Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter XIX. Incentive Awards.


§ 1–619.01. Authority to grant awards.

(a) The Mayor and the District of Columbia Board of Education shall issue rules and regulations authorizing the granting of cash and honorary awards to employees for their suggestions, inventions, superior accomplishments, length of service, and other meritorious efforts which contribute to the efficiency, economy, or otherwise improve the operation of the District government.

(b) The Mayor is authorized to make honorary awards to citizens who make significant contributions to the public good, or who submit ideas or inventions which materially benefit the District of Columbia.

(c) Awards to employees of the District government pursuant to this subchapter may include tangible items with a monetary value of no more than $50 and time off without loss of pay or charge to leave.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1901, 25 DCR 5740; June 10, 1998, D.C. Law 12-124, § 101(u)(1), 45 DCR 2464.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-620.1.

1973 Ed., § 1-349.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-619.02 and § 2-360.01.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of § 101(u) of D.C. Law 12-124: Section 401(c) of D.C. Law 12-124, as amended by § 60 of D.C. Law 12- 264, provided that § 101(h), (l), (m), (n), (o)(2) through (5), (q), (r), (t), (u), (w), and (y) of the act shall apply as of October 21, 1998.

Mayor's Orders

Extension of Retirement Awards Program Pursuant to Sections 1902.1(a)(6) and 1904.7 of Chapter 19, Incentive Awards, of Title 6 of the District of Columbia, see Mayor’s Order 2010-38, February 26, 2010 ( 57 DCR 1788).


§ 1–619.02. Limitation upon awards.

A cash award authorized under the provisions of § 1-619.01(a) may not exceed $5,000 or 10% of the employee’s scheduled rate of basic pay, whichever is greater; except, that in the case of suggestions or inventions resulting in a tangible monetary savings or increased revenues, an award shall be based on a percentage formula of the estimated savings or revenues, not to exceed $25,000. No cash award shall be granted to an employee without a written determination by the Mayor or the employee’s independent personnel authority that set forth the specific reasons the award is justified. The written determination shall be forwarded to the Council for its information within 30 days of its execution.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1902, 25 DCR 5740; Mar. 24, 1990, D.C. Law 8-97, § 3(d), 37 DCR 1046; June 10, 1998, D.C. Law 12-124, § 101(u)(2), 45 DCR 2464.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-620.2.

1973 Ed., § 1-349.2.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary addition of § 1-620.3 1981 Ed., see § 2(b) of the Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act Pilot Program Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-120, August 1, 1997, 44 DCR 4643), and see § 2(b) of the Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act Pilot Program Legislative Review Emergency Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Act 12-178, October 30, 1997, 44 DCR 6946).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of § 101(u) of D.C. Law 12-124: See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 1-619.01.


§ 1–619.03. Personnel authority pilot programs.

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, or any other provision of law or regulation, and consistent with § 1-204.22 the Mayor may implement pilot personnel programs in the area of incentive awards as related to performance, including gainsharing. Pilot programs may be established during any control period as defined in § 47-393, to help ensure successful implementation of the transformation of the District of Columbia government workforce.

(b) The Mayor may issue rules and regulations to implement these programs.


(Mar. 3, 1979, D.C. Law 2-139, § 1903; as added June 10, 1998, D.C. Law 12-124, § 101(u)(3), 45 DCR 2464.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-620.3.

Cross References

Mayor and Council members, coverage, see § 1-602.02.

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

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) addition of section, see § 2(b) of Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act Pilot Program Temporary Amendment Act of 1997 (D.C. Law 12-47, April 27, 1998, law notification 45 DCR 1508).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of § 101(u) of D.C. Law 12-124: Section 401(c) of D.C. Law 12-124, as amended by § 60 of D.C. Law 12-264, provided that § 101(h), (l), (m), (n), (o)(2) through (5), (q), (r), (t), (u), (w), and (y) of the act shall apply as of October 21, 1998.

Construction of Law

Construction of Law 12-124

Section 301 of D.C. Law 12-124 provided that nothing in the act shall be construed as superseding the provisions of the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, approved August 5, 1997 (Public Law 105-33; 111 Stat. 712), except that § 47-395.04(b)(3) is expressly superseded. Further, nothing in the act shall be construed as superseding the provisions of § 47-391.01 et seq. or of § 164 of the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1998, approved November 19, 1997 (Public Law 105-100; 111 Stat. 2160).