Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–307.83. Authority of the Agency.

(a) The Agency shall have the authority to:

(1) Exercise procurement authority as is necessary or proper to carry out the provisions and purposes of this part, including contract oversight and contracting with:

(A) Other insurance companies, captives, risk pools, re-insurers, and other similar entities;

(B) Similar captives of other states, municipalities, or counties for the joint performance of common administrative functions; and

(C) Persons or other entities for the performance of organizational, management, or administrative functions;

(2) Take such action as necessary:

(A) To avoid the payment of improper claims against the Agency or the coverage provided by or through the Agency;

(B) To recover any amounts erroneously or improperly paid by the Agency;

(C) To recover any amounts paid by the Agency as a result of mistake of fact or law; or

(D) To recover or collect premiums or other amounts due the Agency;

(3) Establish and modify rates, rate schedules, rate adjustments, expense allowances, claim reserve formulas, and any other actuarial function appropriate to the operation of the Agency; provided, that adjustments to rates and rate schedules shall take into consideration appropriate factors in accordance with established actuarial and underwriting practices;

(4) Issue policies of medical malpractice insurance, including tail coverage, in accordance with the requirements of the plan of operation under § 1-307.87;

(4A) Procure policies of real property insurance, personal property insurance, and liability insurance to reduce the risk of loss to the District.

(5) Appoint appropriate legal, actuarial, audit, and other committees as necessary to provide technical assistance in the operation of the Agency, policy and other contract design, and any other function within the authority of the Agency;

(6) Employ and fix the compensation of employees;

(7) Prepare and distribute certificate of eligibility forms and enrollment instruction forms to health centers;

(8) Provide for reinsurance of risks incurred by the Agency;

(9) Provide for, and employ, cost containment measures and risk management program standards;

(10) Seek and receive grant funding from the United States government, District departments or agencies, and private foundations;

(11) Adopt policies, procedures, rules, and standards as may be necessary or convenient for the operation of the Agency consistent with this part;

(12) Adopt and administer personnel policies and procedures;

(13) Employ its own general counsel and special counsel from time to time, as needed;

(14) Adopt and administer its own procurement and contracting policies and procedures;

(15) Select, retain, and employ professionals, contractors, or agents which are necessary or convenient to enable or assist the Agency in carrying out the purposes of the Agency; and

(16) Provide gap coverage to the District’s Federally Qualified Health Centers for medical malpractice risks.

(b) Upon the request of the Risk Officer, the Mayor and the governing officer or body of each instrumentality of the District, by delegation or agreement, may direct that personnel or other resources of a District agency or instrumentality be made available to the Agency on a full cost-reimbursable basis to carry out the Agency’s duties. Personnel detailed to the Agency under this subsection shall not be considered employees of the Agency, but shall remain employees of the agency or instrumentality from which the employees were detailed. With the consent of an executive agency, department, or independent agency of the federal government or the District government, the Agency may use the information, services, staff, and facilities of the department or agency on a full cost-reimbursable basis.


(July 18, 2008, D.C. Law 17-196, § 4, 55 DCR 6261; Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1032(c), 60 DCR 12472; Oct. 8, 2016, D.C. Law 21-160, § 1032(b), 63 DCR 10775; July 3, 2018, D.C. Law 22-123, § 2(c), 65 DCR 5088.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-307.91.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 20-61 rewrote (a)(1); and added (a)(4A).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(c) of the Captive Earthquake Property Insurance Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-39, March 20, 2013, 60 DCR 4663, 20 DCSTAT 523).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(c) of the Captive Earthquake Property Insurance Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-85, June 19, 2013, 60 DCR 9536, 20 DCSTAT 1441).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1032(c) of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1032(c) of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(c) of the Captive Earthquake Property Insurance Temporary Amendment Act of 2013 (D.C. Law 20-9, June 22, 2013, 60 DCR 6407, 20 DCSTAT 1277).

Short Title

Section 1031 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle D of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Captive Insurance Amendment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

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