B21-380, Deferred Compensation & B21-645, Executive Service Pay


Bill 21-380, Deferred Compensation Program Enrollment Amendment Act of 2015
Bill 21-645, Executive Service Pay Schedule Amendment Act of 2016

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-380, the “Deferred Compensation Program Enrollment Amendment Act of 2015,” and Bill 21-645, the “Executive Service Pay Schedule Amendment Act of 2016.” The hearing will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-380 is to establish automatic enrollment of eligible, new employees into the District government’s 457 plan (deferred compensation). Currently, enrollment in the 457 plan is done on an opt-in basis. This bill would require new District government employees to affirmatively opt-out if they do not want to participate in the program. The stated purpose of Bill 21-645 is to expand the executive service public safety cluster pay schedule to certain subordinate agency heads of the health and education clusters. Under this bill, the executive service public safety pay schedule would now apply to the following agency directors: the Department of Behavioral Health, the Department of General Services, the Department of Health, and the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Those who wish to testify are asked to email the Committee of the Whole at cow@dccouncil.us, or call Christina Setlow, Deputy Committee Director at (202) 724-8196, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Friday, October 21, 2016. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on Friday, October 21, 2016, the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. A copy of Bills 21-380 and 21-645 can be obtained can be obtained on http://lims.dccouncil.us, or through the Legislative Services Division (Room 10) of the Secretary of the Council’s office.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 8, 2016.