On July 10th, the DC City Council passed Bill 22-894, the “Office of Public-Private Partnerships Delegation of Authority Temporary Amendment Act of 2018.” The legislation as passed removes contracting and procurement authority from the office of Public-Private Partnerships and places them within the Office of Contract and Procurement (OCP) until September 18, 2018, the date the council returns from its summer recess.

Typically, temporary legislation introduced by the DC City Council is accompanied by Emergency Legislation, which must be passed by a super majority of the council and is in place for no greater than 90 days, as well as an accompanying permanent bill, which must go through the entire legislative process. In this instance however, the legislature decided to move in a singular fashion and only introduce the temporary measure, which can be implemented for a period of no greater than 225 days.

As it relates to this particular law, the council has set a date of September 18, 2018. At that time, the Council may address the issue in a more permanent measure by (a) introducing a permanent bill or (b) expanding the end date and allowing more time for observation and input from community stakeholders. In the meantime, all procurement activities within the Office of Public - Private Partnerships (P3) will flow to the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP). 

If you have any questions or would like a copy of the rules governing the Office of Public-Private Partnerships, please contact Eric J. Joes, MSF.