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This is the official investor relations page for the District of Columbia ("the District"). The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) handles all of the District's debt financing needs, including its communication with bond investors.
The District was created in 1791 by an act of the United States Congress and Presidential proclamation and has served as the capital of the United States since 1800. Since January 1975, the District has been governed under the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which gave residents more autonomy over local affairs. Under the Home Rule Act, the District is governed by an elected Mayor and an elected Council.
The executive and legislative powers and duties of the District government are comparable to those held by states, counties and cities throughout the United States. However, Congress reviews all legislation passed by the Council before it can become law and retains authority over the District's budget. With the exception of the payment of debt service on District debt, the District may not obligate or expend funds absent annual Congressional appropriation.
The District is a unique governmental entity, combining state, county, and municipal characteristics. Functions performed by the District government include public safety, police, fire, corrections, consumer and business regulatory affairs, public works (highways, streets and traffic control and sanitation), human services (health, welfare and employment assistance), leisure services (recreation and libraries), economic development (planning, zoning, urban renewal and housing), public education and general administration. The District and its instrumentalities also operate a university, a hospital, a stadium and armory complex, a convention center, a housing finance agency and a lottery.
The U.S. Bureau of the Census estimates DC’s population on July 1, 2019 was 705,749, an increase of 4,202 (0.6%) from the revised estimate for 2018. 2019 was the 14th straight year of population growth. From 2005 to 2019 the city grew by 138,613, a remarkable gain of 24.4%. Also notable is that growth slowed in 2019, primarily due to decreases in net migration.
The District has a long-range capital financial plan to fund all capital asset needs and eliminate all deferred maintenance in less than ten years.
Questions have been raised about the District’s recently submitted FY2020 budget and financial plan and concerns have been voiced that the budget is not responsible and could result in the return of the Control Board.
As the independent Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the District, I am required by federal law to certify that the budgets submitted by the Mayor to the Council, and ultimately to Congress, are balanced. In my March 20, 2019 letter, included in the proposed budget, I state, “that the FY2020 - FY2023 budget and financial plan is balanced.” I stand firmly by that statement.