Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. General Provisions.


§ 3–301. Declaration of policy.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Congress that the District of Columbia National Guard Armory shall be maintained and operated primarily to provide facilities for the quartering and training of the District of Columbia National Guard, and, secondarily, to provide suitable facilities for major athletic events, conventions, concerts, such other activities as may be in the interest of the District of Columbia, including, but not limited to, the provision of emergency protection when the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and that such Armory shall be operated as nearly as practicable on a self-supporting basis.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 339, ch. 418, § 1; Mar. 16, 1989, D.C. Law 7-204, § 3, 36 DCR 454; Oct. 22, 2005, D.C. Law 16-35, § 32(c), (e), 52 DCR 8113.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-301.

1973 Ed., § 2-1701.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 10-1202.02a.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-35 substituted “such other activities as may be in the interest of the District of Columbia, including, but not limited to, the provision of emergency protection when the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit,” for “such other activities as may be in the interest of the District of Columbia,”.

Transfer of Functions

Transfer of nonmilitary functions to Sports Commission: Section 19 of D.C. Law 10-152, provided, in part, that the Sports Commission shall assume all nonmilitary functions of the Armory Board as are set forth in § 2-306 § 3-306, 2001 Ed. and that all references to the Armory Board in subchapter II of Chapter 3 of Title 2 subchapter II of Chapter 3 of Title 3, 2001 Ed. are intended to be references to the Sports Commission unless the clear meaning requires otherwise.

References in Text

The National Guard, referred to in this section, was substituted for the Militia pursuant to the Act of February 18, 1909, 35 Stat. 636.

Editor's Notes

Section 2 of D.C. Law 10-206 amended § 19 of D.C. Law 10-152 by adding (e) and (f) which contain provisions authorizing the Armory Board to exercise its nonmilitary functions and authority on an interim basis and ratifying actions taken during the interim period.

Appropriations authorized: Public Law 104-194, 110 Stat. 2363, the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1997, provided for the Starplex Fund, $8,717,000 from other funds for expenses incurred by the Armory Board in the exercise of its powers granted by this subchapter and subchapter II of this chapter: Provided, That the Mayor shall submit a budget for the Armory Board for the forthcoming fiscal year as required by [§ 47-301(b) § 1-204.42, 2001 Ed.].

Construction of Law

Construction of Law 7-204

Section 7 of D.C. Law 7-204 provided that nothing in the act shall be construed to reduce the rights recognized by subchapter I of Chapter 6 of Title 3 [subchapter I of Chapter 7 of Title 4, 2001 Ed.].


§ 3–302. Establishment; composition; term of office; alternates; compensation; election of Chairman.

There is established an Armory Board, to be composed of the Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard, and 2 other members appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia by and with the advice and consent of the Council of the District of Columbia. The members appointed by the Mayor shall each serve for a term of 4 years beginning on the date such member qualifies. Each member of the Armory Board is authorized to appoint, and in his discretion to withdraw the appointment of, an alternate and to delegate to such alternate authority to act in his place and stead in respect of the powers granted by this subchapter. The members of said Board and the alternates shall serve without additional compensation. Said Armory Board shall elect a Chairman from among its members.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 339, ch. 418, § 2; Dec. 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 811, Pub. L. 93-198, title IV, § 494.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-302.

1973 Ed., § 2-1702.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-315.02, § 1-523.01, and § 1-604.06.

Cross References

“Agency” defined, see 1-315.02.

Disclosure of financial interests, requirements, see 1-1106.02.

Nomination and approval of agency heads, see 1-523.01.

Personnel authority, rules and regulations, implementation, see 1-604.06.

Transfer of Functions

Transfer of nonmilitary functions to Sports Commission: Section 19 of D.C. Law 10-152, provided, in part, that the Sports Commission shall assume all nonmilitary functions of the Armory Board as are set forth in § 2-306 repealed and that all references to the Armory Board in Subchapter II of Chapter 3 of Title 2 are intended to be references to the Sports Commission unless the clear meaning requires otherwise.

References in Text

The National Guard, referred to in the first sentence of this section, was substituted for the Militia pursuant to the Act of February 18, 1909, 35 Stat. 636.

Editor's Notes

Section 2 of D.C. Law 10-206 amended § 19 of D.C. Law 10-152 by adding (e) and (f) which contain provisions authorizing the Armory Board to exercise its nonmilitary functions and authority on an interim basis and ratifying actions taken by the Board during the interim period.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-211), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-213(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 3–303. Control of and jurisdiction over Armory; maintenance and repair.

For the purposes of this subchapter, said Armory Board is vested with the control of and jurisdiction over the District of Columbia National Guard Armory. For the purposes of maintenance and repair, the Office of Contracting and Procurement shall perform all contracting on behalf of the Armory.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 339, ch. 418, § 3; Apr. 12, 1997, D.C. Law 11-259,§ 309, 44 DCR 1423.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-303.

1973 Ed., § 2-1703.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 3–304. Motor vehicle parking areas.

Upon the request of the Armory Board the Secretary of the Interior shall provide for the use of said Board, under such arrangements for improvement, lighting, and maintenance as may be agreed upon between the Secretary of the Interior and said Board, such areas of land adjacent to the Armory and under the control of the Secretary of the Interior as said Board deems adequate for motor vehicle parking purposes.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 339, ch. 418, § 4.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-304.

1973 Ed., § 2-1704.


§ 3–305. Use of Armory by National Guard.

The Armory Board shall set aside for the exclusive use of the District of Columbia National Guard such parts of the headquarters and regimental buildings and basement of the drill hall, and such of the storage rooms contiguous to the drill hall as shown upon drawing A-3, first-floor plan, approved by the Council of the District of Columbia April 19, 1940, as said Armory Board may from time to time find are necessary for the use of the National Guard. The parts of the Armory so set aside for the use of the National Guard shall be under the control and jurisdiction of the Commanding General of the National Guard for all purposes except maintenance and repair of the Armory. The drill hall and those parts of the Armory not set aside for the exclusive use of the National Guard shall be available to the National Guard under schedules for joint use made by the Armory Board so as to carry out the purposes and intent of this subchapter.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 339, ch. 418, § 5.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-305.

1973 Ed., § 2-1705.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 3-343.01.

References in Text

The National Guard, referred to throughout this section, was substituted for the Militia pursuant to the Act of February 18, 1909, 35 Stat. 636.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to the District of Columbia Council, subject to the right of the Commissioner as provided in § 406 of the Plan. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 3–306. Authorization of Board to carry out secondary purposes of subchapter. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 340, ch. 418, § 6; Apr. 7, 1977, D.C. Law 1-113, § 2(1), 23 DCR 8742; June 14, 1980, D.C. Law 3-70, § 7(o)(1), 27 DCR 1776; Aug. 23, 1994, D.C. Law 10-152, § 21(c), 41 DCR 4636; Mar. 23, 1995, D.C. Law 10-246, § 8(h).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-306.

1973 Ed., § 2-1706.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary repeal of section, see § 8(h) of the Recreation Emergency Act of 1995 (D.C. Act 11-20, February 28, 1995, 42 DCR 1175).

Transfer of Functions

Transfer of nonmilitary functions to Sports Commission: For temporary amendment of D.C. Law 10-152, authorizing the Armory Board to exercise its nonmilitary functions and authority on an interim basis, see § 2 of the Armory Board Interim Authority Emergency Amendment Act of 1994 (D.C. Act 10-325, October 14, 1994, 41 DCR 7027) and § 2 of the Armory Board Interim Authority Congressional Adjournment Emergency Amendment Act of 1995 (D.C. Act 11-5, January 19, 1995, 42 DCR 545).


§ 3–307. Starplex Fund. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 341, ch. 418, § 8; Aug. 4, 1955, 69 Stat. 498, ch. 562,§ 1; July 28, 1958, 72 Stat. 423, Pub. L. 85-561, § 2(a); Sept. 23, 1959, 73 Stat. 702, Pub. L. 86-378, § 2; Apr. 7, 1977, D.C. Law 1-113, § 2(2), 23 DCR 8742; June 14, 1980, D.C. Law 3-70, § 7(o)(3)-(6), 27 DCR 1776; Oct. 19, 1989, D.C. Law 8-44, § 2, 36 DCR 5777; Aug. 23, 1994, D.C. Law 10-152, § 21(c), 41 DCR 4636; Mar. 23, 1995, D.C. Law 10-246, § 8(h).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-307.

1973 Ed., § 2-1708.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary repeal of section, see § 8(h) of the Recreation Emergency Act of 1995 (D.C. Act 11-20, February 28, 1995, 42 DCR 1175).


§ 3–308. Transfer of assets held in various funds.

All assets held in the Armory Board Working Capital Fund, the Canteen Fund of the District of Columbia National Guard, and the Stadium Operating Fund shall be transferred to the Starplex Fund; provided, that the assets in the Canteen Fund and any funds derived from the operation of a canteen fund and any funds derived from the operation of a canteen in the Armory for the use and benefit of the District of Columbia National Guard shall inure to the benefit of the District of Columbia National Guard.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 341, ch. 418, § 8a; as added June 14, 1980, D.C. Law 3-70, § 7(o)(7), 27 DCR 1776; Mar. 25, 2009, D.C. Law 17-353, § 185, 56 DCR 1117.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-308.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-353 deleted “established by § 3-307” following “Starplex Fund”.

References in Text

Section 3-307, referred to in this section, was repealed by D.C. Law 10-152, 41 DCR 4636, effective Aug. 23, 1994.


§ 3–309. Manager; employment of additional personnel. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 342, ch. 418, § 9; Aug. 19, 1964, 78 Stat. 494, Pub. L. 88-448, title IV, § 402(a)(27); Aug. 23, 1994, D.C. Law 10-152, § 21(c), 41 DCR 4636; Mar. 23, 1995, D.C. Law 10-246, § 8(h).)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-309.

1973 Ed., § 2-1709.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary repeal of section, see § 8(h) of the Recreation Emergency Act of 1995 (D.C. Act 11-20, February 28, 1995, 42 DCR 1175).


§ 3–310. Financial statement; report of activities and business; recommendations. [Repealed]

Repealed.


(June 4, 1948, 62 Stat. 342, ch. 418, § 10; Nov. 15, 1977, 91 Stat. 1383, Pub. L. 95-185, § 2; Aug. 17, 2016, D.C. Law 21-143, § 3, 63 DCR 7589.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-310.

1973 Ed., § 2-1710.

Cross References

District of Columbia fiscal management, issuance of revenue bonds, limitations, see § 1-206.03.

National Children’s Island, facilities and parking, available lands, see § 10-1404.

Sports and entertainment commission, assumption of nonmilitary functions of armory board, see § 3-1418.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this section, see § 3 of Repeal of Outdated and Unnecessary Audit Mandates Emergency Amendment Act of 2016 (D.C. Act 21-403, May 21, 2016, 63 DCR 7925).

Editor's Notes

Office of Auditor abolished: The Office of the Auditor of the District of Columbia was abolished and the functions thereof transferred to the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia by Reorganization Plan No. 5 of 1952. Reorganization Order No. 3 of the Board of Commissioners, dated August 28, 1952, established, under the direction and control of the Board of Commissioners, a Department of General Administration headed by a Director. The Order transferred to the Director of General Administration all of the functions of the Office of Auditor. Reorganization Order No. 19 established the Internal Audit Office headed by an Internal Audit Officer in the Department of General Administration. The function of certifying as to the accuracy of the yearly financial statement of the Armory Board was transferred to the Internal Audit Office. The executive functions of the Board of Commissioners were transferred to the Commissioner of the District of Columbia by § 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967. Reorganization Order Nos. 3 and 19 were revoked by Organization Order No. 3 of the Commissioner of the District of Columbia, dated December 13, 1967. Organization Order No. 3 established within the newly created Department of General Administration an Internal Audit Office and prescribed the functions thereof. These functions were subsequently transferred to the Director of the Department of Finance and Revenue by Commissioner’s Order No. 69-96, dated March 7, 1969. Part IVB of Organization Order No. 3 and that portion of paragraph 4 of Commissioner’s Order No. 69-96 pertaining to a transfer of audit functions to the Department of Finance and Revenue were revoked by Organization Order No. 33, dated July 14, 1972. The latter Order established an Office of Municipal Audit and Inspection and prescribed the functions thereof. Organization Order No. 50, dated December 31, 1974, established the Office of Budget and Management Systems, and transferred to that Office the functions of the Municipal Audit Office. The Office of Budget and Management Systems was replaced by Mayor’s Order 79-5, dated January 2, 1979, which Order established the Office of Budget and Resource Development.