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Auditor gets access to development files under settlement

D.C. Auditor Deborah Nichols and her staff will get "immediate, unrestricted access" to 1,000 boxes of documents to complete an audit of projects managed by two now-defunct, quasi-government agencies that served as development arms for the city.

But they will provide the office of Attorney General Peter Nickles with copies of any documents that they scan or copy, under a settlement that ends a disagreement between Nichols and Nickles that Nichols took to Superior Court last year.
Nickles announced their settlement Wednesday.

Under the agreement, Nickles can object to any given document being used. If the two offices can't resolve their dispute, they can go to court.

Nichols had requested that Superior Court enforce her subpoena for the documents from the National Capital Revitalization Corporation and the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, which were dissolved and folded into the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Nickles had refused her subpoena as being "too broad."

Nichols won, but Nickles appealed and won a stay of the order until they could resolve their differences.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 27, 2010; 4:51 PM ET
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Economic Development , Nikita Stewart  
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