On February 6, 2019, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor testified before the Committee of the Whole on “The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: What Issues Should the Committee Pursue?”
On January 22, Chairman Mendelson, together with nine other members of the D.C. Council, reintroduced the Department of Buildings Establishment Act that would split the Department of Consumer Affairs into two entities—one called “the Department of Buildings” that would oversee buildings inspections and permitting, and another that would assume the remaining duties under of DCRA.
Much of the attention regarding this proposal has focused on the proposed Department of Buildings and whether splitting DCRA could improve the permitting and inspection processes. But the bill—whether one agrees with its approach or not—is important because it also shines a light on the regulatory and licensing practices at DCRA and what they could mean for the District’s economy, its small businesses, and its low-skilled residents.
Read her testimony here.