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D.C. Council to reconsider contract review authority

Tuesday - 9/18/2012, 3:52pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A D.C. councilmember wants to strip the council of its power to review contracts worth more than $1 million.

Councilmember Jack Evans says the contract review authority contributes to an atmosphere of corruption. Evans, a Democrat who plans to run for mayor, says when the council meddles in contracts, it's usually for political reasons and not because of the merits of the award.

The council's contract review authority has come under scrutiny since the 2009 award of the district's lucrative lottery contract, which some critics say was rebid because of political pressure. A federal grand jury is investigating the circumstances surrounding the lottery contract.

Because the bill would require amending the city charter, it would have to be actively approved by Congress if the council approves it.

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