Public Hearing on B21-377, Auditor Mandate Repeal


CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING

Bill 21-377, Repeal of Outdated and Unnecessary Audit Mandates Amendment Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-377, the “Repeal of Outdated and Unnecessary Audit Mandates Amendment Act of 2015.” The hearing will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016 in room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-377 is to repeal outdated and unnecessary mandates for audits and other reports required of the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor. The Auditor supports the Council of the District of Columbia by reviewing and auditing the accounts of District agencies and making recommendates to the Council regarding the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government. The Auditor is currently required to complete at least 20 statutory audits each year. Many of the statutes requiring these audits date back to before the Home Rule Act of 1973 and the creation of the Chief Financial Officer in 1995. As a result, many of the statutory audits performed by the Auditor are no longer necessary or duplicative of other reviews or audits.

Those who wish to testify are asked to email the Committee of the Whole at cow@dccouncil.us, or email Evan Cash, Committee Director at (202) 724-8196, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Thursday, February 4, 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 February 4, 2016 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to four minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. A copy of the legislation 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 February 22, 2016.