Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter XI-A. Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission.


§ 1–611.51. Establishment of the Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission.

The Mayor and Council Compensation Advisory Commission (“Commission”) is established to determine the proper compensation of elected officials in the District of Columbia.


(Mar 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1151; as added Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-295, § 2(b), 54 DCR 1092.)

Editor's Notes

Section 7087 of D.C. Law 17-219 repealed section 3 of D.C. Law 16-295.


§ 1–611.52. Composition and term.

(a) The Commission shall consist of 5 voting members and one nonvoting member as follows:

(1) Two members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council;

(2) Three members appointed by the Council by resolution; and

(3) The Director of the Office of Personnel, or his or her designee, as an ex officio nonvoting member.

(b) The Chairperson of the Commission shall be selected the voting members.

(c) Commission members shall serve a 3-year term; except, that the terms shall be staggered such that the first member appointed by the Mayor shall serve a one-year term and the first 2 members appointed by the Council shall each serve a 2-year term, with all other and subsequent appointments serving a 3-year term. A member is eligible for reappointment.

(d)(1) Commission members shall be private citizens generally recognized for their knowledge and experience in management and compensation and have been residents of the District for at least 5 years.

(2) The Mayor, members of the Council, and officers and employees of the District of Columbia or the federal government shall not be eligible for appointment to the Commission.

(e) The Commission shall establish rules and procedures as the Commission shall determine.

(f) Any vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. A person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term of the original appointee.

(g) All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for reasonable actual expenses incurred in the performance of official duties, pursuant to rules issued by the Mayor in accordance with § 1-611.08.


(Mar 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1152; as added Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-295, § 2(b), 54 DCR 1092.)


§ 1–611.53. Duties.

The Commission shall:

(1) Conduct an annual review examining the best practices in compensation and benefits for mayors and members of the Council and other elected officials in the surrounding Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as in comparable jurisdictions in the country;

(2) Study the feasibility of allowing a Councilmember to elect between engaging in employment, whether as an employee or as a self-employed individual, or holding a position other than the position as Councilmember for which the member is compensated in an amount in excess of his or her actual expenses and authorizing additional compensation for Councilmembers who agree not to engage in outside employment; and

(3) Develop recommendations for changes in compensation levels for the Mayor or Councilmembers, or a recommendation that no changes be made, based on the review and study conducted pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) of this section and:

(A) The duties and level of responsibilities of each position;

(B) The current compensation for the position and the length of time since the last compensation change;

(C) Any change in the cost of living since the last compensation change;

(D) Salary trends for positions with analogous duties and responsibilities, both within government and in the private sector;

(E) Budget limitations;

(F) The information required by § 1-611.09(b)(2)(A) and (B); and

(G) Any other factors it considers to be reasonable, appropriate, and in the public interest.


(Mar 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1153; as added Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-295, § 2(b), 54 DCR 1092.)


§ 1–611.54. Reports.

(a) On February 1 of each odd numbered year, the Commission shall submit to the Council, the Mayor, and each Councilmember a draft act, together with a report explaining its recommendations regarding compensation for the Mayor, the Chairman, and individual Councilmembers; provided, that the salary of the Chairman shall be pursuant to § 1-204.03(d). The Commission shall also make the report available to the general public.

(b) The Commission may make recommendations as to salaries for other District of Columbia elected or appointed officials.


(Mar 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1154; as added Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-295, § 2(b), 54 DCR 1092.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-611.57.


§ 1–611.55. Meetings and hearings.

(a) The Commission shall meet as frequently as the proper and efficient discharge of its duties may require. A majority of the voting members shall constitute a quorum. The Commission may act by an affirmative vote of a majority of its voting members.

(b) Other than executive sessions to consider privileged matters, the meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public. The discussion of compensation shall not be a privileged matter.

(c) An executive meeting may be convened by a vote of a majority of the voting members of the Commission, upon good cause shown.

(d) The Commission shall hold at least 2 public hearings to take public testimony on any proposed compensation changes, including from compensation experts from the public and private sectors.

(e) The Commission shall maintain minutes of the meetings.


(Mar 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1155; as added Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-295, § 2(b), 54 DCR 1092.)


§ 1–611.56. Powers.

(a) All offices, agencies, and instrumentalities of the District government shall fully cooperate with the Commission and provide requested information and documents.

(b) Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Commission may hire or contract for necessary staff and technical assistance or may require any office, agency, or instrumentality of the District government to provide such assistance.


(Mar 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1156; as added Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-295, § 2(b), 54 DCR 1092.)


§ 1–611.57. Council action.

Upon receiving the draft act and report from the Commission as required by § 1-611.54, the Chairman shall introduce the proposed legislation at the next legislative session. The Council shall hold a public hearing on the legislation within 6 months of its introduction.


(Mar 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1157; as added Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-295, § 2(b), 54 DCR 1092.)

Cross References

Merit system, effective date provisions, see § 1-636.02.