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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.
Two decades ago, D.C. was barely emerging from a fiscal crisis that had left the city almost bankrupt and taken over by a federal Control Board. But the last few years have seen explosive growth that has swelled D.C.’s coffers, so much so that for the first time the city has a full rainy-day fund to navigate any future challenges.
Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt released the Fiscal Year 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The 2019 CAFR marks the District’s 23rd consecutive clean audit opinion and the fifth consecutive year of the audit finding no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies.
“In 2020, DC’s economy is stronger and more resilient than ever,” said Mayor Bowser. “A year ago, we were calculating the economic impacts of the longest federal government shutdown in our nation’s history. Today, we have 60 days of cash reserves, a AAA bond rating, and one of the strongest economies in the nation. And the historic strength of our economy is reflected in the historic investments we’re making across all eight wards – from more affordable housing, to new child care seats, to investments in keeping residents safe and reducing crime. We are proud of our city’s progress, grateful for the commitment of our taxpayers, and ready and eager to continue giving more Washingtonians a fair shot at pathways to the middle class.”
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.