"Mr. Regula's Move" {editorial, June 13}, criticizing my move to close a gaping loophole in the District's sole-source contracting practices, failed to tell the whole story.

I am indeed a believer in and supporter of home rule for the District. Although this is my first year as a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on the District of Columbia, I have been expressing my concern about the District's procurement practices for several years.

Despite ongoing problems in the program, I have refrained from proposing any legislative remedy during the past three years because of continuing assurances from the District that the council had passed a procurement practices act and that action was being taken to implement it. I have respected the District's attempts to put its law in place.

Contrary to your status report on the District's proposed regulations, 20 chapters of the regulations have actually been drafted, have concluded the required 30-day public comment period and are now being finalized for review by the council. Included within these first 20 chapters of regulations are the provisions for sole-source contracts. But neither the law itself nor the regulations discusses the renewal of these contracts. The absence of any regulation prohibiting automatic renewals has left a loophole in the law which allows the current problems within the District's procurement practices to continue.

The editorial stated that my action to close this loophole "is within the scope of the mayor's office and the council." Both have had the opportunity to act and have failed to do so.

As a legislator who takes seriously his duty to ensure good government practices, I believe it my responsibility to take the necessary steps toward fairness and competitiveness in the District's procurement practices. When neither the council nor the mayor's office responded to such a clear inadequacy in its procurement law, the time had come to remedy the problem. Without my amendment, the victims of this abuse -- the taxpayers of the District, as well as the nation -- would have to rely solely on the results of possible indictments resulting from FBI probes into contract abuses. Let's prevent the abuse from the outset instead.

RALPH REGULA U.S. Representative (R-Ohio) Washington