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Round Two on OCTO Probe

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) now has subpoena power in an investigation of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer scandal, which came to light last month when the FBI made arrests--two employees and a contractor---and raided the agency's offices looking for evidence.

The D.C. Council bumped heads with Attorney General Peter J. Nickles who said the executive branch could not appear before the council to answer questions about OCTO's operations because the investigation was ongoing.

Cheh has raised the stakes with the subpoena power and now round two begins.

"The Council is sensitive to the fact that there is an ongoing criminal investigation and will work carefully and collaboratively with the US Attorney's office," Cheh said in a statement. "Nevertheless, the Council has independent oversight responsibilities and the Committee intends to look at the systems, policies, and procedures that permitted this fraud to occur. We want to know how this happened and what actions the Council must take to prevent it from happening in the future."


By Marcia Davis  |  April 3, 2009; 7:47 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Meanwhile WTOP is showing video of Mayor Fenty leaving town again yesterday. I don't understand how he and his staff are allowed do disregard both the Council and the Citizens of this City with no repercussions. Council, it's time for you to take a stand and take all of this lone power that you gave to him back! He wouldn't be able to disregard you or us (the citizens) so quickly if he needed our approval before he moved ahead with something.

Posted by: my2centsis | April 3, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

WTOP will be showing Mayor Fenty leaving the wilson building in handcuffs if he isn't careful.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 3, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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