Statement: Complete Overhaul Necessary to Fix DCHA

The damning HUD report on DCHA requires urgent and thorough action. DCHA is an agency in chaos. The Council must hold a hearing on this report immediately. Further, the Mayor and the Council must reconstitute the Board of Commissioners and appoint a Director with housing experience. It is clear that the current Board, as a […]

Statement: Councilmember Robert White Urges Administration & Council to Follow Legal Medicaid MCO Contract Awarding Process, Not Lobbyist Influence Campaign  

On Friday, September 30, contract extensions were approved for the District’s current Managed Care Organization (MCO) contractors from October 1 through the end of 2022. These contract extensions are an interim measure while the Council awaits new contracts (totaling over $2 billion) from the executive, following an extremely delayed contract awarding process that should have […]

Press Release: As Nation Faces Mental Health Crisis, Councilmember Robert White Introduces Bill to Establish Free Master of Social Work Program at UDC, Expanding Pipeline for Mental Health Professionals

For Immediate Release: WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2022) – The District, like the entire United States, is facing a mental health crisis as people cope with the trauma and stress caused by COVID, systemic racism, basic needs getting more expensive due to inflation, and increased violence. Today, Councilmember Robert White, along with Councilmembers McDuffie, Silverman, […]

Press Release: In Response to Public Letter From Councilmember Robert White, Office of Risk Management Withdraws Insurance Increase Proposal Opposed by District Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC (September 17, 2022) – After months of advocacy on behalf of small business owners and the District’s hospitality industry, and on the heels of Councilmember White’s letter last week to the Office of Risk Management (ORM), Director Jed Ross informed Councilmember White last night that the Administration will drop the proposal to require […]

Letter to Director Ross at The Office of Risk Management (ORM)

September 8th, 2022 Mr. Jedd RossDirector/Chief Risk OfficerOffice of Risk Management441 4th St NWWashington, DC 20001 Dear Director Ross: I am writing you concerning the substantial increase in insurance requirements for outdoor eateries. The Office of Risk Management (“ORM”) has announced new insurance requirements that the business community is describing as untenable. These new insurance […]

DGS Update: Keeping Our Kids Cool and Safe in School

The number of hot classrooms, broken HVAC systems, and other facility issues reported last summer was unacceptable, and these failures cannot be repeated during school reopening this fall. Students, teachers, and administrators of DC Public Schools (DCPS) deserve safe and well-maintained classrooms. And parents deserve to know that their children are learning in an environment […]