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REVISED COJ FY 2012 Budget Recommendations Report

REVISED COJ FY 2012 Budget Recommendations Report

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Council
 
Budget
 
Director
 
Certification:
 
Date:
 
TO:
 
All Councilmembers
FROM:
Councilmember Phil MendelsonChairman, Committee on the Judiciary
DATE:
 
May 11, 2011
SUBJECT:
Report and Recommendations of the Committee on the Judiciary on the FiscalYear 2012 Budget and corresponding Budget Support Act
 
The Committee on the Judiciary, having conducted hearings and received testimony onthe Mayor’s proposed operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2012 for the agencies under its purview, reports its recommendations for consideration by the Committee of the Whole. TheCommittee also comments on several sections in the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Support Act of 2011, and makes its own proposals.
CONTENTS
 
Introduction
i
Summary
 
Tables
ivFiscal Year 2012 Agency Budget Summary Table ivFiscal Year 2012 Full-Time Equivalent Table vFiscal Year 2012 Agency Capital Budget Summary viCommittee Transfers vii
Summary
 
of 
 
Committee
 
Budget
 
Recommendations
viii
Agency
 
Fiscal
 
Year
 
2012
 
Budget
 
Recommendations
1Office of the Attorney General 2Metropolitan Police Department 9Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department 18Police Officers’ and Fire Fighters’ Retirement System 28Department of Corrections 31District of Columbia National Guard 38Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency 42Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure 47Judicial Nomination Commission 49Office of Police Complaints 51Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission 53Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 58Office of Administrative Hearings 61Criminal Justice Coordinating Council 65Forensic Laboratory Technician Training Program 67Office of Unified Communications 70Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice 75
FY 2012 Budget Request Act Recommendations
84
FY 2012 Budget Support Act Recommendations
86
Committee
 
Action
111
DRAFT
 
 
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The Committee on the Judiciary (Committee) presents its recommendations for theDistrict of Columbia’s fiscal year 2012 budget and the corresponding Budget Support Act.The Committee is responsible for matters affecting the judiciary and judicial procedurewhich are within the authority of the Council; matters affecting decedents’ estates and fiduciaryaffairs; matters affecting administrative law and procedure; matters affecting criminal law and procedure; matters arising from or pertaining to the police and fire regulations of the District of Columbia; and other matters related to police protection, correctional institutions (includingyouth corrections), fire prevention, emergency medical services, homeland security, criminal justice, and public safety.The Committee oversees all of the public safety agencies within the District and interactswith local and federal prosecuting authorities, serving as the Council’s liaison with federal partners in the justice system, including the D.C. Courts, the D.C. Public Defender Service, theCourt Services and Offender Supervision Agency, and the U.S. Parole Commission. Thefollowing agencies come within the purview of the Committee: Access to Justice Initiative;Child Support Guideline Commission; Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure;Corrections Information Council; Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; Department of Corrections; Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice; Fire and Emergency Medical Services;Forensic Health and Science Laboratories; Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementAgency; Judicial Nomination Commission; Justice Grants Administration; Metropolitan PoliceDepartment; District of Columbia National Guard; Office of Administrative Hearings; Office of Police Complaints; Office of Unified Communications; Office of Victim Services; Office of theAttorney General; Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; Police Officers’ and Fire Fighters’Retirement System; and the District of Columbia Sentencing and Criminal Code RevisionCommission.On April 1, 2010, Mayor Vincent C. Gray submitted to the Council of the District of Columbia a proposed operating budget and financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year. TheMayor’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2012 provides for a gross funds budget of $8.986 billion(with a Local Funds comprising of $5.5 billion, or 61.6 percent of the total budget),
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and seeks toclose a $322.1 million budget gap through a combination of both new revenue generation andexpenditure reductions. The proposal also shows a government-wide reduction of 170.5 full-timeequivalents compared to the current fiscal year.
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Public Briefing on the Mayors Fiscal Year 2012 Proposed Budget and Financial Plan: Public Hearing Before theCouncil of the District of Columbia
, 2-3 (Apr. 1, 2011) (written testimony of Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of the Districtof Columbia). The fiscal year 2012 gross funds budget represents an increase of $164.9 million, or 1.9 percent, over the fiscal year 2011 approved budget.
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FY 2012 Budget Overview: One City…Rising to the Challenge, Government of the District of Columbia, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, 2-5 (Apr. 2011). The Mayor’s budget proposal seeks to close the $322.1 million budget gapthrough: $187.0 million in expenditure cuts from the CFO’s Current Services Funding Level Budget (58 percent);
 
 
iiIn order to review the Mayor’s budget proposal, determine the wants and needs of eachagency under its jurisdiction, and provide the public with an opportunity to comment, theCommittee held budget hearings for the agencies under its purview as follows:
Friday,
 
April
 
8,
 
2011
 
at
 
10:00
 
a.m.
 
in
 
the
 
Council
 
Chamber
 
Metropolitan
 
Police
 
Department
 
(MPD)
Fire
 
&
 
Emergency
 
Medical
 
Services
 
(FEMS)
 
Consolidated
 
Forensics
 
Lab
 
(CFL)
 
Office
 
of 
 
Police
 
Complaints
 
(OPC)
 
Office
 
of 
 
Administrative
 
Hearings
 
(OAH)
 
Thursday,
 
April
 
14,
 
2011
 
at
 
10:00
 
a.m.
 
in
 
Hearing
 
Room
 
123
 
Judicial
 
Nomination
 
Commission
 
(JNC)
Corrections
 
Information
 
Council
 
(CIC)
 
Commission
 
on
 
Judicial
 
Disabilities
 
&
 
Tenure
 
(CJDT)
Criminal
 
Justice
 
Coordinating
 
Council
 
(CJCC)
 
Sentencing
 
&
 
Criminal
 
Code
 
Revision
 
Comm.
 
(SCCRC)
Justice
 
Grants
 
Administration
 
(JGA)
 
Access
 
to
 
Justice
 
(ATJ)
Office
 
of 
 
Victim
 
Services
 
(OVS)
 
Monday,
 
April
 
30,
 
2010
 
at
 
10:00
 
a.m.
 
in
 
Hearing
 
Room
 
412
 
DC
 
National
 
Guard
 
(DCNG)
Office
 
of 
 
Unified
 
Communications
 
(OUC)
 
Deputy
 
Mayor
 
for
 
Public
 
Safety
 
&
 
Justice
 
(DMPSJ)
Department
 
of 
 
Corrections
 
(DOC)
 
Office
 
of 
 
the
 
Attorney
 
General
 
(OAG)
Homeland
 
Security
 
&
 
Emergency
 
Mgmt.
 
(HSEMA)
 
Office
 
of 
 
the
 
Chief 
 
Medical
 
Examiner
 
(OCME)
 
The Mayor’s fiscal year 2012 budget proposal held most of the agency budgets within the public safety and justice cluster constant at their fiscal year 2011 level. While the agencies inthis cluster are, under the proposal, required to absorb mandatory union step increases andinflation adjustments, these agencies were, for the most part, not required to sustain anyadditional cuts. One priority identified by the Mayor in presenting the budget to the Council wasthe need for increased funding for hiring new police recruits. Specifically, the Mayor testified
$127.2 million in revenue increases (39 percent); and $7.9 million in additional income from leasing, expandedsales, and advertising (3 percent).
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