Good Morning Chairman Evans and members of the Committee on Financeand Revenue. I am Natwar M. Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer of theDistrict of Columbia. I am pleased to appear before you today to discuss thereal property assessment process as administered by the Real Property TaxAdministration of the Office of Tax and Revenue and the backgroundinvestigation process conducted by the Office of the Chief Financial Officerwith respect to candidates for employment. With me today is StephenCordi, the
District’s tax commissioner
, who will also present testimony andanswer questions, and Robert Farr, Director of the Real Property TaxAdministration, who is here to answer questions as well.As you know, questions have been raised
about the District’s rea
l propertyassessment and appeals process. I welcome and appreciate this opportunityto present the facts, answer your questions and to set the record straightabout the appeals process and the actions of OTR which is under thepurview of the Chief Financial Officer.The most fundamental and essential function in any municipal governmentoperation is the assessment and collection of taxes. Without revenue, thegovernment cannot fulfill its mission and provide essential services.