Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VIII. 1987


§ 1–1508.01. Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1987

(Effective December 15, 1987)

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

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC AND ASSISTED HOUSING

I. Establishment There is hereby established in the Executive Branch of the Government of the District of Columbia, the "Department of Public and Assisted Housing" under the supervision of a Director who shall be appointed by the Mayor to a position in the Executive Service pursuant to Title X of the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978, D.C. Law 2-139, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Code Sections 1-611.1 to 1-611.2), and subject to the advice and consent of the Council, as provided in Section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, D.C. Law 2-142, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Code Section 1-633.7). The Deputy Director for Public Housing of the existing Department of Housing and Community Development shall be the Acting Director pending confirmation by the Council.

II. Purpose The mission of the Department of Public and Assisted Housing is to ensure the provision of safe, decent and sanitary low-cost public and subsidized housing to those residents of the District of Columbia who are eligible for such housing based upon eligibility criteria or guidelines established under my applicable federal or local laws or regulations.

III. Functions

A. The functions of the Department of Public and Assisted Housing shall be to:

(1) Provide the Mayor information and advice on matters pertaining to public and subsidized housing plans, programs, and activities within the District of Columbia.

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

(3) Develop annual and longer-term public and subsidized housing priorities and goals and budgets.

(4) Identify and develop new public and subsidized housing resources.

(5) Operate, manage and maintain the District's public housing stock.

(6) Administer and operate federal subsidy programs established pursuant to Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended.

(7) Administer and operate the Tenant Assistance Program established pursuant to Title III of the District of Columbia Rental Housing Act of 1985, as amended.

(8) Develop and coordinate the delivery of tenant programs and services including educational training programs, day care services, job-training and employment opportunities, homeownership; health care and other social services for families and individuals residing in public or subsidized housing.

(9) Ensure that plans, programs and activities are in compliance with all applicable federal and local laws and regulations and coordinated with appropriate federal and local agencies.

B. The following functions are hereby transferred to the Department of Public and Assisted Housing:

(1) All of the functions related to the powers and duties of the National Capital Housing Authority established pursuant to the District of Columbia Alley Dwelling Act, as amended (D.C. Code 5-101 through 5-116), and Presidential Executive Order 6868 of October 9, 1934, as amended and transferred to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) pursuant to Reorganization Order No. 3 of 1975 (21 DCR 2793; effective July 3, 1975), including the functions identified in the following Organizational Orders of the Department of Housing and Community Development:

(a) All of the functions related to the Public Housing Modernization Administration as identified in DHCD Organizational Order No. 85-8, dated November 19, 1985, including the functional statement related to the Public Housing Modernization Administration, attached thereto, approved November 19, 1985.

(b) All of the functions related to the Property Management Administration as identified in DHCD Organizational Order No. 84-8, dated August 10, 1984, including the functional statement related to the Property Management Administration attached thereto, approved August 10, 1984, as amended by DHCD Organizational Order No. 86-3, related to the establishment of the Rent Collection Division, Property Management Administration, dated September 18, 1986, including the functional statement attached thereto and approved September 18, 1986.

(c) The functions relating to the acquisition, development and production of new public housing units; the development of public housing homeownership opportunities for low-income families, and the marketing and disposition of existing public housing units, as identified in DHCD Organizational Order No. 86-1, dated March 27, 1986, relating to the Housing Production and Disposition Division, including the functional statement dated March 27, 1986, except for the functions relating to the sale for private development of residential properties identified in the Marketing and Disposition Branch of the Housing Production and Disposition Division.

(2) All of the functions of the Department of Housing and Community Development related to the Tenant Assistance Program established pursuant to D.C. Law 6-10 (D.C. Code Section 45-2532) and as delegated to the Department of Housing and Community Development pursuant to Mayor's Order 86-27, effective February 6, 1986; and as further identified in DHCD Organizational Order No. 85-10, dated November 29, 1985, including the functional statement attached thereto, approved November 29, 1985.

(3) All of the functions of the Department of Housing and Community Development related to the operations and administration of the subsidized housing programs established pursuant to Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, including the functions identified in the following DHCD Organizational Orders:

(a) All of the functions relating to the Section 8 Housing Program Division of the Housing and Business Resources Administration as identified in DHCD Organizational Order 82-5, dated April 26, 1982, including the functional statement attached thereto, approved April 26, 1982; except the functions relating to Rent Regulatory Agreements identified in the Moderate, Substantial Rehabilitation and Rent Regulatory Branch of the Section 8 Housing Program Division.

(b) All of the functions relating to the development, production and financing of Section 8 Subsidized Housing of the Multifamily Housing Development Finance Division of the Neighborhood Improvement Administration as identified in DHCD Organizational Order 84-7, dated August 1, 1984, including the functional statement attached thereto, approved August 1, 1984.

IV. Transfers All positions, property, records, and unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations, and other funds available or to be made available relating to the duties and functions assigned herein, are hereby transferred to the Department of Public and Assisted Housing.

V. Organization The Director of the Department of Public and Assisted Housing is authorized to organize the personnel and property transferred herein within any organizational unit of the Department as the Director deems appropriate.

VI. Abolishment The National Capital Housing Authority is hereby abolished.

VII. Effective Date This Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1987 shall become effective in accordance with Section 422(12) of Public Law 93-198, or on a date thereafter to be designated pursuant to Executive Order of the Mayor.


Prior Codifications

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


§ 1–1508.02. Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1987

(Effective July 3, 1987)

I. Purpose The purpose of this reorganization is to extend the Mayor's authority to issue grants under Section 13 of the Water Pollution Control Act of 1984, effective March 16, 1985 (D.C. Law 5-188; D.C. Code Sec. 6-932 (1986 Supp.)) (hereinafter the "Water Act") to the Director of the Department of Public Works. This authority is in addition to similar authority granted to the Director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

II. Functions The following function shall be vested in both the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of Public Works:

Under Section 13 of the Water Act, the function of issuing grants to universities and institutions for research concerning the quality of District waters.

III. Transfers There is no transfers of positions, property, records or unexpended balances of appropriations, allocations and other funds available or to be made available relating to the duties and functions assigned herein.

IV. Effective Date The provisions of this Plan shall become effective pursuant to the promulgation of an executive order of the Mayor establishing the same no later than thirty (30) calendar days after this Plan has been approved in accordance with the requirements of Section 422(12) of District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, Public Law 93-198, effective December 24, 1973 (D.C. Code Sec. 1-242(12) [1-204.22]).


Prior Codifications

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

Mayor's Statement

This Reorganization is a reallocation of delegated authority. The Departments of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and Public Works are to share the authority to issue grants pursuant to the Water Pollution Control Act of 1984 ("the Act"), D.C. Code § 6-921 [8-103.01] et seq. By Mayor's Order 85-152, dated September 12, 1985, I delegated my authority to administer the Act to the Director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Since I issued that Order, however, it has become clear that it should be modified to coincide more clearly with the respective functions of, and projects managed by, the Departments of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and Public Works.

In particular, I believe a reorganization to permit Public Works to issue grants for projects related to, or affecting, the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant and the improvement of water quality in the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers will result in a more efficient utilization of departmental resources and staff. While the missions and responsibilities of the two departments are related, often closely, Public Works is most knowledgeable of the time, program requirements, technical support and other constraints associated with projects such as the combined sewer abatement program and the Anacostia River cleanup effort. These and similar programs impact upon the operation and plant processes of Blue Plains and the requirements imposed upon the District under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The federal government contributes 55 percent (and in the past contributed 75 percent) of the cost of various construction and water quality projects. The application process often entails a series of deadlines and submittal requirements uniquely and readily within the Public Works' purview. Therefore, in order to maximize the District's responsiveness to both federal grant application requirements and the subsequent release of such funds to District's grantees, I am proposing a reorganization to permit Public Works and Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to share the grant making authority set forth in Section 13 (D.C. Code § 6-932 [8-103.12]) of the Act.

Under this proposed change, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will still have authority to issue grants for projects which fall under its responsibilities as the state regulatory agency for the District of Columbia. Public Works will have authority to issue grants for research related to the construction and monitoring of public facilities designed to improve water quality. Apart from the sharing of authority, no other changes are necessitated by this reorganization. Both departments will continue to obtain federal grants within their existing office structures and will issue grants to local recipients. Consequently, while no reduction in expenditures is contemplated, neither will expenditures increase, because both departments will utilized current staff to administer grant fund.

The assignment of these duties jointly to the two departments administering the District's environmental programs and responsibilities ultimately will ensure the public health and safety and the quality of District and regional waters; and there will be no additional burden upon District resources.