Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission.


§ 6–1031. Short title.

This subchapter may be cited as the “Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission Act of 2002”.


(Oct. 1, 2002, D.C. Law 14-190, § 1141, 49 DCR 6968.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of §§ 6-1031 to 6-1037, see §§ 1141 to 1147 of Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2002 (D.C. Act 14-453, July 23, 2002, 49 DCR 8026).


§ 6–1032. Establishment of the Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission; membership; chairperson.

(a) There is established a Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission (“Commission”).

(b) The Commission shall consist of the following 7 members:

(1) Three ex officio members, as follows:

(A) The Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia (“Council”), or a designee of the Chairman;

(B) The chairperson of the Council’s Committee on Economic Development, or a designee of the chairperson; and

(C) The Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (“Director”), or a designee of the Director;

(2) Four public members, appointed by the Mayor, subject to the advice and consent of the Council under § 1-523.01(f). The public members shall be nominated as follows:

(A) Two members shall have expertise in government regulations related to grants managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; provided, that the member shall not be a current or former officer, employee, agent, or other affiliate of an organization that has received funding from the Department of Housing and Community Development within the prior 5 years; and

(B) One member shall have expertise in human resources and organizational management; provided, that the member shall not be a current or former officer, employee, agent, or other affiliate of an organization which has received funding from the Department of Housing and Community Development within the prior 5 years; and

(C) One member shall have expertise in financial systems and information technology; provided, that the member shall not be a current or former officer, employee, agent, or other affiliate of an organization which has received funding from the Department of Housing and Community Development within the prior 5 years.

(c) The Mayor shall nominate the public members of the Commission within 45 days after October 1, 2002.

(d) The Chairperson of the Commission shall be designated by the Mayor in consultation with the chairperson of the Council Committee on Economic Development.


(Oct. 1, 2002, D.C. Law 14-190, § 1142, 49 DCR 6968.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-523.01.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission Emergency Amendment Act of 2003 (D.C. Act 15-223, November 25, 2003, 50 DCR 10700).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission Temporary Amendment Act of 2003 (D.C. Law 15-91, March 10, 2004, law notification 51 DCR 3611).


§ 6–1033. Responsibilities of the Commission; report.

(a) The Commission shall review the operations and administration of the Department of Housing and Community Development (“Department”) and recommend to the Council and the Mayor legislative, regulatory, and administrative changes to improve the operation and administration of the Department.

(b) Before the first meeting of the Commission, the Director shall provide to the members of the Commission copies of all relevant studies, reports, correspondence, memoranda, and strategic plans maintained by the Department and completed within the previous 3 years which are related to matters within the purview of the Commission. The documents provided shall include notifications, correspondence, and reports from or to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, reports of the Inspector General, Department spending plans; Department strategic plans, Department policies and manuals, and correspondence with the Council, Council committees, and members of the Council. The Commission may request additional documents pursuant to § 6-1034(b).

(c) The Commission shall provide an assessment or recommendations on the following issues:

(1) Whether reforms announced by the Department since October 1, 2001, are being undertaken;

(2) The effectiveness and results of reforms initiated by the Department since October 1, 2001;

(3) Necessary or useful reforms that are not occurring or are occurring too slowly;

(4) Legislative, administrative, or operational impediments to the implementation of reforms which are being, or should be, undertaken by the Department;

(5) Procedures to ensure that the Department expends federal grants funds in a timely and efficient manner and in conformity with federal regulations;

(6) Procedures to ensure that each grant of funds from the Department is tied to specific, measurable, and verifiable performance goals;

(7) Procedures to improve the Department’s monitoring of the use of its funds in order to ensure that:

(A) The funds are used only for the intended purposes;

(B) The funds are used efficiently; and

(C) The use of the funds brings about the intended results, as set forth in the performance goals;

(8) Procedures to ensure grantee compliance with performance goals; and

(9) The impact of personnel procedures on the operations of the Department.

(d) In making recommendations under subsections (a) and (c) of this section, the Commission shall review best practices in other jurisdictions.

(e) The Commission shall not supersede the Consolidated Plan review and development process or the provisions of subchapter I of this chapter.

(f) Within 150 days after the first meeting of the Commission, the Commission shall issue a final report setting forth its recommendations pursuant to this section. The Commission may issue interim reports at the discretion of the Commission. The Commission shall transmit a copy of each report to the Mayor, the Chairman of the Council, and the chairperson of the Council Committee on Economic Development, and the Director.


(Oct. 1, 2002, D.C. Law 14-190, § 1143, 49 DCR 6968.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 6-1037.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2004 (D.C. Act 15-542, October 12, 2004, 51 DCR 9833).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission Extension Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-5, January 19, 2005, 52 DCR 2681).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Housing and Community Development Reform Advisory Commission Extension Temporary Amendment Act of 2004 (D.C. Law 15-236, March 16, 2005, law notification 52 DCR 3562).


§ 6–1034. Authorities and resources of the Commission.

(a) The Mayor shall provide reasonable administrative and technical support, meeting space, and office supplies requested by the Commission to carry out its responsibilities under this subchapter.

(b) The Commission may request from any department, agency, or instrumentality of the District government any information necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this subchapter. Every department, agency, and instrumentality shall cooperate with the Commission and provide, in a timely and complete manner, any information that the Commission requests pursuant to this subsection.

(c) The Commission may enter into a contract with a government entity, private entity, or other organization or individual to conduct research or surveys, prepare reports, or perform other activities useful to the discharge of the responsibilities of the Commission under this subchapter.

(d) The Commission may establish any advisory groups, committees, or subcommittees, consisting of members or nonmembers of this Commission, as it deems appropriate to carry out its responsibilities under this subchapter.


(Oct. 1, 2002, D.C. Law 14-190, § 1144, 49 DCR 6968.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 6-1033.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of Authority to the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development pursuant to D.C. Law 14-90, see Mayor’s Order 2003-171, December 1, 2003 ( 50 DCR 10617).


§ 6–1035. Procedures of the Commission.

(a) The Director of the Department, or the Director’s designee, shall convene the first meeting of the Commission during December 2002; provided, that at least 5 appointments have been made to the Commission.

(b) The Commission shall meet at least once a month, at a time and place to be determined by the Chairperson. The Chairperson may call additional meetings.

(c) A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.

(d) An audio or written transcript shall be kept of all meetings at which a vote is taken.


(Oct. 1, 2002, D.C. Law 14-190, § 1145, 49 DCR 6968.)


§ 6–1036. Funding; no compensation for members.

(a) Upon certification of the availability of funds by the Chief Financial Officer, there shall be authorized for expenditure by the Commission, $200,000 from the Industrial Revenue Bond special account. The Commission may expend other funds as appropriated.

(b) No member of the Commission shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties under this subchapter nor shall any member be compensated for time expended in the performance of duties under this subchapter.


(Oct. 1, 2002, D.C. Law 14-190, § 1146, 49 DCR 6968.)


§ 6–1037. Dissolution of Commission.

The Commission shall cease to exist 90 days after the final report required by § 6-1033 is submitted to the Mayor, the Chairman of the Council, the chairperson of the Council Committee on Economic Development, and the Director.


(Oct. 1, 2002, D.C. Law 14-190, § 1147, 49 DCR 6968.)