Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter III. Capital Project Review and Reconciliation.


§ 50–921.51. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “CFO” means the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia.

(2) “Director of Capital Programs” means the Director of Capital Programs within the Office of Budget and Planning of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

(3) “Inactive” means that no nonpersonal service funds have been obligated or expended for a capital project during the immediately preceding months.

(4) “Local Streets Ward-Based Capital Projects” means the District Department of Transportation’s 8 local streets ward-based capital projects (Project No. SR301-SR308), which endeavor to preserve, maintain, repair, or replace the District’s sidewalks, curbs, and local roads.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11h [11i]; as added Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 9002, 59 DCR 8025.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 added this section.

Editor's Notes

D.C. Law 19-168, § 9002, added Title IV, consisting of §§ 11h to 11k, to D.C. Law 14-137.

Section 11h of D.C. Law 14-137, as added by D.C. Law 19-168, § 9002, is codified as this section.

Section 11h of D.C. Law 14-137, as added May 27, 2010, by D.C. Law 18-182, § 2(b), 57 DCR 3404, is codified as § 50-921.38.


§ 50–921.52. Criteria for closing capital projects.

(a) For any capital project funded with local transportation revenues, the CFO, in consultation with the Mayor, may close the project if the project:

(1) Has obligated or expended funds in excess of its approved budget; or

(2) Has been inactive for 12 months or longer.

(b) For any capital project funded from revenues in the District of Columbia Highway Trust Fund, the CFO, in consultation with the Mayor and the Federal Highway Administration Division, may close the project if the project:

(1) Has been closed by the United States Department of Transportation;

(2) Has an open balance of:

(A) $500,000 or more, and has been inactive for 12 months;

(B) Between $50,000 and $499,999, and has been inactive for 24 months; or

(C) Less than $50,000, and has been inactive for 36 months; or

(3) Has obligated or expended funds in excess of its approved budget.

(c) If a capital project has a budget allotment in excess of its budget authority, the CFO, in consultation with the Mayor, may adjust the allotment to align it with the correct budget authority.

(d) The CFO may delegate the authority granted to him or her by this section to the Director of Capital Programs.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11i [11j]; as added Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 9002, 59 DCR 8025; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 8065, 64 DCR 7652.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 50-921.53.

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 added this section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 8065 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 8065 of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

Editor's Notes

Section 11h of D.C. Law 14-137, as added as added by D.C. Law 19-168, § 3012, is codified as § 50-921.51.


§ 50–921.53. Use of funds resulting from closure.

(a) Funds resulting from the closure of a capital project pursuant to § 50-921.52(a) shall be allocated to restore funding to the Vision Zero Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Fund, established by § 50-921.20, up to an annual level of $1.5 million and then equally among the Local Streets Ward-based capital projects; provided, that funds specific to non-participating costs shall be allocated to the non-participating Highway Trust Fund Support project.

(b) Funds resulting from the closure of capital projects pursuant to § 50-921.52(b) shall be allocated to the Federal Highway Administration capital projects approved for the current fiscal year as part of that year’s Budget Request Act.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11j [11k]; as added Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 9002, 59 DCR 8025; Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 8012, 61 DCR 9990; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 6033(b), 62 DCR 10905.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 added this section.

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-155 rewrote (a).

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 substituted “the Vision Zero Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Fund, established by § 50-921.20” for “the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enhancement Fund, established by § 1-325.131” in (a).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 8012 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 8012 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 8012 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 6033(b) of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).


§ 50–921.54. Quarterly summary.

The CFO shall submit to the Mayor and the Council a quarterly summary of all capital project closures conducted pursuant to this subchapter.


(May 21, 2002, D.C. Law 14-137, § 11k [11l]; as added Sept. 20, 2012, D.C. Law 19-168, § 9002, 59 DCR 8025.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2012 amendment by D.C. Law 19-168 added this section.

Editor's Notes

Section 9012 of D.C. Law 19-168 provided that beginning October 1, 2012, the Mayor shall submit to the Council, on a quarterly basis, a report certified by the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia providing the lists of the projects or accounts to which any budget obligations or cash expenditures have been charged or reclassified under the Office of Contracting and Procurement’s Article 3 provision for emergency approval of expenditures for the District Department of Transportation. The quarterly reports shall include documentation of sufficient capital budget to support the obligations or expenditures.