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District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Inder Raj Pahwa Confirmation Resolution of 2000
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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Mr. Inder Raj Pahwa to the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Inder Raj Pahwa Confirmation Resolution of 2000".

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

Mr. Inder Raj Pahwa
724 Hamlin Street N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017
(Ward 5)

as a public member of the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission, established by section 5 of the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission Establishment Act of 1985, effective March 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-97: D.C. Code § 40-1704), replacing Bernetta J. Hayes, whose term will end May 4, 2000, for a term to end May 4, 2005.

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.

724 Hamlin Sweet, NE
Washington DC 20017
(202j 635 8484


  • My personal attributes include a professional manner, strong organizational skills, excellent academic credentials, community involvement, experience as a team player, ability to work independently and good interpersonal skills.
  • I am an accomplished result-oriented professional with demonstrated leadership ability in contract and acquisition management, contract compliance enforcement, program and resource management, program coordination, and public relations.
  • I have a wealth of experience in acquisition planning, budgeting, scheduling, and developing administrative and operational data for management of contracts based on extensive analysis. On the job experience over the past twenty years have strengthened my knowledge of polices, practices and management related to DC government programs including DCWASA for the past six years
  • As a senior project manager I have provided centralized management authority over all the operational, administrative, and business aspects of high visible programs in the District of Columbia government. Mayor responsibilities included need identification, resource planning, strategy formulation and execution.
  • My academic accomplishments include a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the prestigious and world-renowned academic institution
  • My ability to deal with conflicting situations, assertiveness, organizing skills, resource management skills, problem solving skills, listening skills, negotiating skills, and ability to outline an action plan has contributed to my success.
  • Active with in the community as a volunteer and experienced in organizing significant community events. Serve as District of Columbia's Asian Pacific Islander Commissioner


Over 20 years of progressive experience encompassing:

  • Acquisition and contract management and contract compliance enforcement
  • Managing Projects/personnel and providing technical guidance
  • Developing/implementing Systems/Procedures
  • Conduct studies, prepare reports and policy recommendations
  • Coordinating operations activities Educating/Training clients
  • Initiating and implementing affirmative action plans

Contract Management and Compliance:

As a professional Civil engineer with twenty years of experience in DC Government/DCWASA, I have continuously participated in developing contract specification, bid openings for construction contracts, pre-construction conferences and in monitoring contractors' performance.

Ensured contract was managed to meet the schedule, cost and specification; developed and maintained project contra! system that included specific contras compliance process.

Responsible for contras compliance program with in DCWASA for the past three years and had the opportunity to plan, organize, evaluate and implement comprehensive compliance process for DCWASA's contracts.

Continuously interfaced with DCWASA's Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises and Women's Owned Business Enterprises. Participated in labor law enforcement programs and provided specific inputs to equal employment opportunity policies enforcement in DCWASA construction contract awards.

As a responsible professional and a civil engineer I have managed programs to improve technical support, performance standards, manpower utilization, systems analysis and accountability in job performance.

Acquisition Management:

Experienced in initiating and conducting an objective independent assessment of programs and in preparing independent assessment and oversight reports related to major procurements

I have successfully obtained and maintained top-level support and involvement in addressing the needs of the organization.

I am experienced in developing procurement packages, presenting is to the management and defending the associated programs. Development of comparative analysis that addresses cost performance, schedule and risk factors and funding sources were part of the procurement packages I developed.

In establishing procurement plan I have ensured the requirements were determined and developed; a through analysis of alternate approaches, and identification of necessary funding far the program along with associated cost savings.

Having worked with federal Highway Administration I have a very good knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Department of Transportation major acquisition orders such as DOT 4200. Having managed my own company and providing service to the government I have good knowledge of contract and procurement regulations and process.

I have participated in the development of specifications and statement of works and in competitive source selection process- I routinely do investment analysis and risk mitigation plans developments of mission need statements, and requirement statements.

Program Management:

Program management accomplishments is distinguished by: reasonable viable technical approaches; adaptable practical milestone schedules; balanced resources and alternatives to fully support project requirements and the strategies for resolving the major technical, economic and policy issues.

Have m-depth current knowledge of the principles and practices pertinent to the field of engineering and management, which has significantly contributory to the successful completion of number programs.

Accept responsibility for personal decisions and those of support personnel and superiors and do not avoid sensitive or complex assignments where decisions could be personally adverse.

Anticipate things that need to be done and follow through without prior instruction or guidance and can develop solutions to complex problems independently.

Provided managerial and technical leadership at meetings with functional groups and stakeholders in identifying engineering, environmental and economic approaches and alternatives for the design to meet the transportation network requirements.

Established and maintained current and comprehensive administrative and project records. Verified and approved project related charges. Provided periodical executive program reviews.

Served as Project Manager with the responsibility for developing and directing federally funded projects from planning to implementation. The projects required extensive analytical and engineering background and knowledge for conducting special studies and for evaluating, managing and administering complex national highway projects.

Professional Strengths:

  • As a professional I take pride in customer service, stressing on quality, productive program/project planning, budgeting and effective program/project management.
  • Possess the hands-on operational skills to get the job done proficiently. Adept in analyzing problems and evaluating operations. Agility to manage daily work without losing faces on the tong-term objectives and establish and productive relationships.
  • Experienced in implementing public relations programs consisting of press releases, public service radio spots, news paper advertisements, posters for businesses, bumper stickers and extensive distribution of pamphlets.
  • Capability of developing outreach programs in line with District of Columbia mayors goal of inclusion and involvement of minorities.
  • Seasoned in the utilization of various communication tools and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical, quantitative, negotiation, problem solving and management skills combined with resourcefulness. Ability to recognize and resolve conflicts in all functional areas and work easily with all levels of management.
  • Team player experienced in tasks needing heavy coordination and a self-starter by nature with demonstrated ability to form sound judgments.
  • Ability to present complex programmatic data to all levels of personnel in a timely manner which is supported by excellent communications skills.
  • Experienced in establishing achievable goals and assign needed support, give broad based feedback on accomplishments, provide direction, be flexible and empathetic, which has strengthened my management skills.
  • Maintain a non-discriminatory environment where employees are accepted regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, handicap and national origin.

Membership, Appointed and Elected Positions:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Commissioner for the District of Columbia
  • Director Indian American Cultural Organization Washington DC
  • Member Planning - Federal Asian Pacific American Council
  • Program Manager for Indian American Forum for Political Education
  • President of Student Body of Catholic University, Washington DC
  • Congressional liaison on Health and Medical Task Force for Hilary Clinton
  • Member of Transition Committee Clinton/Gore
  • National Council on Disabilities
  • Member Indian Institute of Engineers
  • Alpha Beta Gamma
  • Lions Club

Work Experience:

1997-Present, Contract and Compliance Officer/Civil Engineer. WASH, Washington. DC
1996-1997 Civil Engineer, Engineering Services, WASA, Washington. DC
1995-Present ADA Coordinator for Department of Public Works and WASA
1994-1995 DCRA, Washington DC
1993-1993 President's National health Care Reform Task Force
1992-1993 Transportation Coordinator. Presidential transition team
1992-1992 President, Roger's Paving Company (Pavement Contracting Company)
1984-1992 Highway Engineer, Department of Public Works/TSA Washington DC
1982-1984 traffic Engineer, Department of Transportation, Washington DC


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
  • Number of Professional development courses and seminars in engineering and management

Department of Public Works
Department of Transportation
Senior Engineer/Transportation Planner
613 G Street N. W.
Washington, D.C. 10001

Provided database to Department of Transportation of the D.C- Government to formulate reasonable set of objectives, goals and overall direction for the organization and in the allocation of strategic resources for consolidation of Metropolitan Transit System. Managed the development of specifications that defined the Metropolitan Consolidated Transit system, its purpose and operation to guide the engineers, vendors, and users and the planning and implementation of Transit Network.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide technical support to Department of Transportation as pare of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in planning, engineering and implementing Metrobus and Metrorail routing. Identify various issues related to the implementation and integration of Metropolitan Transport Network. Review of technical documents related to Metropolitan Transit System.

Coordinate with various WMATA engineering and implementation organizations, D.C. Department of Transportation in reviewing operational schedules, pleas, operational dates, and dependencies for starting services. And recommend the roost cost-effective methods of operation. Auditing of transportation and operational costs and related documents and provide report.


Conducted auditing, analysis of historical costs for transportation routing, scheduling, identified problem areas and recommended corrective actions. This resulted in considerable savings related to the operational costs to the Public Works Department. Established efficient routing procedures and optimal location for transit stops to reduce operational & to increase efficient service.

Developed technical analysis and justification and a transition plan in support of consolidation and implementation of Virginia, Maryland and D.C. Metro Transit system. Developed a study model for changes to operational and environmental requirements and its impact on Metro Transit plans.

Reviewed and provided D.C. Transportation Department related inputs to various Change proposals and technical studies developed for the improvement of Washington Metropolitan Transit Network.

D.C. Department of Public Works
Bureau of Traffic Services
Program Manger
2000 14th Street, N. W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Provided central point of organizational responsibility and leadership skill to plait, organize, and efficiently employ Bureau of Traffic Services (BTS) resources for the completion of D.C. Government's Transportation system and implementation of safety measures.

Provided managerial and technical leadership at meetings with functional groups and stake holders in identifying engineering, environmental and economic approaches and alternatives for the design to meet the transportation network requirements.

Established and maintained current and comprehensive administrative and project records for Capital and Capital Improvement projects. Verified and approved project related charges. Provided periodical executive program reviews to discuss project funding and schedule.

Served as Project Manager with the responsibility for developing and directing federally funded projects from planning to implementation. The projects required extensive analytical and engineering background and knowledge for conducting special studies and for evaluating, managing and administering complex national highway projects.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Define requirements and criteria, identify problem areas, and specify solutions to improve the federally funded national highways and bridges capital improvement programs. Identify, consolidate, coordinate, arid resolve issues related to requirements with the respective Department of Public Works.

Allocate operational resources to satisfy requirements in the most cast-effective manner. Identify, justify, and conduct cost/benefit analysis for the improvement of the Capital Projects related to national highways, bridges and associated services.

Collect, review, and analyze administrative and operational Capital Improvement requirements provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) to support annual budget preparation.

Develop original concepts and employ new methods and technique for evaluating cost effectiveness and benefits of alternative solutions in recommending improvements to highway safety and transportation needs.

Develop, plan, and provide technical direction in response to broad area of Design, Planning and Engineering tasks related to the national highways and bridges.

Assess new technological developments, develop models and Pilot systems to meet the Capital Improvement requirements, and criteria with due consideration to technical, economic, and other factors.

Coordinate with D.C. Mayor's office and the Chairman of the D.C. Council's office, FHWA, NHTSA and the Department of Transportation, support contractors, and others in industry to manage and administer complex national projects.


Prepared Capital Improvement Plans for highway design, traffic improvement and signal plans identified locations with safety concerns and managed the D.C. government's roadside safety improvement program and street light operation.

Reviewed and implemented applicable policies, rules and regulations of D.C. government for compliance to Federal mandates.

Managed the Project for automating D.C. Governments Traffic Accident Record System (TARS). Analyzed "Before and After" accident data to determine the effectiveness of the countermeasures in reducing the number and severity of accidents.

Completed comprehensive engineering studies pertaining to hazardous locations using accident statistics and documents, collision diagrams, traffic and environment conditions and on-site observation.

Prepared traffic control plans, specifying the necessary signing and markings, signals and other special requirements for inclusion in contract. In Coordination with FHWA designed, developed and installed guardrails and 300 impact attenuators through out Washington D.C. highways and roadways.

Reviewed reconstruction projects including 1-395 Rehabilitation, I-295 Upgrade, Whitehurst Freeway Rehabilitation, Souza Bridge Reconstruction, Center Leg Tunnel Rehabilitation and provided designs, cost estimates and schedule.

Received consistently Excellent rating from 1984 to 1992 and Certificate of Merit for Emergency services and emergency management during 1989 and 1990.

Acted as Chief of Traffic Safety in the absence of supervisor.

Department of Public Works
Zoning Management
614 H Street, N. W.
Washington, D.C. 10001

Associated with Zoning Management of the District of Columbia Government in reviewing and approving plans for commercial and residential buildings in the District of Columbia (D.C.). Review Board of zoning Adjustment (BZA) cases and provide approval based on established policies and stringent Zoning Laws. Review occupancy permits periodically. Represent Zoning Branch in neighborhood Commission meetings and Board of Zoning Commission meetings. Responsible for providing guidance to Zoning Branch staff and the day to day operations. Technical and Managerial responsibilities include identification of Zoning Branch requirements, and the development and execution plans and programs associated with the Zoning activities in the D.C. government. Apply a high degree of initiative, resourcefulness, creativity and mature judgement in formulating, developing, coordinating and executing activities of the Zoning Management Branch.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Zoning Management Program focal point with responsibilities to review, analyze, carefully evaluate impact of zoning, zoning variations and environmental impacts prior to approval or disapproval of zoning requests.

Ensure proper level of coordination between D.C. government and planning commissions of D.C., architects, surveyors, contractors and publics to effectively accomplish the identification and approval activities in satisfying the zoning laws of the D.C. Government.

Direct, initiate, plan, prepare and review detail Coning analysis, and environmental impact studies, work statements and work tasking documents associated with Zoning management.


Since assuming the branch chief position of the Zoning board implemented streamlined process for accepting, reviewing and approving zoning and zoning variation request submissions. Have particularly ensured that the zoning laws acid policies of the D.C. government are understood by all zoning management staff.

Was responsible for reviewing over 300 Zoning requests and 40 Board of Zoning cases.

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