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Mayor Bowser Directs Contingency Funds to District’s Coronavirus Response

Monday, March 9, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today in a letter to the District’s Chief Financial Officer, Mayor Muriel Bowser directed an additional $1,000,000 of the District’s Contingency Cash Reserve Fund to be used for personal protective equipment and other necessary supplies and resources for first responders and front-line staff, as the District continues to prepare and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The Mayor’s full letter is below.

March 9, 2020

Jeffrey S. DeWitt
Chief Financial Officer
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
The John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 203
Washington, DC 20004

Re: Use of the Contingency Cash Reserve Fund

Mr. DeWitt:

I write to request the use of the District’s Contingency Cash Reserve Fund in accordance with section 450A of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act (D.C. Official Code § 1-204.50a). Specifically, I am requesting that $1,000,000 be allocated to the Office of Contracting and Procurement to help the District order additional personal protective equipment and other necessary supplies and resources for first responders and front-line staff as we prepare for a citywide response to COVID-19. Due to the nature of the pandemic, and its anticipated impact on the District’s residents, businesses and visitors, we will submit additional requests as needs are further identified.

This allocation will be repaid in full in the FY 2020 supplemental budget.

Sincerely,

Muriel Bowser