolution. The motion is highly privileged and is not debatable. An amendment to the motion is not in order, and it is not in order to move to reconsider the vote by which the motion is agreed to or disagreed to.

(h) Debate on the resolution shall be limited to not more than 10 hours, which shall be divided equally between those favoring and those opposing the resolution. A motion further to limit debate is not debatable. An amendment to, or motion to recommit, the resolution is not in order, and it is not in order to move to reconsider the vote by which the resolution is agreed to or disagreed to.

(i) Motions to postpone made with respect to the discharge from Committee or the consideration of a resolution, and motions to proceed to the consideration of other business, shall be decided without debate.

(j) Appeals from the decisions of the chair relating to the application of the rules of the Senate or the House of Representatives, as the case may be, to the procedure relating to a resolution shall be decided without debate.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 816, Pub. L. 93-198, title VI, § 604; Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1975, Pub. L. 98-473, § 131(h).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-207.

1973 Ed., § 1-127.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-203.03 and § 1-206.02.

Editor's Notes

Fiscal year: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 1-203.03.


Subchapter VII. Referendum; Succession in Government; Temporary Provisions; Miscellaneous; Amendments to District of Columbia Elections Act; Rules of Construction; and Effective Dates.

Part A. Charter Referendum.

§ 1–207.01. Referendum.

On a date to be fixed by the Board of Elections, not more than five months after December 24, 1973 a referendum (in this part referred to as the “charter referendum”) shall be conducted to determine whether the registered qualified electors of the District accept the charter set forth in subchapter IV of this chapter.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 701.)


§ 1–207.02. Board of Elections authority.

(a) The Board of Elections shall conduct the charter referendum and certify the results thereof as provided in this part.

(b) Notwithstanding the fact that such section does not otherwise take effect unless the charter is accepted under this subchapter, the applicable provision of part E of this subchapter shall govern the Board of Elections in the performance of its duties under this chapter.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 702.)


§ 1–207.03. Referendum ballot and notice of voting.

(a) The charter referendum ballot shall contain the following, with a blank space appropriately filled:

“The District of Columbia Home Rule Act, enacted _____ , proposes to establish a charter for the governance of the District of Columbia, but provides that the charter shall take effect only if it is accepted by a majority of the registered qualified voters of the District voting on this issue.

“Indicate in one of the squares provided below whether you are for or against the charter.

“□ For the charter

“□ Against the charter.

“In addition, the Act referred to above authorizes the establishment of advisory neighborhood councils if a majority of the registered qualified voters of the District voting on this issue in this referendum vote for the establishment of such councils.

“Indicate in one of the squares provided below whether you are for or against the establishment of Advisory Neighborhood Councils.

“□ For Advisory Neighborhood Councils

“□ Against Advisory Neighborhood Councils.”

(b) Voting may be by paper ballot or by voting machine. The Board of Elections may make such changes in the second and fourth paragraphs of the charter referendum ballot as it determines to be necessary to permit the use of voting machines if such machines are used.

(c) Not less than five days before the date of the charter referendum, the Board of Elections shall mail to each registered qualified elector (1) a sample of the charter referendum ballot, and (2) information showing the polling place of such elector and the date and hours of voting.

(d) Not less than one day before the charter referendum, the Board of Elections shall publish, in one or more newspapers of general circulation published in the District, a list of the polling places and the date and hours of voting.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 703; Apr. 24, 1974, 88 Stat. 93, Pub. L. 93-272, § 1.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.38.


§ 1–207.04. Acceptance or nonacceptance of Charter.

(a) If a majority of the registered qualified electors voting in the charter referendum vote for the charter, the charter shall be considered accepted as of the time the Board of Elections certifies the result of the charter referendum to the President of the United States, as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) The Board of Elections shall, within a reasonable time, but in no event more than thirty days after the date of the charter referendum, certify the result of the charter referendum to the President of the United States and to the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 704.)

Editor's Notes

On May 17, 1974, the District of Columbia Board of Elections certified the results of the election of May 7, 1974, where a majority of the registered qualified voters of the District, voting on the issues of the establishment of the District Charter (subchapter IV of Chapter 2 of Title 1) and the establishment of Advisory Neighborhood Councils, voted in favor of both issues. See 21 DCR 651.


Part B. Succession in Government.

§ 1–207.11. Abolishment of existing government and transfer of functions.

The District of Columbia Council, the Offices of Chairman of the District of Columbia Council, Vice Chairman of the District of Columbia Council, and the 7 other members of the District of Columbia Council, and the Offices of the Commissioner of the District of Columbia and Assistant to the Commissioner of the District of Columbia, as established by Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967, are abolished as of noon January 2, 1975. This section shall not be construed to reinstate any governmental body or office in the District abolished in said plan or otherwise heretofore.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 818, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 711.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-211.

1973 Ed., § 1-131.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.16 and § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.12. Certain delegated functions; functions of certain agencies.

No function of the District of Columbia Council (established under Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967) or of the Commissioner of the District of Columbia which such District of Columbia Council or Commissioner has delegated to an officer, employee, or agency (including any body of or under such agency) of the District, nor any function now vested pursuant to § 501 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 in the District Public Service Commission, Zoning Advisory Council, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Office of the Recorder of Deeds, or Armory Board, or in any officer, employee, or body of or under such agency, shall be considered as a function transferred to the Council pursuant to § 1-204.04(a). Each such function is hereby transferred to the officer, employee, or agency (including any body of or under such agency), to whom or to which it was delegated, or in whom or in which it has remained vested, until the Mayor or Council established under this chapter, or both, pursuant to the powers herein granted, shall revoke, modify, or transfer such delegation or vesting.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 818, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 712.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-212.

1973 Ed., § 1-132.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.13. Transfer of personnel, property, and funds.

(a) In each case of the transfer, by any provision of this chapter, of functions to the Council, to the Mayor, or to any agency or officer, there are hereby authorized to be transferred (as of the time of such transfer of functions) to the Council, to the Mayor, to such agency, or to the agency of which such officer is the head, for use in the administration of the functions of the Council or such agency or officer, the personnel (except the Commissioner of the District of Columbia, the Assistant to the Commissioner, the Chairman of the District of Columbia Council, the Vice Chairman of the District of Columbia Council, the other members thereof, all of whose officers are abolished by this chapter), property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriations and other funds which relate primarily to the functions so transferred.

(b) If any question arises in connection with the carrying out of subsection (a) of this section, such questions shall be decided:

(1) In the case of functions transferred from a Federal officer or agency, by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; and

(2) In the case of other functions (A) by the Council, or in such manner as the Council shall provide, if such functions are transferred to the Council, and (B) by the Mayor if such functions are transferred to him or to any other officer or agency.

(c) Any of the personnel authorized to be transferred to the Council, the Mayor, or any agency by this section which the Council or the head of such agency shall find to be in excess of the personnel necessary for the administration of its or his function shall, in accordance with law, be retransferred to other positions in the District or Federal Government or be separated from the service.

(d) No officer or employee shall, by reason of his transfer to the District government under this chapter or his separation from service under this chapter, be deprived of any civil service rights, benefits, and privileges held by him prior to such transfer or any right of appeal or review he may have by reason of his separation from service.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 818, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 713.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-212.1.

1973 Ed., § 1-131 note.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-202.01, § 1-204.22, § 1-207.71, and § 1-601.01.


§ 1–207.14. Existing statutes, regulations, and other actions.

(a) Any statute, regulation, or other action in respect of (and any regulation or other action issued, made, taken, or granted by) any officer or agency from which any function is transferred by this chapter shall, except to the extent modified or made inapplicable by or under authority of law, continue in effect as if such transfer had not been made; but after such transfer, references in such statute, regulation, or other action to an officer or agency from which a transfer is made by this chapter shall be held and considered to refer to the officer or agency to which the transfer is made.

(b) As used in subsection (a) of this section, the term “other action” includes, without limitation, any rule, order, contract, compact, policy, determination, directive, grant, authorization, permit, requirement, or designation.

(c) Unless otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed as affecting the applicability to the District government of personnel legislation relating to the District government until such time as the Council may otherwise elect to provide equal or equivalent coverage.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 819, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 714.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-213.

1973 Ed., § 1-133.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.22, § 1-207.71, and § 1-601.01.


§ 1–207.15. Pending actions and proceedings.

(a) No suit, action, or other judicial proceeding lawfully commenced by or against any officer or agency in his or its official capacity or in relation to the exercise of his or its official functions, shall abate by reason of the taking effect of any provision of this chapter; but the court, unless it determines that the survival of such suit, action, or other proceedings is not necessary for purposes of settlement of the questions involved, shall allow the same to be maintained, with such substitutions as to parties as are appropriate.

(b) No administrative action or proceeding lawfully commenced shall abate solely by reason of the taking effect of any provision of this chapter, but such action or proceeding shall be continued with such substitutions as to parties and officers or agencies as are appropriate.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 715.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.16. Vacancies resulting from abolishment of offices of Commissioner and Assistant to the Commissioner.

Until the 1st day of July next after the first Mayor takes office under this chapter no vacancy occurring in any District agency by reason of § 1-207.11, abolishing the offices of Commissioner of the District of Columbia and Assistant to the Commissioner, shall affect the power of the remaining members of such agency to exercise its functions; but such agency may take action only if a majority of the members holding office vote in favor of it.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 716.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.17. Status of the District.

(a) All of the territory constituting the permanent seat of the Government of the United States shall continue to be designated as the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia shall remain and continue a body corporate, as provided in § 1-102. Said Corporation shall continue to be charged with all the duties, obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities, and to be vested with all of the powers, rights, privileges, immunities, and assets, respectively, imposed upon and vested in said Corporation or the Commissioner.

(b) No law or regulation which is in force on January 2, 1975 shall be deemed amended or repealed by this chapter except to the extent specifically provided herein or to the extent that such law or regulation is inconsistent with this chapter, but any such law or regulation may be amended or repealed by act or resolution as authorized in this chapter, or by Act of Congress, except that, notwithstanding the provisions of § 1-207.52, such authority to repeal shall not be construed as authorizing the Council to repeal or otherwise alter, by amendment or otherwise, any provision of subchapter III of chapter 73 of title 5, United States Code in whole or in part.

(c) Nothing contained in this section shall affect the boundary line between the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia as the same was established or may be subsequently established under the provisions of title I of the Act of October 31, 1945 (59 Stat. 552).


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 717.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 1-101(b), 1-102(b).

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.18. Continuation of District of Columbia court system.

(a) The District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure shall continue as provided under the District of Columbia Court Reorganization Act of 1970 subject to the provisions of part C of subchapter IV of this chapter and § 1-206.02(a)(4).

(b) The term and qualifications of any judge of any District of Columbia court, and the term and qualifications of any member of the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure appointed prior to the effective date of subchapter IV of this chapter shall not be affected by the provisions of part C of subchapter IV of this chapter. No provision of this chapter shall be construed to extend the term of any such judge or member of such Commission. Judges of the District of Columbia courts and members of the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure appointed after the effective date of subchapter IV of this chapter shall be appointed according to part C of such subchapter IV.

(c) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to amend, repeal, or diminish the duties, rights, privileges, or benefits accruing under §§ 11-1561 through 11-1571 and §§ 11-703 and 11-904, dealing with the retirement and compensation of the judges of the District of Columbia courts.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 820, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 718.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 718.

1973 Ed., Title 11, appx., § 718.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.19. Continuation of the Board of Education.

The term of any member elected to the District of Columbia Board of Education, and the powers and duties of the Board of Education shall not be affected by the provisions of § 1-204.95 [repealed]. No provision of such section shall be construed to extend the term of any such member or to terminate the term of any such member.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 719.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


Part C. Temporary Provisions.

§ 1–207.21. Powers of the President during transitional period.

The President of the United States is hereby authorized and requested to take such action during the period following the date of the enactment of this chapter and ending on the date of the first meeting of the Council, by Executive Order or otherwise, with respect to the administration of the functions of the District government, as he deems necessary to enable the Board of Elections properly to perform its function under this chapter.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 721.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.22. Reimbursable appropriations for the District.

(a) The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to advance to the District of Columbia the sum of $750,000, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for use (1) in the paying the expenses of the Board of Education (including compensation of the members thereof), and (2) in otherwise carrying into effect the provisions of this chapter.

(b) The full amount expended out of the money advanced pursuant to this section shall be reimbursed to the United States, without interest, during the second fiscal year which begins after January 2, 1975, from the general fund of the District.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 722.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.23. Interim loan authority.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to accept loans for the District from the Treasury of the United States, and the Secretary is authorized to lend to the Mayor, such sums as the Mayor may determine are required to complete capital projects for which construction and construction services funds have been authorized or appropriated, as the case may be, by Congress prior to October 1, 1983, or the date of the enactment of the appropriation act for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1984, for the government of the District of Columbia, whichever is later. In addition, such loans may include funds to pay the District’s share of the cost of the adopted regional system specified in the National Capital Transportation Act of 1969.

(b) Loans advanced pursuant to this section during any six-month period shall be at a rate of interest determined by the Secretary as of the beginning of such period, which, in his judgment, would reflect the cost of money to the Treasury for borrowing at a maturity approximately equal to the period of time the loan is outstanding.

(c) Subject to the limitations contained in § 1-206.03(b), there is authorized to be appropriated to make loans under this section the sum of $155,000,000 for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1982, the sum of $155,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 1983, and the sum of $155,000,000 for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 1984.

(d) The authority contained in this section to make loans shall be effective for any fiscal year only to such extent or in such amounts as are provided in appropriations acts.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 723; Amended, Oct. 13, 1977, 91 Stat. 1155, Pub. L. 95-131, § 1.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.71.


§ 1–207.24. Political participation in certain elections first held under this chapter.

(a) In order to provide continuity in the government of the District of Columbia during the transition from the appointed government to the elected government provided for under this chapter, no person employed by the United States or by the government of the District of Columbia shall be prohibited by reason of such employment:

(1) From being a candidate in the first primary election and general election held under this chapter for the office of Mayor or Chairman or member of the Council of the District of Columbia provided for under subchapter IV; and

(2) If such a candidate, from taking an active part in political management or political campaigns in any election referred to in paragraph (1) of this subsection.

(b) Such candidacy shall be deemed to have commenced on the day such person obtains from the Board of Elections an official nominating petition with his name stamped thereon, and shall terminate:

(1) In the case of such candidate who ceases to be eligible as a nominee for the office with respect to which such petition was obtained by reason of his inability or failure to qualify as a bona fide nominee prior to the expiration of the final date for filing such petition under the election laws of the District of Columbia, on the day following such expiration date;

(2) In the case of such candidate who is elected to any such office with respect to which such nominating petition was obtained, on the day such candidate takes office following the election held with respect thereto;

(3) In the case of such candidate who is defeated in a primary election held to nominate candidates for the office with respect to which such nominating petition was obtained, on the expiration of the thirty-day period following the date of such primary election; and

(4) In the case of such candidate who fails to be elected in a general election to any such office with respect to which such nominating petition was obtained, on the expiration of the thirty-day period following the date of such election.

(c) The provisions of this section shall terminate as of January 2, 1975.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 724; as added April 17, 1974, 88 Stat. 85, Pub. L. 93-268, § 3.)


Part D. Miscellaneous.

§ 1–207.31. Services between United States government and District government. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 822, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 731; Sept. 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 1068, Pub. L. 97-258, § 5(b).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 1-1131, 1-1131.1.

1973 Ed., § 1-826.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-204.22, § 1-207.34, § 1-207.39, and § 1-628.01.

Cross References

District of Columbia administration, personnel management, reciprocal agreements for use of equipment, materials, facilities, and services, see § 1-628.01.

Editor's Notes

This section is set out above to correct an error appearing in the bound volume.


§ 1–207.32. Personal interest in contracts or transactions.

Any officer or employee of the District who is convicted of a violation of § 208 of Title 18, United States Code , shall forfeit his office or position.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 822, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 732.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1133.

1973 Ed., § 1-828.


§ 1–207.33. Compensation from more than one source.

(a) Except as provided in this chapter, no person shall be ineligible to serve or to receive compensation as a member of the Board of Elections because he occupies another office or position or because he receives compensation (including retirement compensation) from another source.

(b) The right to another office or position or to compensation from another source otherwise secured to such a person under the laws of the United States shall not be abridged by the fact of his service or receipt of compensation as a member of such Board, if such service does not interfere with the discharge of his duties in such other office or position.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 822, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 733; Aug. 14, 1974, 88 Stat. 458, Pub. L. 93-376, title III, § 306(a).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1305.

1973 Ed., § 1-1104a.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-636.02.


§ 1–207.34. Assistance of the United States Civil Service Commission in development of District merit system.

The United States Civil Service Commission is hereby authorized to advise and assist the Mayor and the Council in the further development of the merit system or systems required by § 1-204.22(3) and the said Commission is authorized to enter into agreements with the District government to make available its registers of eligibles as a recruiting source to fill District positions as needed. The costs of any specific services furnished by the Civil Service Commission may be compensated for under the provisions of § 1-207.31.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 823, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 734.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-515.

1973 Ed., § 1-322.

References in Text

“§ 1-1131 (§ 1-207.31, 2001 Ed.)”, referred to at the end of the last sentence of this section, was repealed by § 5(b) of the Act of September 13, 1982, Pub. L. 97-258.

Present provisions similar to repealed § 1-207.31 are codified at 31 U.S.C.§ 1537.

Editor's Notes

Definitions applicable: The definitions contained in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.


§ 1–207.35. Revenue sharing restrictions amendment [Omitted]


Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-207.35 is omitted because the corresponding text of section 735 of Public Law 93-198 amended another law.


§ 1–207.36. Independent audit. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 822, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 736; Sept. 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 1068, Pub. L. 97-258, § 5(b).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-118.1.

Editor's Notes

This section is set out above to correct an error appearing in the bound volume.


§ 1–207.37. Adjustments.

(a) Subject to 31 U.S.C. § 1537, the Mayor, with the approval of the Council, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, is authorized and empowered to enter into an agreement or agreements concerning the manner and method by which amounts owed by the District to the United States, or by the United States to the District, shall be ascertained and paid.

(b) The United States shall reimburse the District for necessary expenses incurred by the District in connection with assemblages, marches, and other demonstrations in the District which relate primarily to the federal government. The manner and method of ascertaining and paying the amounts needed to so reimburse the District shall be determined by agreement entered into in accordance with subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Each officer and employee of the District required to do so by the Council shall provide a bond with such surety and in such amount as the Council may require. The premiums for all such bonds shall be paid out of appropriations for the District.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 824, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 737; Apr. 12, 2000, D.C. Law 13-91, § 116, 47 DCR 520.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., §§ 1-302, 1-1132.

1973 Ed., §§ 1-213c, 1-827.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-91, in subsec. (a), substituted “ 31 U.S.C. § 1537” for “§ 1-1131.1”.


§ 1–207.38. Advisory neighborhood commissions.

(a) The Council shall by act divide the District into neighborhood commission areas and, upon receiving a petition signed by at least 5 per centum of the registered qualified electors of a Neighborhood Commission area, shall establish for that neighborhood an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commission. In designating such neighborhoods, the Council shall consider natural geographic boundaries, election districts, and divisions of the District made for the purpose of administration of services.

(b) Elections for members of each Advisory Neighborhood Commission shall be nonpartisan, and shall be administered by the Board of Elections and Ethics. Advisory Neighborhood Commission members shall be elected from single-member districts within each neighborhood commission area by the registered qualified electors of such district.

(c) Each Advisory Neighborhood Commission:

(1) May advise the District government on matters of public policy including decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social services programs, health, safety, and sanitation in that neighborhood commission area;

(2) May employ staff and expend, for public purposes within its neighborhood commission area, public funds and other funds donated to it; and

(3) Shall have such other powers and duties as may be provided by act of the Council.

(d) In the manner provided by act of the Council, in addition to any other notice required by law, timely notice shall be given to each Advisory Neighborhood Commission of requested or proposed zoning changes, variances, public improvements, licenses, or permits of significance to neighborhood planning and development within its neighborhood commission area for its review, comment, and recommendation.

(e) In order to pay the expenses of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, enable them to employ such staff as may be necessary, and to conduct programs for the welfare of the people in a neighborhood commission area, the District government shall allot funds to the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions out of the general revenues of the District. The funding apportioned to each Advisory Neighborhood Commission shall bear the same ratio to the full sum allotted as the population of the neighborhood bears to the population of the District. The Council may authorize additional methods of financing Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

(f) The Council shall by act make provisions for the handling of funds and accounts by each Advisory Neighborhood Commission and shall establish guidelines with respect to the employment of persons by each Advisory Neighborhood Commission, which shall include fixing the status of such employees with respect to the District government, but all such provisions and guidelines shall be uniform for all Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and shall provide that decisions to employ and discharge employees shall be made by the Advisory Neighborhood Commission. These provisions shall conform to the extent practicable to the regular budgetary, expenditure and auditing procedures and the personnel merit system of the District.

(g) The Council shall have authority, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, to legislate with respect to the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions established in this section.

(h) The foregoing provisions of this section shall take effect only if agreed to in accordance with the provisions of § 1-207.03(a).


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 824, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 738; Aug. 14, 1974, 88 Stat. 458, Pub. L. 93-376, title III, § 306(a); Oct. 30, 1975, D.C. Law 1-27, § 2, 22 DCR 2470; Sept. 27, 1983, D.C. Law 5-26, § 2, 30 DCR 3654; Sept. 26, 1984, D.C. Law 5-116, § 4, 31 DCR 4018; Sept. 26, 1995, D.C. Law 11-52, § 814, 42 DCR 3684; Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-264, § 3, 46 DCR 2118.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-251.

1973 Ed., § 1-171.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-309.01, § 1-309.13, and § 25-101.

Cross References

Lobby registration, exemptions for public officials, see § 1-1105.03.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 2 of One City Service and Response Training Emergency Act of 2011 (D.C. Act 19-16, February 15, 2011, 58 DCR 1534).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 801 of Multiyear Budget Spending Reduction and Support Temporary Act of 1995 (D.C. Law 10-253, March 23, 1995, law notification 42 DCR 1652).

Editor's Notes

References in other laws to Advisory Neighborhood Councils: Section 4 of the Act of October 30, 1975, D.C. Law 1-27, provided: “Any reference in any law of or relating solely to the District of Columbia, or in any rule, regulation, paper, report, or other document of the District of Columbia government (including any agency thereof) to the Advisory Neighborhood Councils shall be deemed to be, after the effective date of this act, a reference to the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.”


§ 1–207.39. National Capital Service Area.

(a) There is established within the District of Columbia the National Capital Service Area which shall include, subject to the following provisions of this section, the principal federal monuments, the White House, the Capitol Building, the United States Supreme Court Building, and the federal executive, legislative, and judicial office buildings located adjacent to the Mall and the Capitol Building, and is more particularly described in subsection (e) of this section.

(b) There is established in the Executive Office of the President the National Capital Service Director who shall be appointed by the President. The President, through the National Capital Service Director, shall assure that there is provided, utilizing District of Columbia governmental services to the extent practicable, within the area specified in subsection (a) of this section and particularly described in subsection (e) of this section, adequate fire protection and sanitation services. Except with respect to that portion of the National Capital Service Area comprising the United States Capitol Buildings and Grounds as defined in §§ 10-503.11 and 10-503.26, the United States Supreme Court Building and Grounds as defined in § 11 of the Act of August 18, 1949, as amended (40 U.S.C. § 13p), and the Library of Congress Buildings and Grounds as defined in § 11 of the Act of August 4, 1950, as amended (2 U.S.C. § 167j), the National Capital Service Director shall assure that there is provided within the remainder of such area specified in subsection (a) and subsection (e), adequate police protection and maintenance of streets and highways.

(c) The National Capital Service Director shall be entitled to receive compensation at the maximum rate as may be established from time to time for level IV of the Executive Schedule of § 5314 of Title 5 of the United States Code. The Director may appoint, subject to the provisions of Title 5 of the United States Code governing appointments in the competitive service, and fix the pay of, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 51 and subchapter III of Chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates, such personnel as may be necessary.

(d) Omitted.

(e)(1) Within 1 year after January 2, 1975, the President is authorized and directed to submit to the Congress a report on the feasibility and advisability of combining the Executive Protective Service and the United States Park Police within the National Capital Service Area, and placing them under the National Capital Service Director.

(2) Such report shall include such recommendations, including recommendations for legislative and executive action, as the President deems necessary in carrying out the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection.

(f)(1)(A) The National Capital Service Area referred to in subsection (a) of this section is more particularly described as follows: Beginning at that point on the present Virginia-District of Columbia boundary due west of the northernmost point of Theodore Roosevelt Island and running due east to the eastern shore of the Potomac River; thence generally south along the shore at the mean high water mark to the northwest corner of the Kennedy Center; thence east along the north side of the Kennedy Center to a point where it reaches the E Street Expressway; thence east on the expressway to E Street Northwest and thence east on E Street Northwest to 18th Street Northwest; thence south on 18th Street Northwest to Constitution Avenue Northwest; thence east on Constitution Avenue to 17th Street Northwest; thence north on 17th Street Northwest to Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest; thence east on Pennsylvania Avenue to Jackson Place Northwest; thence north on Jackson Place to H Street Northwest; thence east on H Street Northwest to Madison Place Northwest; thence south on Madison Place Northwest to Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest; thence east on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to 15th Street Northwest; thence south on 15th Street Northwest to Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest; thence southeast on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to John Marshall Place Northwest; thence north on John Marshall Place Northwest to C Street Northwest; thence east on C Street Northwest to 3rd Street Northwest; thence north on 3rd Street Northwest to D Street Northwest; thence east on D Street Northwest to 2nd Street Northwest; thence south on 2nd Street Northwest to the intersection of Constitution Avenue Northwest and Louisiana Avenue Northwest; thence northeast on Louisiana Avenue Northwest to North Capitol Street; thence north on North Capitol Street to Massachusetts Avenue Northwest; thence southeast on Massachusetts Avenue Northwest so as to encompass Union Square; thence following Union Square to F Street Northeast; thence east on F Street Northeast to 2nd Street Northeast; thence south on 2nd Street Northeast to D Street Northeast; thence west on D Street Northeast to 1st Street Northeast; thence south on 1st Street Northeast to Maryland Avenue Northeast; thence generally north and east on Maryland Avenue to 2nd Street Northeast; thence south on 2nd Street Northeast to C Street Southeast; thence west on C Street Southeast to New Jersey Avenue Southeast; thence south on New Jersey Avenue Southeast to D Street Southeast; thence west on D Street Southeast to Canal Street Parkway; thence southeast on Canal Street Parkway to E Street Southeast; thence west on E Street Southeast to the intersection of Canal Street Southwest and South Capitol Street; thence northwest on Canal Street Southwest to 2nd Street Southwest; thence south on 2nd Street Southwest to Virginia Avenue Southwest; thence generally west on Virginia Avenue to 3rd Street Southwest; thence north on 3rd Street Southwest to C Street Southwest; thence west on C Street Southwest to 6th Street Southwest; thence north on 6th Street Southwest to Independence Avenue; thence west on Independence Avenue to 12th Street Southwest; thence south on 12th Street Southwest to D Street Southwest; thence west on D Street Southwest to 14th Street Southwest; thence south on 14th Street Southwest to the middle of the Washington Channel; thence generally south and east along the mid-channel of the Washington Channel to a point due west of the northern boundary line of Fort Lesley McNair; thence due east to the side of the Washington Channel; thence following generally south and east along the side of the Washington Channel at the mean high water mark, to the point of confluence with the Anacostia River, and along the northern shore at the mean high water mark to the northern most point of the 11th Street Bridge; thence generally south and east along the northern side of the 11th Street Bridge to the eastern shore of the Anacostia River; thence generally south and west along such shore at the mean high water mark to the point of confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers; thence generally south along the eastern shore at the mean high water mark of the Potomac River to the point where it meets the present southeastern boundary line of the District of Columbia; thence south and west along such southeastern boundary line to the point where it meets the present Virginia-District of Columbia boundary; thence generally north and west up the Potomac River along the Virginia-District of Columbia boundary to the point of beginning.

(B) Where the area in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph is bounded by any street, such street, and any sidewalk thereof, shall be included within such area.

(2) Any federal real property affronting or abutting, as of December 24, 1973, the area described in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be deemed to be within such area.

(3) For the purposes of paragraph (2) of this subsection, federal real property affronting or abutting such area described in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall:

(A) Be deemed to include, but not limited to, Fort Lesley McNair, the Washington Navy Yard, the Anacostia Naval Annex, the United States Naval Station, Bolling Air Force Base, and the Naval Research Laboratory; and

(B) Not be construed to include any area situated outside of the District of Columbia boundary as it existed immediately prior to December 24, 1973, nor be construed to include any portion of the Anacostia Park situated east of the northern side of the 11th Street Bridge, or any portion of the Rock Creek Park.

(g)(1) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (2) of this subsection, the President is authorized and directed to conduct a survey of the area described in this section in order to establish the proper metes and bounds of such area, and to file, in such manner and at such place as he may designate, a map and a legal description of such area, and such description and map shall have the same force and effect as if included in this chapter, except that corrections of clerical, typographical and other errors in any such legal descriptions and map may be made. In conducting such survey, the President shall make such adjustments as may be necessary in order to exclude from the National Capital Service Area any privately owned properties, and buildings and adjacent parking facilities owned by the District of Columbia government.

(2) In carrying out the provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection, the President shall, to the extent that such survey, legal description, and map involves areas comprising the United States Capitol Buildings and Grounds as defined in §§ 10-503.11 and 10-503.26, and other buildings and grounds under the care of the Architect of the Capitol, consult with the Architect of the Capitol.

(h)(1) Except to the extent specifically provided by the provisions of this section, and amendments made by this section, nothing in this section shall be applicable to the United States Capitol Buildings and Grounds as defined in §§ 10-503.11 and 10-503.26, or to any other buildings and grounds under the care of the Architect of the Capitol, the United States Supreme Court Building and Grounds as defined in § 11 of the Act of August 18, 1949, as amended (40 U.S.C. § 13p), and the Library of Congress Buildings and Grounds as defined in § 11 of the Act of August 4, 1950, as amended (2 U.S.C. § 167j), and except to the extent herein specifically provided, including amendments made by this section, nothing in this section shall be construed to repeal, amend, alter, modify, or supersede any provision of §§ 10-503.11 to 10-503.19, 10-503.21 to 10-503.26, or any other of the general laws of the United States or any of the laws enacted by the Congress and applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia, or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant thereto, in effect on the date immediately preceding January 2, 1975, pertaining to said buildings and grounds, or any existing authority, with respect to such buildings and grounds, vested by law, or otherwise, on such date immediately preceding January 2, 1975, in the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Congress, or any committee or commission or board thereof, the Architect of the Capitol, or any other officer of the legislative branch, the Chief Justice of the United States, the Marshal of the Supreme Court of the United States, or the Librarian of Congress.

(2) Notwithstanding the foregoing provision of this section, any of the services and facilities authorized by this chapter to be rendered or furnished (including maintenance of streets and highways, and services under § 1-207.31) shall, as far as practicable, be made available to the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Congress, or any committee or commission or board thereof, the Architect of the Capitol, or any other officer of the legislative branch vested by law or otherwise on such date immediately preceding January 2, 1975, with authority over such buildings and grounds, the Chief Justice of the United States, the Marshal of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Librarian of Congress, upon their request, and, if payment would be required for the rendition or furnishing of a similar service or facility to any other federal agency, payment therefor shall be made by the recipient thereof, upon presentation of proper vouchers, in advance or by reimbursement (as may be agreed upon by the parties rendering and receiving such services).

(i) Except to the extent otherwise specifically provided in the provisions of this section, and amendments made by this section, all general laws of the United States and all laws enacted by the Congress and applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia, including regulations and rules promulgated pursuant thereto, in effect on the date immediately preceding January 2, 1975, and which, on such date immediately preceding January 2, 1975, are applicable to and within the areas included within the National Capital Service Area pursuant to this section shall, on and after January 2, 1975, continue to be applicable to and within such National Capital Service Area in the same manner and to the same extent as if this section had not been enacted, and shall remain so applicable until such time as they are repealed, amended, altered, modified, or superseded, and such laws, regulations and rules shall thereafter be applicable to and within such area in the manner and to the extent so provided by any such amendment, alteration, or modification.

(j) In no case shall any person be denied the right to vote or otherwise participate in any manner in any election in the District of Columbia solely because such person resides within the National Capital Service Area.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 81 Stat. 825, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 739.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 9-142.

1973 Ed., § 9-146.

References in Text

“Level IV of the Executive Schedule of § 5314 of Title 5, U.S.C.”, referred to in subsection (c), is Level III.

The “Executive Protective Service”, referred to in subsection (e) was changed to “United States Secret Service Uniformed Division” by the Act of November 15, 1977, 91 Stat. 1371, Pub. L. 95-179.

“ Section 1-1131 (§ 1-207.31, 2001 Ed.)”, referred to in subsection (h)(2), was repealed September 13, 1982, 96 Stat. 877, Pub. L. 97-258, § 5(b).

Editor's Notes

Delegation of functions: Executive Order No. 11815, October 23, 1974, 39 F.R. 37963, provided that the President of the United States, under § 739(g) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, could authorize and direct the Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission to carry out all duties vested in the President by § 739(g) with respect to the establishment of the metes and bounds of the National Capital Service Area.

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.


§ 1–207.40. Emergency control of police.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, whenever the President of the United States determines that special conditions of an emergency nature exist which require the use of the Metropolitan Police force for federal purposes, he may direct the Mayor to provide him, and the Mayor shall provide, such services of the Metropolitan Police force as the President may deem necessary and appropriate. In no case, however, shall such services made available pursuant to any such direction under this subsection extend for a period in excess of 48 hours unless the President has, prior to the expiration of such period, notified the Chairmen and ranking minority members of the Committees on the District of Columbia of the Senate and the House of Representatives, in writing, as to the reason for such direction and the period of time during which the need for such services is likely to continue.

(b) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, such services made available in accordance with subsection (a) of this section shall terminate upon the end of such emergency, the expiration of a period of 30 days following the date on which such services are first made available, or the enactment into law of a joint resolution by the Congress providing for such termination, whichever first occurs.

(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, in any case in which such services are made available in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section during any period of an adjournment of the Congress sine die, such services shall terminate upon the end of the emergency, the expiration of the 30-day period following the date on which Congress first convenes following such adjournment, or the enactment into law of a joint resolution by the Congress providing for such termination, whichever first occurs.

(d) Except to the extent provided for in subsection (c) of this section, no such services made available pursuant to the direction of the President pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall extend for any period in excess of 30 days, unless the Senate and the House of Representatives enact into law a joint resolution authorizing such an extension.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 830, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 740; Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1975, Pub. L. 98-473, § 131(i), (j).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 4-102.

1973 Ed., § 4-101a.

Cross References

Demonstrations, marches, and assemblies relating to federal government, reimbursement of costs incurred by District, see § 1-207.37.

Metropolitan Police, assistance to Secret Service, see § 1-207.31.

Editor's Notes

Effective period of § 131 of Public Law 98-473: Section 131(n) of Public Law 98-473 provided that the provisions of this section shall be effective hereafter without limitation as to fiscal year, notwithstanding any other provision of the joint resolution. Public Law 98-473 was approved October 12, 1984.

Definitions applicable: The definitions in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.


§ 1–207.41. Holding Office in the District. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 831, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 741; Apr. 17, 1974, 88 Stat. 87, Pub. L. 93-268, § 4(c).)


§ 1–207.42. Open meetings.

(a) All meetings (including hearings) of any department, agency, board, or commission of the District government, including meetings of the Council of the District of Columbia, at which official action of any kind is taken shall be open to the public. No resolution, rule, act, regulation, or other official action shall be effective unless taken, made, or enacted at such meeting.

(b) A written transcript or a transcription shall be kept for all such meetings and shall be made available to the public during normal business hours of the District government. Copies of such written transcripts or copies of such transcriptions shall be available, upon request, to the public at reasonable cost.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 831, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 742.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1504.

1973 Ed., § 1-1503a.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-129.04, § 1-204.34, § 1-301.49, § 1-309.11, § 2-579, § 3-1102, § 3-1353, § 4-752.03, § 4-1371.08, § 7-2271.04, § 8-671.11, § 8-1774.04, § 10-1202.05, § 16-1056, § 16-4205, § 16-4207, § 34-2202.04, § 44-951.05, and § 47-391.08.

Cross References

Advisory neighborhood commission security fund, requests for reimbursement from fund, consideration in public meetings, see § 1-309.14.

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, open meeting requirement, see § 1-309.11.

Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, authority to make rules and regulations for commission’s operations, application of certain selected provisions of Administrative Procedure Act, see § 11-1525.

Convention center authority board of directors, open meeting requirement, see § 10-1202.05.

Convention center board of directors, open meeting requirement, see § 10-1211.

Fees for reproduction of transcripts and other records, authority to establish and collect, see § 1-301.49.

Financial responsibility and management assistance authority, open meeting requirement, see § 47-391.08.

Fire protection study commission, open meeting requirement, see § 3-1102.

Health and hospitals public benefit corporation board of directors, open meeting requirement, see § 44-1102.04.

Merit system, office of employee appeals, vote or decision on appeal to be made in public hearing, see § 1-606.10.

Sports and entertainment commission, open meeting requirement, see § 3-1404.

Water and sewer authority board of directors, open meeting requirement, see § 34-2202.04.

Editor's Notes

Definitions applicable: The definitions contained in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.


§ 1–207.43. Termination of the District’s Authority to Borrow from the Treasury. [Omitted]


Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-207.43 is omitted because the corresponding text of section 743 of Public Law 93-198 amended another law.


Part E. Amendments to the District of Columbia Election Act Amendments.

§ 1–207.51. Amendments [Omitted]


Editor's Notes

The text of § 1-207.51 is omitted because the corresponding text of section 751 of Public Law 93-198 amended another law.


§ 1–207.52. District Council authority over elections.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or of any other law, the Council shall have authority to enact any act or resolution with respect to matters involving or relating to elections in the District.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 836, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 752.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1307.

1973 Ed., § 1-1105a.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-207.17, § 1-207.61, and § 1-636.02.

Cross References

District of Columbia administration, self-government, supersession of inconsistent laws, see § 1-207.61.

Editor's Notes

Definitions applicable: The definitions contained in § 1-201.03 apply to this section.


Part F. Rules of Construction.

§ 1–207.61. Construction.

(a) To the extent that any provisions of this chapter are inconsistent with the provisions of any other laws, the provisions of this chapter shall prevail and shall be deemed to supersede the provisions of such laws.

(b) No law or regulation which is in force on January 2, 1975, shall be deemed amended or repealed by this chapter except to the extent specifically provided herein or to the extent that such law or regulation is inconsistent with this chapter, but any such law or regulation may be amended or repealed by act or resolution as authorized in this chapter, or by Act of Congress, except that, notwithstanding the provisions of § 1-207.52, such authority to repeal shall not be construed as authorizing the Council to repeal or otherwise alter, by amendment or otherwise, any provision of subchapter III of Chapter 73 of Title 5, United States Code [5 U.S.C. § 7321 et seq.], in whole or in part.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 820, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, §§ 717(b), 761; Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 3205(kk), 25 DCR 5740; Aug. 1, 1979, D.C. Law 3-14, § 2(d), 25 DCR 10565.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-208.

1973 Ed., § 1-128.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-636.02.

Cross References

Merit system, effective date provisions, see § 1-636.02.


§ 1–207.62. Severability.

If any particular provision of this chapter, or the application thereof to any person of circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of this chapter and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 779, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 762; as added Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1975, Pub. L. 98-473, § 131(l).)


Part G. Effective Dates.

§ 1–207.71. Effective dates.

(a) Subchapters I and V, and parts A and G, and § 1-207.22 of subchapter VII shall take effect on December 24, 1973.

(b) Sections 1-207.12, 1-207.13, 1-207.14, and 1-207.15 of subchapter VII, and section 1-204.01(b) of subchapter IV, and subchapter II shall take effect July 1, 1974, except that any provision thereof which in effect transfer authority to appoint any citizen member of the National Capital Planning Commission of the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency shall take effect January 2, 1975.

(c) Subchapter III and IV, except § 1-204.01(b) of subchapter IV, shall take effect January 2, 1975, if subchapter IV is accepted by a majority of the registered qualified electors in the District of Columbia voting on the charter issue in the charter referendum.

(d) Subchapter VI and parts D and F and §§ 1-207.11, 1-207.16, 1-207.17, 1-207.18, 1-207.19, 1-207.21, and 1-207.23 of subchapter VII shall take effect only if and upon the date that subchapter IV becomes effective.

(e) Part E of subchapter VII shall take effect on the date on which subchapter IV is accepted by a majority of the registered qualified electors in the District of Columbia voting on the charter issue in the charter referendum.


(Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 836, Pub. L. 93-198, title VII, § 771.)