For Immediate Release: December 21, 2018
obert White to Chair Major Committee Overseeing
Government Facilities, Purchasing, and the ANC
Washington, DC –
Yesterday, Councilmember At-Large Robert White announced that he will serve as chair of the Committee on Facilities and Procurement
in Council Period 23
. White said, “I am grateful to Chairman Mendelson for his confidence in leading such an important committee. I will prioritize strong oversight and focus on government accountability, transparency, and efficiency.”
The Committee on Facilities and Procurement includes DC Department of General Services (DGS), the agency that oversees government construction, maintenance of government buildings, land transfers, and office space for most of the District government’s 35,000 employees. “In my years on Capitol Hill, I focused on federal government construction, leasing, and land disposition, so I came with ideas about how we can save taxpayer money and use government resources to better help our neighborhoods,” White said.
This 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 White has significantly expanded since joining the Council, the Commission on Re-Entry and Returning Citizen Affairs, and the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.
In addition to chairing the Committee on Facilities and Procurement during Council Period 23, White will be a member of the committees on Education, Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, Human Services, and Labor and Workforce Development.
Committee assignments, f
or Council Period 23,
are finalized at the Council's organizational meeting on January 2, 2019, when we will vote on Chairman Mendelson’s proposed committee assignments.
White states, “I see so much room to collaborate with the administration, our hard-working Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and my Council colleagues over the next two years.”