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On April 22, representatives from the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) briefed AOBA members on the District’s Rapid Rehousing Program. The goal of this initiative is to find apartments for 500 of the District’s most vulnerable families. The meeting provided  an opportunity for DHS to address questions or concerns about the requirements of the program (for example: concerns with the current four-month rent guaranty period). AOBA will distribute  more information to members over the coming weeks.

Plan renovations, construction work, etc. for 4/16? Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Emancipation Day is a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. Building owners with plans for construction-related work on April 16 must obtain an After Hours permit per the applicable code section - § 105.1.11 Specialty Permits of the 2008 DCMR 12A Building Code Supplement.

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has posted the April
2014 proactive inspections schedule on its website. Members may click on DCRA
– APRIL 2014 PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE
to view the list of residential properties that DCRA plans to inspect during the month of April.

The District’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 requires owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet to annually measure and report their energy and water use to the DC Department of Energy (DDOE) by April 1.Per DDOE, the agency will accept interim partial submissions for 2013 reporting data from those building owners and managers which have requested but are still awaiting utility data from the utilities.  Click here for the steps to follow to remain in compliance. DDOE - What To Do if You are Still Waiting for Utility Data.
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) and DC WATER offer discounts on the Stormwater Fee and Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (IAC) through the DDOE-managed program RiverSmart Rewards. Properties are eligible for a discount of up to 55% off the DDOE Stormwater Fee and up to 4% off DC Water’s Clean Rivers IAC when stormwater retention practices are installed and maintained on site. Examples of eligible practices include green roofs, bioretention, rainwater harvesting, and permeable pavement.

DDOE IS OFFERING A RETROACTIVE DISCOUNT ON THE STORMWATER FEE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY! Retroactive Discounts are calculated to the date of installation of the stormwater retention practices or May 1, 2009, whichever is later.

APPLY FOR YOUR DISCOUNT BEFORE JULY 31, 2014 TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS BENEFIT. To apply for both discount programs, visit RiverSmart Rewards. Members may contact Emily Rice at (202) 535-2679 or emily.rice@dc.gov if you have any questions about the programs or application process.

 

 

 

The DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) launched the online portal for reporting 2013 data to the District. The District’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (CAEA) requires owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet to measure and report their energy and water use to DDOE by April 1, 2014. DDOE also published a new reporting guide to assist building owners required to comply with the District’s benchmarking laws.

Check out the portal at: District Benchmark Reporting Template, 2013 and Download DDOE's new reporting guide.

The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) is offering hands-on general training in EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software on the following dates:  March 12;  March 20; April 3; and April 17. The training will cover the basics of the District’s benchmarking regulations and then launch into a detailed walk-through of the Portfolio Manager tool, including how to benchmark any property type and report the results to DDOE. The training sessions will take place at the University of the District of Columbia and George Washington University.

Click on the following link for detailed event information: DC SEU Events Calendar. These trainings are open to all interested parties, however space is limited so RSVP soon to  benchmarking@dcseu.com or by calling the DCSEU Benchmarking Help Line at (202) 525-7036.

On March 5, from 2:00 – 4:00pm, DCRA will conduct a training session for AOBA members at DCRA’s office located at 1100 4th Street, SW; Room E-200; Washington DC 20024.  ProjectDox is the new online application system that is being used to expedite the building permits application process by allowing electronic submittal of building plans and supporting documentation. The ProjectDox system eliminates the need for an applicant to submit multiple paper copies of project plans in conjunction with the building permit application. During the training, individuals will have an opportunity to learn the step-by-step application submittal process and an opportunity for Q&A. Subject matter experts will also discuss topics such as: (1) paperless plan submittal; and (2) filing fees and final payments made online.

Register for the training by clicking on the following link: Registration for March 5 ProjectDox Training. If you need assistance with registration, contact DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) at (202) 442-4538 and ask for Jacqueline Noisette or Claudia Herrera.

 

Pass or Fail?  Now’s the time to weigh in! The DC Council has scheduled performance oversight hearings for all District agencies. View the hearing schedule for agencies by clicking on the following link: FY 2013 - FY 2014 DC AGENCY PERFORMANCE OVERSIGHT HEARINGS. Please contact Nicola Whiteman by calling (202) 296-3390 or via e-mail at NWhiteman@aoba-metro.org if you are interested in testifying or have comments on the performance of a particular agency.

 

 

AOBA has an upcoming program focused on everyone’s favorite topic – TAXES! On Wed., Feb.5th from 8:30 to 11:00am at 900 7th Street, NW, AOBA will host a seminar for commercial and multifamily property managers entitled “What You Need to Know about the DC Real Property Tax Assessment Process.” This interactive program will include timely information and opportunity to discuss issues with the DC Government’s Office of Tax and Revenue. Register online!

On Jan. 7 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, DDOE is hosting a training session covering the new Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) and RiverSmart Rewards programs at its headquarters. The full-day session covers the generation and certification of SRCs, discounts on the stormwater and impervious area fees, and use of the online application portal.

For more info and to RSVP, contact Matthew Espie at matthew.espie@dc.gov or (202) 715-7644.

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014 DDOE TRAINING
9:00am - 4:00pm (training on the public portal will begin at 1:00pm)
District Department of the Environment
1200 First St. NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
*Metro accessible – New York Avenue station*

The annual Mayor’s Sustainability Awards recognize outstanding businesses and organizations for their environmental stewardship, innovative best practices, pollution prevention, and resource conservation. The District recommends that prospective applicants track the energy consumption, water usage, recycling, and "green projects" for your facility. Previous awardees include AOBA members Cassidy Turley (2012), Akridge (2009), and The Tower Companies (2009) and (2013), the first two-time winner of the Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award. Which AOBA member company will win next year? Application deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014. For more info, please contact marylynn.wilhere@dc.gov. Click on the following link to access the application materials: Award Instructions and Cover Sheet.

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has posted the December 2013 proactive inspections schedule on its website. To view the list of residential properties that DCRA plans to inspect during the month of December, members may click on DCRA – DECEMBER 2013 PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE
The DC Department of the Environment has scheduled additional public training sessions on complying with the 2013 Rule on Stormwater Management and Soil Erosion and Sediment Control (Rule), and Stormwater Management Guidebook (Guidebook).  DDOE has also revised its transition plan for stormwater management performance requirements. The Dec. and Jan. sessions will also provide training on applying for the DDOE Stormwater Fee Discount Program.

Training Sessions: Where: DDOE, 1200 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm: (1) Nov. 19/Room 509: General Compliance (Including site and BMP design, use of off-site retention, and MEP process for PROW associated with parcel-based projects); (2) Dec. 3/Room 509 and Jan. 7/ Room 905: Generation and Certification of Stormwater Retention Credits (SRCs), Discount on Stormwater Impervious Fees, and Use of the Online Application Portal/Database.  For more information click on: 2013 Stormwater Management Rule and Guidebook.

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has posted the November 2013 proactive inspections schedule on its website. Members may click on DCRA – NOVEMBER 2013 PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE to view the list of residential properties that DCRA plans to inspect during the month of November.

 

 

As most members are aware, the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, is back online following the recent federal government shutdown. The DC Sustainable Energy Utility Benchmarking Help Center which was also closed, is also operational and available for assistance by contacting (202) 525-7036 or at benchmarking@dcseu.com. Building owners who are still not in compliance after Nov. 8th will receive a Notice of Violation, and after a 30-day warning period, may receive a fine.

Penalties for noncompliance: District law provides that a building owner or non-residential tenant that fails to timely, accurately, and completely submit the required benchmarking information to DDOE will be assessed a penalty of not more than $100 for each day during which the required submission has not been made. Property owners who fail to comply with the new deadline will receive a formal "Notice of Violation" letter which will start the clock on a 30-day warning period. Fines will be assessed after the end of the warning period. To confirm that your building(s) is in compliance, click here to email info.benchmark@dc.gov with the subject "confirm compliance" and include the building name, address, DC unique building identifier, and Portfolio Manager Property ID for each building

 

 

 

On Oct. 21, the DC Council’s Committees on Finance and Revenue and Government Operations held a joint hearing on B20-387, the “Electric Company Infrastructure Improvement Financing Act of 2013.” This bill follows elements of the recommendations from the Mayor’s Power Line Underground Task Force and would authorize a $1 billion program to underground Pepco's distribution feeders in areas that historically have been impacted by storms and overhead outages. The $1 billion legislative proposal is, however, silent on specific minimum work requirements.

The legislation specifies that ratepayers will bear 100% of the costs in the form of various surcharges on their electric bills. AOBA testified and expressed significant concerns with the bill, primarily due to the fact that undergrounding is hugely expensive, has its own vulnerabilities and the bill would make commercial ratepayers responsible for over 80% of the costs. Additionally, ratepayers, including AOBA members, could face noticeable increases in their gas bills, as well as significantly increased electric bills, due to a proposed Washington Gas $1 billion pipeline replacement plan.

Thanks to all members who took time to communicate their company’s concerns to DC Council members.

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, the online tool used for energy benchmarking and for reporting the results to the District of Columbia, was offline due to the temporary federal government shutdown. The DC Sustainable Energy Utility Benchmarking Help Center is also temporarily closed. Due to the shutdown, the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for non-compliant buildings will be extended by seven days after the tool comes back online on Oct. 17th.

Please direct your questions to DDOE at info.benchmark@dc.gov or 202-671-3042, or members may email  NWhiteman@aoba-metro.org.

Penalties for noncompliance: District law provides that a building owner or non-residential tenant that fails to timely, accurately, and completely submit the required benchmarking information to DDOE will be assessed a penalty of not more than $100 for each day during which the required submission has not been made. Property owners who fail to comply with the new Oct. 1 deadline will receive a formal "Notice of Violation" letter which will start the clock on a 30-day warning period. Fines will be assessed after the end of the warning period.

 

 

The District Department of the Environment is seeking help from AOBA members to test out their new RiverSmart Rewards and Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) Trading Program online application portal. If you are interested in applying for a Stormwater Fee and Clean Rivers IAC discount or would like to participate in the SRC trading program, this is a great way to get personalized assistance with your application!  Please contact Emily Rice at emily.rice@dc.gov or (202) 535-2679.

 

“Car Free Days” are scheduled Sept. 20-22 for the DC area. This is an international event celebrated every September in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. Car Free Days are open to everyone the Washington metro area. For all the details, visit http://www.carfreemetrodc.com/

And btw, to participate in this fun and worthwhile event, all you (or your tenants) need to do is fill out the online pledge form, then go car free,or rely less on your car, from Friday – Sunday, September 20-22. Once you pledge, you’re automatically entered for a chance to win prizes!

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has posted the September 2013 proactive inspections schedule on its website. Members may click on  DCRA – SEPTEMBER 2013 PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE to view the list of residential properties that DCRA plans to inspect during the month of September.

The DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) has authorized a second extension of the April 1 benchmarking reporting deadline to Oct. 1. DDOE mailed reminder letters to all building owners who failed to comply with the April 1 reporting deadline and have yet to report the energy and water usage data for their properties. This is the second extension of the reporting deadline by DDOE. Earlier this summer, DDOE issued a notice extending the April 1 deadline to August 30. The Clean and Affordable Energy Act required owners of buildings over 100,000 square feet to measure and report energy and water usage data to DDOE by April 1, 2013. The scope of reporting expands in 2014 to include all buildings over 50,000 square feet.

Penalties for noncompliance: District law provides that a building owner or non-residential tenant that fails to timely, accurately, and completely submit the required benchmarking information to DDOE will be assessed a penalty of not more than $100 for each day during which the required submission has not been made. Property owners who fail to comply with the new Oct. 1 deadline will receive a formal "Notice of Violation" letter which will start the clock on a 30-day warning period. Fines will be assessed after the end of the warning period.

The DC Public Schools’ (DCPS) annual Beautification Day is scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  The DCPS event was first started in 2005 as a way to improve all of the District’s public school buildings prior to the first day of school.  Beautification Day volunteers will assist with landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, and other external beautification efforts. There are over 100 schools across the District in need of volunteers.  In the past AOBA members have contributed supplies, light repairs and other services.  If your company is participating in Beautification Day,  please notify AOBA! We will highlight individual and corporate AOBA participants in our newsletter. For more info, click on: (1) Registration to Volunteer (Volunteers must register online!); (2) Frequently Asked Questions; and (3) Download the FlyerEspañol. Members may also contact DCPS via e-mail at dcps.beautificationday@dc.gov or by calling (202) 710-6601.
Earlier this summer, the DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) issued a notice extending the April 1 reporting deadline to Aug. 30, 2013 for owners required to benchmark their buildings.  DDOE mailed reminder letters to all building owners who failed to comply with the April 1 reporting deadline. The District’s Clean and Affordable Energy Act required owners of buildings over 100,000 square feet to measure and report energy and water usage data to DDOE by April 1, 2013. The scope of reporting expands in 2014 to include all buildings over 50,000 square feet.  (See Overview - Benchmarking in the District of Columbia).

Penalties for noncompliance: District law provides that a building owner or non-residential tenant that fails to timely, accurately, and completely submit the required benchmarking information to DDOE will be assessed a penalty of not more than $100 for each day during which the required submission has not been made. According to DDOE, over 60% of the buildings required to report data this year met the April 1 deadline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has launched its new Stormwater Fee Discount Program, called RiverSmart Rewards.   The RiverSmart Rewards program offers a discount of up to 55% off of the DDOE Stormwater Fee. Discounts are calculated based on the total volume of stormwater that an eligible best management practice (BMP), or combination of BMPs, retain on site.  AOBA members may apply for a RiverSmart Rewards discount using the Standard Application which is required for sites where BMPs manage greater than 2,000 square feet of impervious surface.  If you installed BMPs prior to the availability of this program, you may also be eligible for a Retroactive Discount. Retroactive Discounts are calculated based on the date of installation of the BMPs or May 1, 2009, whichever is later.

On Aug. 2, 2013, DC Water published final regulations establishing a Clean Rivers IAC Incentive Program. Under this program, a DC Water customer is eligible for a discount of up to 4% off of the Clean Rivers IAC charged on the DC Water bill. DC Water will launch this program on October 1, 2013. DC Water will NOT apply the discount retroactively despite what AOBA believes is a statutory requirement to do so.  Please visit DDOE's website, www.ddoe.dc.gov/riversmartrewards, to learn more about RiverSmart Rewards. Members may also contact Emily Rice, an Environmental Protection Specialist with DDOE by email at Emily.Rice@dc.gov for additional information.

 


The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has posted the August 2013 proactive inspections schedule on its website. To view the list of residential properties that DCRA plans to inspect during the month of August, members may click on DCRA – AUGUST 2013 PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE.

 

On July 19, the DC Department of the Environment (DDOE)  published final regulations for the Stormwater Fee Discount Program – 71913 Final DDOE Stormwater Fee Discount Program Regulations. The Stormwater Fee Discount Program helps property owners in the District save up to 55% on their DDOE stormwater fee through the installation of stormwater best management practices, such as green roofs, bioretention, and permeable pavement. With the publication of the final rules, property owners can now begin applying for the credit.  For background information on the Stormwater Fee Discount Program, please click on the following link: DDOE Riversmart Rewards (Stormwater Fee Discount) Program Overview

AOBA will host a member briefing on July 22 at 10am at AOBA in which DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) representatives Emily Rice and Evan Branosky, both Environmental Protection Specialists, will brief AOBA members on applying for the stormwater fee and impervious area charge discount programs as well as the Stormwater Retention Credit  (SRC) Trading Program. The Stormwater Fee Discount Program is tentatively scheduled to take effect on July 12.

The Stormwater Fee Discount Program helps property owners in the District save up to 55% on their DDOE stormwater fee through the installation of stormwater Best Management Practices, such as green roofs, bioretention, and permeable pavement.   The July 22nd meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about these programs.

For background information on the Stormwater Fee Discount Program, please click on the following link: DDOE Riversmart Rewards (Stormwater Fee Discount) Program OverviewMembers interested in attending this meeting should RSVP by emailing Michael Woicekowski at MWoicekowski@aoba-metro.org.

The DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) is extending the benchmarking reporting deadline to Aug. 30, 2013. DDOE recently mailed reminder letters to all building owners who failed to comply with the original April 1 reporting deadline. As a reminder, District law provides that a building owner or tenant that fails to timely, accurately, and completely submit the required benchmarking information to DDOE will be assessed a penalty of not more than $100 for each day during which the required submission has not been made.  To avoid receiving a Notice of Violation and the imposition of fines, property owners who did not submit required energy and water performance data by April 1, must report the information to DDOE by August 30. To learn more about private building benchmarking in the District, visit the DDOE website by clicking on: DDOE-Private Building Benchmarking.

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has posted the July 2013 proactive inspections schedule on its website. Members may click on DCRA – JULY 2013 PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE to view the list of residential properties that DCRA plans to inspect during the month of July.
On June 24, the DC Tax Revision Commission will hold a public hearing from 5:00pm-8:00pm at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, Room 1107.  The  purpose of this public hearing will be to receive public testimony about how taxes in the District should be changed in order to: (1) provide for fairness in the apportionment of taxes; (2) broaden the tax base; (3)  make the District’s tax policy more competitive with surrounding jurisdictions; (4) encourage business growth and job creation; and  (5) modernize, simplify, and increase transparency in the tax code.  The public may submit testimony in person, in writing or by email, however oral testimony will be limited to three minutes, while written testimony can be as long as necessary.  In preparation for the hearing, members can review reports previously submitted to and learn more about the Commission, by visiting the following website: www.dctaxrevisioncommission.org.  Members can also view a copy of the public hearing notice by clicking on the following link: DC Tax Revision Commission - Notice of June 24 Public Hearing. AOBA members interested in testifying should contact Mike Woicekowski by calling (202) 296-3390 or via e-mail at MWoicekowski@aoba-metro.org.

 

 


 

On May 3, 2013, DC Water published proposed rules for an Impervious Area Charge (IAC) discount program. DC Water is proposing to establish a three year pilot program for the IAC discount program, with a maximum allowable credit for the first year of only 4% --- notably less than the credit of up to 55% that will be applied by DDOE to its stormwater fee. Per the proposed rules, the IAC discount program should take effect on the same date as DDOE’s stormwater discount program (final date pending Council approval), but not earlier than Oct. 1, 2013. Additionally, DC Water will not retroactively apply the IAC credit to the bills of qualified owners to the March 25, 2009 implementation date of the IAC as required by law. For more information on the IAC discount program, please contact Nicola Y. Whiteman at (202) 296-3390 or nwhiteman@aoba-metro.org.

On April 29, 2013, the EPA ENERGY STAR® website, www.energystar.gov, experienced a cyber-attack that resulted in unauthorized access to some data from the DC Department of the Environment’s (DDOE) servers (view the official EPA notice). The information accessed may include energy data, names, email addresses, account details for some users, and encrypted passwords – technically "hashed" passwords; ENERGY STAR does not store passwords in plain text. In response, EPA took all of www.energystar.gov offline. Most of the site is back online, but as a precaution, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and other tools that require a password to log in will be unavailable until the end of this week (May 3rd). Users will be required to create a new password upon logging in. The access for people or organizations you have shared facilities with will not be affected. The outage will not negatively impact the compliance schedule or any building owners that have not yet submitted data to DDOE. For more information about private benchmarking in the District, members can click on the following link: DDOE - Private Building Benchmarking in the District. To receive benchmarking updates from DDOE, please click on the following link: DC Benchmarking Stakeholders List


The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has posted the May 2013 proactive inspections schedule on its website. Members may click on DCRA – MAY 2013 PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE to view the list of residential properties that DCRA plans to inspect during the month of May.

DC Water is proposing a 5.5% increase in the water and sewer rates for Fiscal Year 2014. The proposed rates, if adopted by the DC Water Board of Directors, will be effective Oct. 1, 2013. DC Water has  scheduled a May 8 hearing to receive  public comments about the proposed increases. The hearing will begin at 6:30pm at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 North Capitol Street, NE, First Floor Training Room. For info about the FY14 rates or the May 8 public hearing, please contact Nicola Whiteman at NWhiteman@aoba-metro.org

Building owners and managers can now review the answers to the 10 most common questions fielded by DDOE or DC SEU by clicking on the following link: Answers to the 10 Most Frequently Asked Benchmarking Questions.Questions include the following: Do I have to include my parking garage in the benchmarking report? It depends. Parking garages do not count towards the size thresholds with respect to when/if you have to report to DDOE, but they do use energy!  If the parking garage shares energy use with the rest of the building without separate or sub-metering, then you must input the garage space as an additional space in the Portfolio Manager entry for that building. If all energy and water use in the garage is separately metered, and the garage is below grade, you do not need to include either the garage space or its energy use. Many more questions and answers can be found in DDOE's benchmarking FAQ document. Members may also visit:  DDOE- Private Building Benchmarking for additional information.

 

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has posted the March 2013 inspection schedule on its website. Members may click on DCRA – MARCH 2013 PROACTIVE INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE to view the list of residential properties that DCRA plans to inspect during the month of March.
DC Water is proposing a 5.5% increase in the water and sewer rates for Fiscal Year 2014.   The proposed rates, if adopted by the DC Water Board of Directors, will be effective Oct. 1, 2013. Please click here for a comparison of the current rates with the increases proposed by DC Water.

 

Please note that the Adjustment of General Applicability for 2012, effective May 1, 2013, is 2.2% as announced by the Rental Housing Commission. Thus, the allowable increase for most tenants will be 4.2% (2.2% + 2%) and will be 2.2% for qualified elderly and disabled tenants. Additional information will be sent to members.

 

Last month, the DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) published final regulations to implement the District’s requirement for all large private buildings to annually benchmark energy and water performance. The final regulations are applicable to commercial and multifamily buildings. With the publication of the final rules, building owners must report that information to DDOE according to the timeline at the following link: DDOE Initial Benchmark Reporting Requirements.  To  help determine if your building is covered and/or to look up the Building ID number you need to use when benchmarking, DDOE has published a listing of covered buildings over 100,000 sq. ft. Members can view the list by clicking on the following link: District Energy Benchmarking of Existing Buildings - Covered Buildings List 2013.
On Feb. 8, Mayor Vincent Gray swore in members of the new Business Regulatory Reform Task Force.  Members of the Task Force, reflecting a cross-section of the public and private sectors, include AOBA representative Mary Lynch, Vice President-Property Management, Akridge. The task force is charged with: (1) reviewing the District’s rules and regulations to identify existing requirements that might impede the progress of business; and (2) monitoring and tracking current and future proposals to reform regulations and identify their potential impact on businesses. The final recommendations will include proposals to eliminate any inconsistent regulations administered by the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.  AOBA looks forward to working with the Task Force to achieve its important mission. For more info, click on: Mayor Gray Launches Business Regulatory Reform Task Force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plan ahead!  Next month, major road closures are planned on Saturday, March 16 for the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon and the related CareFirst Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Members will find a detailed list of planned closures at: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/files/2011/11/usa13_roadclosuregrid1.pdf