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District seeks public comment on eliminating nearly 40 boards

The District’s Office of Boards and Commissions wants citizens to weigh in on a preliminary plan to eliminate 38 boards and commissions and to consolidate at least two dozen others.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) asked the agency to examine the efficiency and necessity of more than 200 boards, task forces and other entities created by law to advise city officials on everything from vehicle theft prevention and gas stations to acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Gray and other city officials questioned the need for some boards as Gray’s administration struggled to find people to serve in 800 vacant seats on boards last year.

The Gray administration announced Friday that the boards and commissions office would take public comment on the plan until Oct. 19.

The boards and commissions office found that several boards had never been active or had been inactive for several years. For example, the Council on Law Enforcement in the District of Columbia was established in 1953. “There are no records of when members were last appointed to the Council. The Council is inactive,” according to the plan.

In addition to going to the office’s Web site at, residents can also send public comments by mail to Davida Crockett, Office of Boards and Commissions, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 302, Washington, D.C. 20004.

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