A new city report says that making the transition from the Barry administration (first term) to the Barry administration (second term) cost more than $100,000, while Arrington Dixon's transition from City Council chairman to private citizen cost almost $25,000.
The transition effort assembled by Mayor Marion Barry, reelected last November to a second four-year term, included a full-time seven-member staff headed by Ivanhoe Donaldson, the mayor's top political adviser, who also served as his reelection campaign manager and is now deputy mayor for economic development. The team's work was conducted from early November through December.
Donaldson, who was paid by Barry's campaign through October, was paid $20,000 to produce the transition team's final report, a citywide look at government agencies and programs that included suggestions for broad changes for Barry's second term.
In addition to the full-time staff, the report on transition costs said, as many as 70 city employes worked on various projects for Donaldson, but their expenses were considered part of their regular work. Employes were not asked "to keep records distinguishing their transition work from their regular duties and responsibilities," the report said.
The employes also donated their time to work on week nights and weekends, according to the report by Dwight S. Cropp, secretary of the District of Columbia, who released the financial report in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Associated Press.
Cropp said 27 employes and task force chairmen cited for extra work were given gratuities ranging from $100 to $200, for a total cost of $3,500.
Cropp said the transition bill so far amounts to $101,252.19, which does not include a potential cost of about $9,500 in rent for space at 1420 New York Ave. NW, the transition team headquarters.
Cropp said yesterday that it was unclear whether the space was already paid for under a different city lease.
Among the costs for the transition, which was criticized by some as being unnecessary for an incumbent mayor, were $57,963.93 for the salaries of the seven employes; $22,570.78 for "professional services and contracts"; $9,540.52 for equipment rental; $7,776.96 for supplies; and an estimated $10,000 for telephone communications equipment and services at the headquarters.
Cropp said a separate report on city expenditures for Barry's day-long inaugural ceremonies Jan. 3 has not been completed, but he said expenses for a prayer breakfast and the inaugural ball that day were covered by ticket sales.
The financial report said that former City Council chairman Dixon, who was authorized by the council to spend up to $25,000 on his transition, has spent a total of $24,058.49.
He has until next Thursday to submit further bills.
Dixon spent $22,711 to pay two aides to work from Jan. 3 through mid-March and three other aides who worked for him during January. All but one of the five aides had worked with Dixon during his term in office.
In addition, Dixon spent $750 to rent space, pay utilities and telephone costs while he worked as an unpaid scholar at the Brookings Institution after he left office.
Dixon has since taken a job with a Northern Virginia computer firm.
The report showed that Dixon spent $200 on supplies and materials and $397.49 to continue leasing a car that he had used as chairman of the council. Asked whether there were any disputed expenses, Cropp said the city has declined to pay an $800 bill submitted for repair to Dixon's car.