Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VII. Automated Data Processing.


§ 2–213.01. Automatic data processing — Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Automatic data processing” means the use of computers for the dissemination, storage, retrieval, and reporting of information associated with an administrative or managerial function.

(2) “Automated data system” means a set of logically related computer programs designed to accomplish specific objectives or functions.

(3) “Computer” means an electromechanical device capable of accepting information and data, performing logical and arithmetical operations, and reporting the results.

(4) “Hardware” means input and output devices, arithmetic and control circuits, and memory devices.

(5) “Information systems” means a single network or networks of steps for processing information that is associated with a particular operation or a set of related operations.

(6) “Information systems technology” means the applied science associated with the development of networks for the processing of information.

(7) “Software” means the procedures, instructions, code sets, assemblers, compilers, and all other associated supporting processes required to run a computer program on the equipment itself.


(Mar. 15, 1985, D.C. Law 5-168, § 2, 32 DCR 721.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1134.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary establishment of an Office of the Chief Technology Officer, see § 1412 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Support Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-401, July 13, 1998, 45 DCR 4794), and see § 1412 of the Fiscal Year 1999 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 1998 (D.C. Act 12-564, January 12, 1999, 46 DCR 669).

Section 2101 of D.C. Act 12-564 provided for the application of the act.

Editor's Notes

Establishment of Office of the Chief Technology Officer: Section 1812 of D.C. Law 12-175 established, in the Executive Branch of the government of the District of Columbia, an Office of the Chief Technology Officer under the supervision of a Chief Technology Officer, who shall carry out the functions and authorities assigned to that office.


§ 2–213.02. Automatic data processing — Duties of Mayor.

(a) The Mayor shall:

(1) Provide direction and coordination for the District’s automated data systems, information systems, automated data and word processing resources, and telecommunications systems;

(2) Reduce the duplication of data collection, storage, and reporting;

(3) Ensure, to the maximum extent possible, compatibility of all new acquisitions of automatic data processing related, word processing, and telecommunications equipment with existing equipment and information systems;

(4) Remain abreast of new developments in automatic data processing, word processing, telecommunications, and information systems technology, and the extent to which these developments can benefit the needs of the District;

(5) Perform evaluations and feasibility studies prior to the District’s adoption of new information systems technology to ascertain the costs and benefits that will accrue to the District; and

(6) Establish and maintain an inventory of all data and word processing and telecommunications equipment, including hardware, software, and appropriate documentation for all major information systems.

(b) The Mayor shall establish, maintain, and provide to all departments and agencies under the Mayor:

(1) Consistent policies, principles, standards, and guidelines for the acquisition, utilization, operation, and maintenance of automatic data processing, word processing, and telecommunications equipment and related information systems technology;

(2) Consistent policies, principles, standards, and guidelines for data and information collection, storage and reporting that facilitate the sharing of information among agencies and reduce duplicative efforts;

(3) Scientific and technical advisory services relating to automatic data processing, word processing, telecommunications, automatic data systems, and information systems, including the development of specifications for and the selection of all hardware, software, and the types and configurations of computers and related equipment that are needed;

(4) Consistent policies, principles, standards, and guidelines for the recruitment, classification, and training of persons in positions associated with automatic data processing and information systems technology;

(5) A multiyear comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of the District government regarding automatic data processing and information systems technology;

(6) Consistent policies, principles, standards, and guidelines for the security, protection, and preservation of automated data systems, automatic data processing equipment, and information systems, including contingency or backup plans for disaster and emergency recovery;

(7) Consistent policies, principles, standards, and guidelines for ensuring compatibility in the acquisition of automatic data processing related resources with existing resources and data systems and information systems; and

(8) Consistent standards and requirements for agency audits of all major automated data systems and information systems.

(c) Repealed.


(Mar. 15, 1985, D.C. Law 5-168, § 3, 32 DCR 721; Apr. 12, 1997, D.C. Law 11-259, § 305(a), 44 DCR 1423.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 1-1135.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority pursuant to Law 5-168, see Mayor’s Order 86-150, September 1, 1986.


§ 2–213.03. Automatic data processing — Delegation of certain Mayoral authority. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(Mar. 15, 1985, D.C. Law 5-168, § 4, 32 DCR 721; Apr. 12, 1997, D.C. Law 11-259, § 305(b), 44 DCR 1423.)