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Public Law No: 110-273 (07/15/2008)

 
[110th Congress Public Law 273]
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Public Law 110-273
110th Congress

                                 An Act


 
To preserve the independence of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer 
           Authority. <<NOTE: July 15, 2008 -  [H.R. 5778]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: District of 
Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Independence Act.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``District of Columbia Water and Sewer 
Authority Independence Preservation Act''.
SEC. 2. ENSURING INDEPENDENCE OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF 
                    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER 
                    AUTHORITY.

    (a) Clarification of Inapplicability of 2005 Omnibus Authorization 
Provision.--The District of Columbia Home Rule Act is amended--
            (1) by redesignating the section 424 added by section 
        202(a)(1) of the 2005 District of Columbia Omnibus Authorization 
        Act (Public Law 109--356; 120 Stat. 2036) as section 424a; and
            (2) in section 424a, as so redesignated, by adding at the 
        end the following new subsection:

    ``(e) Inapplicability to Water and Sewer Authority.--The authority 
of the Chief Financial Officer under this section does not apply to 
personnel of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority 
established pursuant to the Water and Sewer Authority Establishment and 
Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996.''.
    (b) Effective Date.--The amendments made by subsection (a) shall 
take effect as if included in the enactment of the 2005 District of 
Columbia Omnibus Authorization Act.
SEC. 3. PRESERVING EXISTING INDEPENDENCE OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 
                    WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY.

    (a) In General.--Part F of title IV of the District of Columbia Home 
Rule Act (sec. 1--204.91 et seq., D.C. Official Code) is amended--
            (1) by amending the heading of such part to read as follows: 
        ``Part F--Independent Agencies and Authorities''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new section:


``independent financial management, personnel, and procurement authority 
            of district of columbia water and sewer authority


    ``Sec. 496.  (a) Financial Management, Personnel, and Procurement 
Authority.--Notwithstanding any other provision

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of this Act or any District of Columbia law, the financial management, 
personnel, and procurement functions and responsibilities of the 
District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority shall be established 
exclusively pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by its Board of 
Directors. Nothing in the previous sentence may be construed to affect 
the application to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority of 
sections 445A, 451(d), 453(c), or 490(g).
    ``(b) Consistency With Existing Authorizing Law.--The rules and 
regulations adopted by the Board of Directors of the District of 
Columbia Water and Sewer Authority to establish the financial 
management, personnel, and procurement functions and responsibilities of 
the Authority shall be consistent with the Water and Sewer Authority 
Establishment and Department of Public Works Reorganization Act of 1996, 
as such Act is in effect as of January 1, 2008.''.
    (b) Clerical Amendments.--(1) The table of contents of such Act is 
amended by amending the item relating to part F of title IV to read as 
follows:

            ``Part F--Independent Agencies and Authorities''.

    (2) The table of contents of such Act is further amended by adding 
at the end of the items relating to part F of title IV the following:

``Sec. 496. Independent financial management, personnel, and procurement 
           authority of District of Columbia Water and Sewer 
           Authority.''.

SEC. 4. PRESERVING EQUAL ELIGIBILITY OF RESIDENTS OF JURISDICTIONS 
                    SERVED BY DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WATER AND SEWER 
                    AUTHORITY TO SERVE AS EMPLOYEES OF AUTHORITY.

    (a) In General.--Section 213 of D.C. Act 17--172 is repealed, and 
each provision of law amended by such section is restored as if such 
section had not been enacted into law.
    (b) Effective Date.--Subsection (a) shall take effect as if included 
in the enactment of D.C. Act 17--172.

    Approved July 15, 2008.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 5778:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 154 (2008):
            June 9, considered and passed House.
            June 16, considered and passed Senate.

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