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Deputy CFO assures Graham that funds
reprogramming for OHR will not affect
Office of Latino Affairs


GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Wayne B. Upshaw, Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Office of Budget and Planning
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 350N
Washington, D.C. 20001
202/727-6343

April 10, 2001

The Honorable Jim Graham
Chair of Subcommittee on Human Rights, Latino Affairs and Property Management
Council of the District of Columbia
441 4th Street, N.W., Suite 718
Washington, D.C. 20001

Re: FY 2001 Reprogramming of $155,000 from "Funds Pending Certification" to the Office of Human Rights

Dear Councilmember Graham:

The purpose of this letter is to provide additional information on the proposed reprogramming of $155,000 from "Funds Pending Certification" for the Office of Latino Affairs to the Office of Human rights. The FY 2001 approved budget for the Office on Latino Affairs is $1,301,000. The agency's reallocated budget was $1,253,000, reflecting savings initiatives of $55,000 and funding for the Management Supervisory Service program of $7,000. In addition, the agency was approved for $1,500,000 in "Funds Pending Certification" for the Latin American Youth Center and the Community Education Programs.

Please note that the agency will receive the entire $1,500,000 in FY 2001. The Office of Budget and Planning loaded into SOAR $500,000 for the Latin American Youth Center on February 21, 2001. The remaining $1,000,000 is provided in the FY 2001 Supplemental Budget Request. See the attached "Agency Budget Detail and Justification" from the FY 2001 Supplemental Budget Request.

With respect to the $155,000 reprogramming, the City Administrator determined that the Office of Human Rights needed $155,000 to hire investigators to reduce the growing backlog of cases pending before the commission. The Office of Human Rights needed to hire investigators as soon as possible, while the Office of Latino Affairs did not need the entire $1,500,000 immediately. As such, a decision was made to redirect $155,000 from the Office of Latino Affairs' "Funds Pending Certification" because both agencies are in the same appropriation title.

I reiterate that this reprogramming will in no way reduce the amount of funds approved for the Office of Latino Affairs for FY 2001. The tables below show that there will be no net effect on the Office of Latino Affairs as a result of the reprogramming.


Table 1: Office on Latino Affairs

Agency FY 2001
Local
Base
Budget
"Funds
Pending
Certification"
Redirected
Funds
Subtotal Suppl.
Budget
Request
FY 2001
Revised
Budget
Office
on
Latino
Affairs
882,000 1,500,000 (1,000,000) 1,382,000 1,000,000 2,382,000


Table 2: Office of Human Rights

Agency FY 2001
Local Base
Budget
"Funds Pending
Certification"
Reprogramming
Request
FY 2001 Revised
Budget
Office of
Human
Rights
1,253,000 0 155,000 1,408,000


I hope the information provided in this letter addresses your concerns about the effect of the proposed reprogramming on the Office of Latino Affairs. If you have additional questions, please contact Gordon McDonald, Associate Deputy CFO for the Office of Budget and Planning.

Sincerely,

[signed by Gordon McDonald for]

Wayne B. Upshaw
Deputy CFO for Budget and Planning

cc: John A. Koskinen, City Administrator/Deputy Mayor
Natwar M. Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer
Arte Blitzstein, Budget Director, Council of the District of Columbia
Barbara Jumper, CFO for the Office on Latino Affairs


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