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Vincent B. Orange, Sr.
IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
B. Orange, Sr., introduced the following bill which was referred to the
Committee on Government Operations.
To amend the District of
Columbia Procurement Practices Act of 1985 to establish the Inspector
General Integrity Committee, to provide for the referral of allegations
for investigation, to investigate allegations against the Inspector
General and Senior staff members in the Office of the Inspector General,
to provide for review of the report by the Committee and referral to the
Mayor, and to establish policies and procedures for the Committee.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act
may be cited as the "Inspector General Integrity Committee
Establishment Amendment Act of 2001 ".
Sec. 2. The District of Columbia Procurement Practices Act of 1985,
effective February 21, 1986 (D.C. Law 6-85; D.C. Official Code § 2-301.01
et seq.), is amended by
adding a new section 209 to read as follows:
"Sec. 209. Inspector
General Integrity Committee.
"(a) There is
established the Inspector General Integrity Committee ("Integrity
Committee") which shall consist of the Chief Financial Officer, the
Council Chairman, the D.C. Auditor, the Corporation Counsel, the
Executive Director of the Office of Campaign Finance, the United States
Attorney for the District of Columbia, and the Chief of the Metropolitan
Police Department. The Chief Financial Officer shall serve as Chairperson
of the Integrity Committee. The Integrity Committee shall:
"(1) Receive, review,
and investigate all administrative allegations or allegations of wrongdoing, from any source, against the
Inspector General ("IG"), the deputy and assistant IGs, or
against any staff member of the Office of the Inspector General.
"(b) The IG shall refer any administrative allegation or allegation
of wrongdoing against a senior staff member, or deputy or assistant IG,
to the Integrity Committee when the IG determines that an objective
internal investigation of the allegation is not feasible, or that an
appearance of a conflict of interest would compromise the credibility of
the internal investigation.
"(c) The Integrity Committee shall determine if there is a
substantial likelihood that the allegation discloses a violation of any
law, rule or regulation, or gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds or
abuse of authority and shall refer the allegation to its Chairperson,
who shall cause a thorough and timely investigation of the allegation to
"(d) If the Integrity Committee determines that the allegation does
not warrant further action, it shall close the matter without referral
for investigation and notify the Mayor of the determination.
"(e) The Chairperson of the Integrity Committee, is authorized and
directed to consider and, where appropriate, investigate allegations
against the IG, and other staff members of the IG. At the request of the
Chairperson of the Integrity Committee, heads of agencies and entities
represented on the Integrity Committee shall provide resources necessary
to the Integrity Committee to conduct the investigation. Employees shall
be detailed to the Integrity Committee, subject to the control and
direction of the Chairperson, to conduct an investigation pursuant to
"( f ) The report containing the results of the investigation
conducted pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall be provided
to the members of the Integrity Committee for consideration.
"(1) The Integrity Committee shall assess any report it receives
pursuant to this section and determine whether the results require
forwarding of the report, with Integrity Committee recommendations
annexed thereto, to the Mayor for resolution. If the Integrity Committee
determines that the report requires no further referral or recommendations, it shall notify the Mayor. An adverse recommendation by
the Integrity Committee may constitute cause for removal of the subject of the investigation
in accordance with §
2-302.08(a)(1)(A), at the discretion of the Mayor.
"(2) The Mayor shall notify the Integrity Committee of the final
disposition of the matter, including what action, if any, has been or is
to be taken, and when the action taken shall be completed. When the
Integrity Committee receives notice of the final disposition, it shall
notify the subject of the investigation that the matter referred to the
Integrity Committee for review has been closed.
"(g) The Integrity Committee shall establish the policies and
procedures necessary to ensure consistency in conducting investigations
and reporting activities pursuant to this section.
"(1) The polices and procedures shall specify the circumstances
under which the Integrity Committee, upon review of a complaint
containing allegations of wrongdoing, may determine that an allegation
is without merit and therefore the investigation is unwarranted. A
determination by the Integrity Committee that an investigation is
unwarranted shall be considered the Integrity Committee's final
disposition of the complaint.
"(2) The policies and procedures may be expanded to encompass other
issues related to the consideration of allegations against the IG and
others covered by this subsection."
"(h) All records created and received pursuant to this section are
records of the Integrity Committee and shall be maintained by the Chief
"(i) This section is intended only to improve the internal
management of the Executive Branch and is not intended to create any right or benefit,
procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the District of
Columbia, its officers, or
Sec. 3. The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee
report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of
the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87
Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code §1206.02).
Sec. 4. This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor
(or in the event of a veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto),
approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act
of 1995, approved April 17, 1995 (109 Stat. 116; D.C. Official Code §
47-392.03(a)), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in
section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved
December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code §1-206(c)(1)), and
publication in the District of Columbia Register.