Hearing on B21-24 (Grants Administration Act)


CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING

Bill 21-24, the Government Grant Administration Amendment Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces the scheduling of a public hearing of the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-24, the “Government Grant Administration Amendment Act of 2015.”  The hearing will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Hearing Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-24 is to amend the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Support Act of 2007 to create a dedicated subtitle on the administration of District grants, to establish applicability of the provisions of the subtitle on all grants issued after October 1, 2014, to establish standard requirements for the award of grants, to establish standard requirements for the administration of grant programs, to establish reporting requirements for grantors, to establish eligibility requirements for receiving grants, to require that a person provide a sworn statement of their eligibility before receiving a grant, to make a person ineligible to receive a grant as a result of providing a contribution to a covered recipient, to require the Office of Partnerships and Grant Development to establish uniform guidelines for grant administration, to clarify the authority to issue grants for planning and planning implementation purposes, to clarify the grant-making authority of the Office of the Secretary of the Council of the District of Columbia; and to make conforming amendments.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole, at (202) 724-8196, or email Evan Cash, Committee Director, at ecash@dccouncil.us, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Friday, April 24, 2015.  Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  If submitted by the close of business on April 24, 2015 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 Bill 21-24 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

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 May 12, 2015.