Volume 20 | January 2019
  Stay Connected with Me
Hello neighbor,
Welcome to the new year and to Council Period 23!

We ended 2018 strong, passing several of my bills: the Economic Development Return on Investment Accountability Act, the Performing Arts Promotion Act, the LGBTQ Health Data Collection Act, and the Housing Rehabilitation Incentives Regulation Act. I also fought hard to make sure that women-, and minority-owned businesses would be able to play a major role as the city legalized sports betting .

I was nominated to a top regional post as Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors. COG is comprised of elected officials from the 24 jurisdictions of the Metropolitan Washington region. With the support of over 300 very bright and dedicated members, I will work with COG and regional officials to push our affordable housing needs and to continue to improve regional cooperation.

Another piece of exciting news is that I now serve as Chair of the Committee on Facilities and Procurement. As Chair, I will prioritize strong oversight and focus on government accountability, transparency, efficiency, and equity for District residents. This committee includes the DC Department of General Services (DGS), which oversees government construction, maintenance of government buildings, purchasing and disposing of property, and office space for most of the District government’s 35,000 employees.

The committee also includes the Office of Contracting and Procurement, which manages the purchase of $5.6 billion in goods, services, and construction annually for 76 District agencies; the Contract Appeals Board, which adjudicates contractual disputes and protests involving District agencies; the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs, which I have significantly expanded since joining the Council, the Commission on Re-Entry and Returning Citizen Affairs, and the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.  
In addition to chairing the Committee on Facilities and Procurement during Council Period 23, I sit on the committees on Education, Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, Human Services, and Labor and Workforce Development.

I see a lot of room to collaborate with the administration, my Council colleagues, and our hard-working Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners over the next two years. I'm looking forward to making significant progress for our District residents.

When I took a hard hat tour of the National Children's Museum, I got an inside look at what is ahead for our young District residents. Having the Children’s Museum back home in DC will be a great resource for parents and a one-of-a-kind experience for our kids and those visiting our city.

It was great to spend time with H.D. Woodson High School students participating in the AT&T Impact Program. I talked to them about growing up in DC and shared personal stories and challenges in navigating my career. It was great hearing from the students who had lots of questions for me. 

I celebrated the life and legacy of Ward 7 warrior, Ed Potillo, at the Ward 7 Democrats' Winter Coat Drive Fundraiser and Holiday Celebration. Thanks to Ward 7 Democrats Chair, Jimmie Williams, for this event.

Thank you to the Vicksburg Tenant Association for inviting me to your monthly meeting where I spoke about bills the Council passed this year to support seniors, strengthen education for our children, and create affordable housing for District residents.‬

I circled back with my dad, Deacon Bobby, a couple of weeks later because the seniors mentioned that they didn't have a minister for their New Year's Eve service.

I had fun with constituents at the 16th Street Heights Civic Association Holiday Party.

I was happy to join Marcus Goodwin and his organization, CEO, which brings together high school students and young professional mentors from across the city to bridge opportunities. I love this idea!‬

Thank you to the National Conference of State Legislators for inviting me to speak about early childhood and prenatal health policy. I spoke to national legislators and staff about the BEGIn Act and the Babies Safe at Home Act, which give District parents educational and safe health resources during developmental ages.‬
I hope you enjoyed this month's edition of my newsletter. If you have any questions or need to bring an issue to my attention, please call my office at (202) 724-8174 or reach out to my team.


My Best,

Robert C. White, Jr. Councilmember, At-Large | Council of the District of Columbia
Phone: (202) 724-8174 | Fax: (202) 727-8210 |  www.RobertWhiteAtLarge.com