Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. 1975


§ 1–1501.01. Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1975

(21 DCR 3198; 22 DCR 961; Effective July 25, 1975)

Prepared by the Mayor and transmitted to the Council of the District of Columbia April 29, 1975, pursuant to the provisions of Section 422(12) of the District Charter.

Department of Transportation

i. establishment

There is established, under the direction and control of the Mayor, a Department of Transportation headed by a Director. The Director shall have full authority over such Department and all functions and personnel assigned thereto, including the power to redelegate to other employees and officials of the Department such powers as in the Director's judgment are warranted in the interest of efficiency and good administration. All authority vested in the Director shall be exercised in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

ii. purpose The Department of Transportation is charged with assisting the Mayor to assure the provision of a safe and adequate transportation system for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia.

iii. functions The Director of the Department of Transportation shall:

A. Plan, program, construct, operate and maintain public transportation facilities and systems to meet transportation needs within the District of Columbia.

B. Identify financial resources to be applied to transportation programs, and develop a plan for allocation of those resources among those programs.

C. Develop policies relating to transportation facilities not owned by the District of Columbia, e.g., mass transit, taxicab, aviation, transportation terminals; and coordinate those policies with agencies, public and private, which operate and regulate those facilities.

D. Analyze transportation programs for their impact on the social and physical environment, including land use and development; develop ways and means to mitigate undesirable impact and implement environmental programs.

E. Promulgate safety standards relating to the licensing and inspection of vehicles, including aircraft and watercraft, and licensing, testing and training of vehicle operators, to the extent those matters fall within the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia; and the operation of programs for the administration of those standards.

F. Develop highway safety standards, including those relating to bicyclists and pedestrians, and implement safety standards in the District of Columbia streets and highways program.

G. Cooperatively with the Municipal Planning Office, coordinate District of Columbia transportation plans and programs and maintain liaison with metropolitan area governments, the Council of Government, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Federal agencies, and appropriate public and private groups involved in transportation.

H. Cooperatively with the Municipal Planning Office, coordinate transportation plans and programs with the programs of other District of Columbia departments and agencies to assure consistency with all appropriate goals and objectives of the government.

I. Develop parking policies and the operation of parking programs assigned to the department.

iv. transfer of functions The following are hereby transferred to the Department of Transportation:

A. The functions related to the Department of Motor Vehicles as set forth in C.O. 73-238, Replacement of Organizational Order No. 105, dated October 12, 1973.

B. The functions related to the Department of Motor Vehicles as set forth in C.O. 73-144, Delegation of Authority Regarding Regulation Providing Special Parking Privileges for Handicapped Drivers, dated June 15, 1973.

C. The functions related to the Department of Motor Vehicles as set forth in C.O. 74-77, Delegation of Authority Regarding Development of a Plan to Implement the Provisions of Highway Safety Standard 316, Debris Hazard Control and Cleanup, dated May 10, 1974.

D. The functions related to the Department of Motor Vehicles as set forth in C.O. 74-172, Delegation of Authority Regarding the Regulation of Slow-Moving Vehicles, dated August 1, 1974.

E. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in Order No. 59-33. Department of Highways and Traffic Organization Order No. 122 (Reorganization), dated January 8, 1959, as Amended.

F. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in Order of the Commissioner 68-236, Delegation of Authority to Establish Flat Rate Charges for Street Repairs, dated March 20, 1968.

G. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in Order of the Commissioner 68-554, Delegation of Authority to Establish and Administer Traffic Rules and Regulations, dated August 16, 1968.

H. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in Order of the Commissioner 69-615, Organization Order No. 9, as Amended, Contracting Officer, dated November 4, 1969.

I. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 70-151, Delegation of Authority for Final Approval of License Bonds, dated April 22, 1970.

J. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 71-75, Annual Hauling Permit Fee for a Self-Unloading, Single Unit Motor Vehicle by Weight Class with three or more Axles, dated March 18, 1971.

K. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 71-354, Delegation of Authority to Administer City Council Regulation 71-25 Prohibiting Left Turns into Parking Lots and Garages, dated September 10, 1971.

L. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 72-11, General Purpose Transportation, dated January 13, 1972.

M. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 72-107, Implementation of City Council Regulation 71-26 Governing Bicycles, dated May 4, 1972.

N. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 72-182, Delegation of Authority to Enter into Interstate Agreement with the State of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia, dated July 17, 1972.

O. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 73-76, Delegation of Authority to Execute Downtown Bus Service Capital Grant Project No. DC-VTG-2, dated March 28, 1973.

P. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 72-79, Delegation of Authority to Execute Downtown Bus Service Demonstration Grant Project No. DC-06-0069, as Amended and dated March 28, 1973.

Q. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 73-168, Delegation of Authority Under the District of Columbia Public Space Utilization Act, dated July 13, 1973.

R. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 74-207, Delegation of Authority to Apply for and Execute an Urban Mass Transportation Capital Improvement Grant for the National Visitors Center, dated September 30, 1974.

S. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in C.O. 74-54, Designation of Department of Highways and Traffic as the District Agency Responsible for Administration of Programs Under Sec. 230 Safe Roads Program - Highway Safety Act of 1973, dated March 29, 1974.

T. The functions related to the Department of Motor Vehicles as set forth in Organization Order No. 21, Order of the Commissioner 69-235, Traffic Coordinating Committee, dated May 26, 1969.

U. The functions related to the Department of Highways and Traffic as set forth in Organization Order No. 23, Order of the Commissioner 69-502, D.C. Public Space Committee, as Amended and dated September 3, 1969.

V. The functions related to the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles in C.O. 69-234, Highway Safety Program Coordinator, dated May 26, 1969.

W. Any other functions not specifically mentioned above which are now delegated to, or vested in, the Director of the Department of Highways and Traffic and the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Transportation Systems Coordinator.

v. delegations and redelegations of authority A. The Director of the Department of Transportation is the successor to all authority delegated to the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Director of the Department of Highways and Traffic, and the Transportation Systems Coordinator, and is authorized to act, either personally or through a designated representative, as a member of whatever committees, commissions, boards, or other bodies which presently include as a member the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Director of the Department of Highways and Traffic, and the Transportation Systems Coordinator.

B. The Director of the Department of Transportation is designated as the Governor's Highway Safety Representative and the Department of Transportation is designated State agency for administration of the Highway Safety Program in the District of Columbia.

vi. other transfers All positions, personnel, property, records and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, and other funds available or to be made available relating to the above functions, other than those resources and functions to be transferred to the Public Service Commission, are hereby transferred to the Director of the Department of Transportation.

vii. organization The Director of the Department of Transportation, in the performance of his duties and functions, is authorized to establish such organizational components thereunder with such specified functions, as he deems appropriate.

viii. rescission A. All Orders and parts of Orders in conflict with any of the provisions of this plan are, to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed except that any municipal regulation adopted or promulgated by virtue of the authority granted by such orders shall remain in force until otherwise amended or repealed.

B. The positions of Director, Department of Motor Vehicles, Director, Department of Highways and Traffic and the Transportation Systems Coordinator are hereby abolished.

ix. effective date The provisions of this plan shall become effective pursuant to the requirements of Section 422(12) of Public Law 93-198.


Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., Title 1, Chapter 15, Subchapter I, Part A.

Mayor's Statement

present problems

District of Columbia activities and functions relating to transportation are presently fragmented among several District agencies and departments.

The Department of Highways and Traffic is responsible for planning, constructing and maintaining the District's highway system as well as for planning and controlling traffic flow. In addition, this Department maintains the District's public and metered parking facilities.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is responsible for testing and licensing operators of all powered wheeled vehicles, as well as for inspecting and registering these vehicles.

The Transportation Systems Coordinator, lodged in the Executive office of the Mayor, provides liaison to the Metro operations, evaluates transportation proposals, and advises the Mayor on transportation policy.

Each of the above entities provides specific services to the District based on valid and appropriate objectives. Taken collectively, however, these goals are not sufficiently broad to encompass the entire spectrum of District transportation needs. No single authority now exists which can perform an overview of city transportation needs and costs, balancing one mode against another or relating those needs and costs to non-transportation factors such as environmental impact and the broad economic situation.

plan to establish a district of columbia department of transportation

In order to deal more effectively with the broader issues relating to the overall transportation needs of District citizens and visitors, it is planned to combine into one organizational entity all related activities and functions now dispersed among the several offices cited above.

The reorganization presented in Reorganization Plan 2, with associated charts and tables, has been prepared with three objectives in mind:

Objective One: Capability for Broad Over-View: A Department of Transportation will be the key mechanism for addressing issues, needs and programs that extend to all transportation modes. The new department will identify rail service needs; perform analyses of the adequacy of the bus system and develop ways to improve it; develop plans and programs to integrate various methods of transportation to expedite passenger movement; promote the development of aviation facilities and their safe use; determine the need for new and perhaps larger transportation terminal facilities; develop the means for a more efficient distribution of goods; and develop a system of bikeways and pedestrianways. In summary, it will broaden the transportation objectives of the city.

Objective Two: More Rational Allocation of Resources: The new realignment of facilities and services should reflect a more balanced approach to the transportation system. At the same time, the realignment should permit the department to obtain a better assessment of the resources needed to operate a total system.

Objective Three: Active Coordination with Independent Transportation Modes and with other Jurisdictions: While the city does not operate the METRO system or taxi companies, the city does have a responsibility to require that these transportation services be adequate, safe and economical. A Department of Transportation will provide the focal point for the city to interact with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the taxi industry, and other owners and regulators of transportation services.

structure and functions of the new department

The Functional Chart of the planned Department carries out these objectives in structural form. Eight subunits are planned; three at the staff level, four at the operating level, and an Office of the Director. Notes on each of the eight units follow:

Office of the Director: In addition to a Director and Deputy Director, a staff for community relations is being established. The great importance of two-way communication with the community (both residents and visitors to the Nation's Capital) has led to the decision to give this function direct access to the Head of the agency by placing it in his immediate Office.

Office of Administration: The Administrative functions of the two existing departments are consolidated in this Unit. In addition to the present functions, financial resources management and regulations/legislation have been added here. The goal of financial resources management is to inventory and control all department resources within the context of one overall plan and budget. In order to permit analysis of departmental regulations, Federal requirements, and staff-level review of departmental hearing processes, a unit of regulations and legislation is also proposed.

Office of Transportation Policy and Plans: Overall program priorities will be developed here for recommendation to the Director and, through the Director, to the Mayor and Council. The economic impact of transportation decisions has long been neglected, but will find a home in this Office. Systems planning for all modes of transportation will be established to reflect general policy objectives. Traditional project oriented planning such as is now performed in the Highways and Traffic Department will take its cue and direction from the systems planning staff. Finally, establishment of a social program analytical capability will provide a planning link to community transportation needs.

Office of Safety and Environment: The existing highway safety coordination and safety education functions currently in the DMV form the nucleus for this new Office. This organization will allow for a new emphasis on safety standards for additional transport modes and for expansion of the environmental programs, including social impact and interagency cooperation.

The four operating bureaus, now identified as the Bureaus of Design, Engineering and Research, Construction and Maintenance, Traffic Engineering and Operations, and Motor Vehicle Services, are based on the present operating responsibilities of the Highways and Traffic and Motor Vehicle Departments. A side benefit to be gained, however, is that better resource utilization can be made possible through implementation of intermodal transportation projects at the operating level.

expected benefits of the creation of the department of transportation

Short-range:

1. Provides a central focal point within the District to deal with issues affecting overall municipal, area, and regional transportation planning.

2. Provides unified direction over all related activities in setting and achieving District-wide transportation goals, through closer coordination of the various facets of operations and programs.

3. Permits the expansion of technical and professional planning capability at the operating level without added expense to the District.

4. Permits greater flexibility for applying available resources appropriately to meet program and project priority needs.

5. Creates a more effective use of available professional, technical, and administrative staff skills through the expanded planning and resource flexibility capability.

Long-range:

1. Permits acquisition of additional and more suitable skills needed, through the normal process of employee turnover, for dealing with present day long-range transportation issues.

2. Permits anticipated administrative efficiencies and economies, particularly in the areas of personnel, budget, office services, procurement, and administrative management, through the consolidation of existing administrative staffs and elimination of hierarchical structures now necessary for each of the existing independent agencies.


§ 1–1501.02. Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1975

(21 DCR 2793; Effective July 3, 1975)

Prepared by the Mayor and transmitted to the Council of the District of Columbia on April 8, 1975, pursuant to the provisions of Section 422(12) of the District Charter.

Department of Housing and Community Development

1. Establishment There is established, in the Executive Branch of the Government of the District of Columbia, the Department of Housing and Community Development headed by a Director who shall perform the functions herein transferred, delegated, or otherwise assigned to him, and who shall have the authority to redelegate such functions as he deems necessary.

2. Purpose The Department of Housing and Community Development is established to formulate, develop and recommend housing and community development policy, plans and programs, and to accomplish the promotion, coordination and execution of policy, plans and programs, and the administration of laws, pertaining to housing and community development.

3. Functions The Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development shall:

(a) Provide the Mayor information and advice on matters pertaining to public and private housing and community development plans, programs and activities in the District of Columbia.

(b) Identify the District's housing and community development needs, formulate and recommend housing and community development policy, and accomplish the planning, promotion, coordination and execution of plans, projects and activities to meet the needs.

(c) Develop annual and longer-term housing and community development priorities, goals and objectives for the District.

(d) Prepare in collaboration with the Municipal Planning Office that portion of the Comprehensive Plan that pertains to housing and community development, and recommend changes in that plan when essential to the accomplishment of housing and community development goals and objectives.

(e) Prepare for submission to the Office of Budget and Management Systems that portion of the Capital Improvement Plan and the Multi-Year Program and Financial Plan, developed by the Department, that pertains to housing and community development; and recommend changes in that plan when essential to the accomplishment of housing and community development goals and objectives.

(f) Prepare an annual housing and community development work program and budget.

(g) Ensure that housing and community development plans and plan execution are coordinated with appropriate Federal and local agencies and departments.

(h) Develop with appropriate Federal and local agencies and departments, and with private organizations, plans and programs to create and sustain private developer interest and activity in the District of Columbia.

(i) Develop policies, standards and procedures for conducting housing and community development activities, such as inspection, relocation, land acquisition and disposition, citizen participation, minority contracting, data collection and management.

(j) Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency with which housing and community development programs, projects and activities meet specified goals and objectives.

(k) Establish and maintain a City-wide data collection and data management system pertaining to housing and community development.

(l) Conduct research, field surveys and neighborhood planning and management studies relating to land use and housing conditions, and develop and test new program concepts as demonstration or special projects.

(m) Administer and enforce to the extent authorized by this Plan the statutes, codes and regulations governing housing, and the construction, erection, maintenance, repair, alteration, inspection, zoning, occupancy, use and removal of buildings and their appurtenances and electrical and mechanical equipment.

(n) Promote the preservation and improvement of residential neighborhoods, the development of underdeveloped or inappropriately developed land, and the provision of supportive community services and economic opportunities in or near residential areas.

(o) Manage the affairs of the National Capital Housing Authority and the Model Cities Program.

(p) Provide staff support, administrative, fiscal, and housekeeping services for the Redevelopment Land Agency, National Capital Housing Authority, Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings, Condemnation Review Board, Relocation Advisory Committee (CO 73-151), Urban Renewal Operations Committee (CO 55-998), Building Code Advisory Committee (CO 72-173), and the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Fort Lincoln (CO 72-223).

(q) Review applications filed with the Board of Zoning Adjustment pursuant to Section 3105.42 of the District of Columbia Zoning Regulations and make comments and recommendations thereon to the Board.

(r) Manage the affairs of the Redevelopment Land Agency to the extent authorized by this Plan.

(s) Serve as Model Cities Administrator, State Historic Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia, Administrator of Section 109.10, D.C. Building Code, providing for delay in alteration and demolition of architecturally or historically significant properties, the Mayor's second alternate on the NCPC, the Mayor's first alternate on the NCPC's Housing and Urban Renewal Committee, member of the National Capital Planning Commission's (NCPC) Coordinating Committee, Chairman of the Relocation Advisory Committee, the Urban Renewal Operations Committee and the Building Code Advisory Committee, and Coordinator of the Fort Lincoln New Town Urban Renewal Project (CO 72-223).

(t) Present, at the direction of the Mayor, plans, budgets and proposed programs of the District pertaining to housing and community development to the Council of the District of Columbia, Congressional Committees, Federal agencies, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and other entities.

4. Transfer of functions and delegated authorities respecting the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency The powers, duties and functions of the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency, as set forth in D.C. Code 5-701 through 5-737, are transferred to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, except as herein provided.

The Board of Directors of the Agency established pursuant to D.C. Code 5-703 shall continue to have full powers and duties with respect to the selection of any lessee or purchaser of real property acquired or to be acquired by the Agency. The Board shall also continue to have full powers and duties with respect to the adoption of resolutions and the execution of financial documents on behalf of the Agency in connection with the issuance or redemption of any bonds or notes issued or to be issued on behalf of the Agency. All proposed issuances shall be approved by the Mayor, or his designee.

The functions of adopting, prescribing, amending and repealing bylaws, rules and regulations for the exercise of the powers of the Board or governing the manner in which the Agency's business may be conducted, which have been transferred under Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1968, are transferred to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development.

During the absence or disability of the Director, or in the event of a vacancy in the Office of the Director, such Acting Director as may be designated by the Mayor or such subordinate officer of the Department as may be designated by the Director, shall exercise the powers, duties and functions of the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency that are transferred to the Director by this plan.

5. Transfer of functions and delegated authorities respecting the National Capital Housing Authority The powers, duties and functions of the National Capital Housing Authority, as set forth in the District of Columbia Alley Dwelling Act, as amended (D.C. Code 5-103 through 5-117), are transferred to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, who shall serve as the Authority. In carrying out his functions as such Authority, the Director shall be known as the "National Capital Housing Authority." Such Authority shall be deemed a continuation of the Authority designated under Presidential Executive Order 6868 of October 9, 1934, as amended. During the absence or disability of the Director, or in the event of a vacancy in the Office of the Director, such Acting Director as may be designated by the Mayor or such subordinate officer of the Department as may be designated by the Director, shall act as the Authority.

6. Transfer of functions and delegated authorities relating to the Office of Housing and Community Development The powers, duties and functions of the Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development, as set forth in Commissioner's Orders No. 74-143 of June 29, 1974, No. 74-182 of August 21, 1974, No. 74-189 of September 6, 1974, No. 74-201 of September 25, 1974, and No. 74-233 of November 12, 1974, are transferred to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Office of Housing and Community Development is abolished.

7. Transfer of functions and delegated authorities relating to the Department of Economic Development The powers, duties and functions of the Director of the Department of Economic Development, as set forth in Commissioner's Order No. 69-96 of March 7, 1969, as amended, relating to the administration and enforcement of the building and housing codes and the zoning laws and regulations are transferred to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, except as herein provided. The functions relating to the issuance of licenses, permits and certificates in connection with the administration of such codes, laws and regulations shall remain vested in the Director of the Department of Economic Development.

In addition, the powers, duties, and functions of the Director of the Department of Economic Development relating to the provision of administrative staff for the Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings and the Condemnation Review Board, the administration and enforcement of laws and regulations governing the abatement of nuisances under D.C. Code Sections 5-313 through 5-315 (relating to unlawful conditions); Sections 5-501 through 5-508 (relating to unsafe structures); and Section 6-902 (relating to removal of weeds on residential properties in accordance with Commissioner's Order No. 73-80) are transferred to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development. The powers, duties, and functions of the Director of the Department of Economic Development, as set forth in Commissioner's Order No. 70-301 of August 11, 1970; No. 72-174 of July 7, 1972; No. 73-73 of March 28, 1973; No. 73-168 of July 13, 1973; and No. 73-286 of December 14, 1973, are transferred to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development.

8. Services to be provided by other agencies The Director of the Department of Economic Development shall provide automated data processing services to the Department of Housing and Community Development for the conduct of its building and housing code enforcement activities. The Corporation Counsel [now Attorney General for the District of Columbia] shall perform the functions of general counsel for the Redevelopment Land Agency and the National Capital Housing Authority, which functions are transferred to the Corporation Counsel.

9. Organization The Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, in the performance of the functions assigned to him, is authorized to establish such organizational components with such specified functions as he deems appropriate.

10. Repeal of previous Orders

(a) Commissioner's Order No. 68-376 of May 22, 1968, is hereby repealed and those other Orders; or parts of Orders, in conflict with the provisions of this Plan, are to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed.

(b) Organization Order No. 102, establishing the Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings (Commissioner's Order No. 54-2034), as amended, is further amended

(i) by striking paragraph B in Part I and inserting in lieu thereof the following new paragraph B:

"B. The Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings shall consist of six members, each of whom shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor; one representative of the Department of Housing and Community Development, who shall serve as Chairman; a representative of the Department of Economic Development; a representative of the Department of General Services; and three representatives of the Department of Environmental Services."; and,

(ii) by striking the term "Department of Licenses and Inspections" wherever it appears and inserting in lieu thereof the term "Department of Housing and Community Development".

(c) Organization Order No. 9, appointing Contracting Officers (Commissioner's Order No. 68-399), as amended, is further amended by striking clause (4) in paragraph A in Part I and inserting in lieu thereof "(4) Director, Department of Housing and Community Development;".

11. Transfer of funds and other resources All positions, personnel, property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, and other funds available or to be made available relating to the above functions, other than the functions transferred to the Corporation Counsel, are transferred to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, except that real property titled in the name of the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency shall remain so vested. All positions, personnel, property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, and other funds available or to be available relating to the functions of the General Counsel and legal staffs of the Redevelopment Land Agency and the National Capital Housing Authority are transferred to the Corporation Counsel, who is authorized to establish such organizational components within that Office with such specified functions as may be deemed appropriate. Pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 93-198, section 713, all positions and personnel transferred herein which are in the competitive service shall retain such status and continue to be subject to all rules and regulations governing the competitive service until such time as the D.C. Government merit system is established in accordance with section 422 of Public Law 93-198.

12. Effective Date The provisions of this Plan shall become effective pursuant to the requirements of Section 422(12) of Public Law 93-198.


Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., Title 1, Chapter 15, Subchapter I, Part B.

Mayor's Statement

PRESENT PROBLEM

The need for more effective coordination of the District's housing and community development functions, as well as the associated reduction in administrative costs, has long been recognized. These problems were identified by the Commission on the Organization of the Government of the District Government (the Nelsen Commission) as well as by the Special Citizens Advisory Commission on Urban Renewal.

The Redevelopment Land Agency (RLA) is responsible for executing Urban Renewal Plans that have been adopted by the National Capital Planning Commission and approval by the District of Columbia Council after public hearings in accordance with the D.C. Redevelopment Act, as amended.

The Office of Housing and Community Development is charged with:

identifying the current and future housing and community development needs of the District of Columbia;

developing a strategy for best meeting those needs; and

ensuring the planning and coordination of programs, projects and other activities necessary to carry out that strategy.

The National Capital Housing Authority is responsible for the management of the more than 11,800 dwelling units which comprise the District of Columbia's public housing stock and, in addition, is responsible for the development and identification of new housing resources.

The D.C. Model Cities Program carries out a combined program of housing and economic development and related social support services in a selected area (Service Area Six) of the District, as authorized and funded by the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966.

The Housing, Zoning and Building Code Enforcement Bureau of the Department of Economic Development is responsible for providing community protection through an extensive program of examining buildings - structures, equipment, and plans for compliance with applicable D.C. codes.

PLAN TO ESTABLISH A DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

This plan consolidates the activities of a number of offices and agencies: the Office of Housing and Community Development, the D.C. Redevelopment Land Agency, the National Capital Housing Authority, the Model Cities Commission, and the Housing, Building, and Zoning Divisions of the Department of Economic Development. These functions are placed in a single Department under a Director who, in addition, is designated as the National Capital Housing Authority and who is also delegated authority to prescribe the by-laws, rules, and regulations which govern the exercise of the powers of the Redevelopment Land Agency. Staff support services for the Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings, the Condemnation Review Board, the Relocation Advisory Committee, the Urban Renewal Operations Committee, the Building Code Advisory Committee, and the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Fort Lincoln are also to be provided by the Department.

The need for more effective coordination and less administrative complexity is expected to be achieved by the unification of the above functions.

A) Objective One: A consolidated housing and community development effort: The Department of Housing and Community Development will provide the central focus for directing programs that encompass all housing and community development within the District.

B) Objective Two: A more efficient utilization of Resources: By consolidating presently fragmented functions, economies could be achieved by reducing overlap and duplication of effort, newly-formed functions can be funded by a redirection of present resources.

C) Anticipated Benefits to be accrued by Reorganization Plan No. 3:

Near-term:

1. A central entity within the District to address issues affecting overall city-wide community development.

2. Closer coordination and planning of priorities.

3. Expansion of technical and professional staff within existing resources.

4. Greater flexibility for applying available resources to program needs.

5. A more efficient utilization of available professional, technical and administrative staff skills.

Long-term:

1. Program expansion through redirection of existing resources and through normal employee turnover.

2. Cost savings by consolidating administrative functions such as personnel, finance, procurement and computer services.

ELEMENTS OF REORGANIZATION PACKAGE

The supplements of this Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1975 are attached as follows:

A. Organization Chart:This chart outlines the structure of the new Department.

B. Functional Statement: A list, keyed to the chart, of the functions of the principal units.

C. Schedule of Existing Positions: The first purpose of this printout is to indicate the tentative arrangement of positions along functional lines within the Department. This is not a proposed realignment. The second purpose is to list every position, filled or not, the grade, salary, job title, and the source of funding.

D. Reorganization Process Timetable: The timetable for full implementation of the desired reorganization.

CONCLUSION

It is my belief that this Reorganization Plan will substantially improve the capability of the District Government to plan, coordinate, and carry out its housing and community development program.