Councilmember McDuffie Convenes a Public Hearing on Several Bills

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairperson

Committee on Government Operations

Announces a Public Hearing on

B20-0059 The “DC Resident Point Preference Amendment Act of 2013”;

B20-0116 The “Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Amendment Act of 2013”;

B20-0117 the “Prohibition on Government Employee Engagement in Political Activity Amendment Act of 2013”;

B20-0235 the “Funeral and Memorial Service Leave Amendment Act of 2013”;

and

 pr20-0182 the “Office of Employee Appeals Vera Abbott Confirmation Resolution of 2012”

July 8, 2013, 10:00 AM

Room 120 John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, D.C. 20004

      

On July 8, 2013, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairperson of the Committee on Government Operations, will convene a public hearing on B20-0059  The “DC Resident Point Preference Amendment Act of 2013,” B20-0116  The “Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Amendment Act of 2013,” B20-0117 The “Prohibition on Government Employee Engagement in Political Activity Amendment Act of 2013,” B20-0235 the “Funeral and Memorial Service Leave Amendment Act of 2013,” and  PR20-0182 the “Office of Employee Appeals Vera Abbott Confirmation Resolution of 2012.” This public hearing will be held in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW at 10:00 AM.

 

This notice has been revised to reflect the removal of B20-0251 the “Government Managers Accountability Amendment Act of 2013,” from the agenda. Though the original notice for this hearing was timely filed, this notice is abbreviated to provide timely notice of the revision to the public.

The purpose of this hearing is to give the public the opportunity to comment on these measures. The following is an outline of the stated purpose of each bill scheduled to be considered at this hearing:

 

  • The stated purpose of the “DC Resident Point Preference Amendment Act of 2013”  is to amend the Jobs for D.C. Residents Amendment Act of 2007 to require that all agencies and instrumentalities give qualified District resident applicants a 20-point preference over qualified non-District resident applicants.

 

  • The stated purpose of  the “Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Amendment Act of 2013” is to amend the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Amendment Act of 2011 to allow the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to issue advisory opinions upon its own initiative; and expand the range of penalties that may be imposed for a violation of the Code of Official Conduct of the Council of the District of Columbia.

 

  • The stated purpose of the “Prohibition on Government Employee Engagement in Political Activity Amendment Act of 2013” is to amend the Prohibition on Government Employee Engagement in Political Activity Act of 2010 to add definitions, clarify that the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability shall enforce its provisions, to address non-District elections, and to provide enforcement of the act through the Code of Conduct.

 

  • The stated purpose of the “Funeral and Memorial Service Leave Amendment Act of 2013” is to amend the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations and the District of Columbia Government Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act of 1978 to permit government employees to take three days of leave without loss of pay to make arrangements for, or attend the funeral or memorial service of, an immediate relative.

 

  • Finally, the stated purpose the “Office of Employee Appeals Vera Abbott Confirmation Resolution of 2012” is to confirm the reappointment of Vera Abbott to the Office of Employee Appeals.

 

The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing should contact Mr. Ronan Gulstone, Committee Director at (202) 724-8028, or via e-mail at rgulstone@dccouncil.us, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Wednesday July, 3 2013.  Representatives of organizations will be allowed a maximum of five (5) minutes for oral presentation and individuals will be allowed a maximum of three (3) minutes for oral presentation. Witnesses should bring 10 copies of their written testimony and if possible submit a copy of their testimony electronically to rgulstone@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.  Copies of written statements should be submitted either to the Committee, or to Ms. Nyasha Smith, Secretary to the Council, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 5, Washington, D.C. 20004.  The record will close at the end of the business day on July 23, 2013.