Committee on Public Works and Operations

Committee Overview

Councilmember Nadeau is the Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Operations, which is responsible for matters relating to the general operation and service of government, including procurement; human rights; partnerships and grants management; LGBT affairs; veterans affairs; administrative law and procedure; consumer and regulatory affairs; recycling; waste management; and regulation of for-hire vehicles.

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Committee Members

Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau, Chair
Councilmember Janeese Lewis George
Councilmember Brooke Pinto
Councilmember Robert C. White, Jr.
Councilmember Trayon White, Sr.

Committee Oversight Hearings

From January to March each year, Council committees hold performance oversight hearings at which councilmembers examine the operations and effectiveness of the various agencies under their purview. They will ask agency representatives to speak about how they have implemented the vision and programs in the previous year’s budget. 

On March 22, Mayor Bowser will publish her proposed budget for fiscal year 2024, initiating the Council’s budget oversight process. Building on information and lessons learned from the testimony of agencies and public witnesses during performance oversight hearings, each Council committee, including the Committee on Public Works and Operations, will analyze the budgets of the agencies under its purview and recommend changes to the full Council.

Any resident can speak before the committee during the budget oversight hearings and members of the committee greatly value the input or residents, advocates and others. Tell us what you think is working right and what is not working well in the agencies the committee oversees, from trash pickup to safety to parking enforcement, human rights, and more. You can also contact councilmembers before the hearings and suggest specific questions they should ask of the agency representatives. Visit the D.C. Council Budget Office website for a more detailed explanation of the D.C. budget process

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Budget Oversight Hearing Dates

March 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Office of Contracting and Procurement; Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection 

March 29, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Department of Public Works; Department of For-Hire Vehicles 

April 3, 9 a.m. – Noon | Office of Human Rights; Human Rights Commission 

April 3, Noon – 3 p.m. | Office of the Chief Technology Officer 

April 11, Noon – 6 p.m. | Office of Risk Management; Office of Administrative Hearings 

April 12, 9 a.m. - Noon | Office of Community Affairs; Office of Veterans Affairs; Office of Religious Affairs; Office of LGBTQ Affairs 

Testifying Before the Committee on Public Works & Operations

If you wish to testify before the Committee, please visit or call (202) 724-8170.

The committee will attempt to accommodate all requests for special accommodations and oral interpretation. Those representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony, and individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony; less time will be allowed if there is a large number of witnesses.

Agency Oversight & Purview

Agencies under the committee’s oversight:

  • Advisory Board on Veterans Affairs for the District of Columbia
  • Advisory Committee on Street Harassment
  • Advisory Committee to the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Affairs
  • Commission on Fashion Arts and Events
  • Commission on Human Rights
  • Contract Appeals Board
  • Department of For-Hire Vehicles
  • Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection
  • Department of Public Works
  • Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure, shared jointly with the Committee on Transportation and Environment
  • Emancipation Commemoration Commission
  • For-Hire Vehicle Advisory Council
  • Interfaith Council
  • Office of Administrative Hearings, including the Advisory Committee to the Office of Administrative Hearings and the Commission on Selection and Tenure of Administrative Law Judges
  • Office of Community Affairs
  • Office of Contracting and Procurement
  • Office of Human Rights
  • Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Affairs
  • Office of Partnerships and Grants Services
  • Office of Risk Management
  • Office of the Chief Technology Officer
  • Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Office on Religious Affairs