High-ranking D.C. finance official is being ousted

Anthony F. Pompa (D.C. government photo)
Anthony F. Pompa (D.C. government photo)

A veteran official in the District’s finance office is being forced out by Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, according to two officials with knowledge of the matter.

Anthony F. Pompa had been deputy chief financial officer for financial operations and systems since 1997, with duties that included overseeing the city’s annual comprehensive audit.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the personnel matter and to protect their relationships with Gandhi, said the CFO explained in private conversations that Pompa’s impending ouster was related in part to ongoing delays in a project to replace the city’s basic accounting software.

Efforts to replace the outdated System of Accounting and Reporting, or SOAR, date back to 2009, with a new system expected to be in place by October 2012. But that rollout date has been pushed back indefinitely.

Gandhi told the D.C. Council in March that key parts of the new system were not working as of last summer, leading to the delay. Had the city proceeded to implement it, he said, the “risks were too great that the District’s ability to obtain clean audit opinions would be severely compromised.”

Earlier this year, the city terminated its $9 million implementation contract with CIBER Inc. The company subsequently appealed, and the matter is now being litigated before the D.C. Contract Appeals Board.

Neither Pompa nor Gandhi’s spokesman, David Umansky, returned phone calls or e-mails seeking comment Tuesday.

Miranda Spivack contributed to this report.

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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