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Contract Appeals Board Matthew S. Watson Confirmation Resolution of 1999
PR 13-219

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Chairman Linda A Cropp at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Mr. Matthew S. Watson to the Contract Appeals Board.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Contract Appeals Board Matthew S. Watson Confirmation Resolution of 1999".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Mr. Matthew S. Watson
3391 Stephenson Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20015
(Ward 3)

as a member of the Contract Appeals Board, established by section 901 of the District of Columbia Procurement Practices Act of 1985, effective February 21, 1986 (D.C. Law 6-85; D.C. Code §1-1189.1), replacing Claudia D. Booker, whose term will end July 28, 1999, for a term to end July 28, 2003.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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Home: 3391 Stephenson Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20015 (202) 363-5377

Office: 1701 Q Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009, (202) 986-7500


Bachelor of Arts with General and Departmental Honors — 1962
The Johns Hopkins University
(Attended the London School of Economics. 1960-61)

Major — Business and Industrial Management
Awards — Phi Beta Kappa
Max Hochschild Award for the student in Business and Industrial Management who has shown the greatest promise of proficiency in this field

Master of Arts in Political Economy (Economics) — 1962
The Johns Hopkins University
Concentration — Public Finance
Thesis Topic — A Determination of Rates for a Progressive Expenditure Tax

Bachelor of Laws — 1965
New York University
Writing Topic — Federal Causes of Action in Damages to Enforce Rules of a National Securities Exchange
Award — Root-Tilden Scholar

Master of Laws in Government Procurement Law — 1967
George Washington University
Writing Topic — Fraud in Government Contracts

EXPERIENCE: 1981 to present

General Practice of Law

Areas of concentration — nonprofit enterprises, employment, estates, District of Columbia affairs

Commissioner — 1996-1998
District of Columbia Tax Revision Commission

Appointed by the District of Columbia Council as a member of a statutorily created commission to study the District of Columbia tax system and make recommendations for change.

Special Counsel — 1988-1992
Office of Mass Transit
Department of Public Works
District of Columbia Government

Counsel for METRO affairs and member of the Board of Directors, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

1975-81 — District of Columbia Auditor

The Office of the District of Columbia Auditor was established by Congress in the District of Columbia Home Rule Act as an independent office in the City government modeled after the United States General Accounting Office. The District of Columbia Auditor is appointed for a fixed term of six years. I was appointed by the Chairman and confirmed by the full City Council in February 1975 as the first City auditor. By statute, reports were submitted to the Mayor and Council of the District of Columbia and the Congress of the United States. The reports review performance of District of Columbia agencies with particular emphasis on legal and operational controls. Several reports have been cited and reprinted by Congressional committees in support of legislation.

1974-75 — Senior Attorney
Office of the General Counsel
United States General Accounting Office

As attorney for the Field Operations and Financial and General Management Studies Division, I participated in studies of the U.S. Marshal Service, Federally chartered corporations, the Atomic Energy Commission and the White House among other agencies. My assignments also included formulation of GAO policy with regard to appeals of contract awards supported by grant funds.

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Campaign Finance and Conflict of Interest Act (P.L. 93-376),1 was detailed to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics where I acted as General Counsel to the Board supervising the establishment of regulations and defending the Board in court proceedings during the first home rule elections.

1966-74 — Associate
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Kampelman, Attorneys, Washington, D.C.
Areas of concentration - Government Contracts, Wage and Price Control

I engaged in a general practice of law with a concentration in Government contracts including bid protests, appeals to boards of contract appeals, Renegotiation Board proceedings and settlement of termination claims. I counseled and represented businesses before the Wage Board and Price Commission. In addition, I handled a wide range of business and personal matters including representation in criminal, civil and domestic relations court proceedings and administrative hearings.

1970-71 — Assistant Counsel
Commission on Government Procurement

As attorney for the Task Force on Grants and the Study Group on Commercial Products, I participated in major phases of the investigation of Federal procedure practices. I supervised the preparation of the Preliminary Compilation of Laws Pertaining to Government Procurement published by the Government Printing Office.

1965-66 — Law Clerk to the Hon. J. Spencer Bell
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Summer Employment:

1964, American Stock Exchange
1962-63, Securities and Exchange Commission - Special Study of the Securities Market
1961, Federal Communications Commission
1958-60, Harry Diamond Laboratories, Department of the Army
1957, University of Maryland

Lecturer, Washington Public Affairs Center, University of Southern California
Lecturer, The Support Center of Washington, D.C. Public Training Program
Member, Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia

Board Member

District of Columbia Jewish Community Center
Fund for an OPEN Society
American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area

Members of the Bars of:

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
District of Columbia
New York

REFERENCES: Available upon request

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