D.C. Council plans new hearing on CFO, lottery

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Local,DC,Alan Blinder

The D.C. Council has scheduled another hearing to probe accusations of impropriety in the office of Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi.

Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans, whose Committee on Finance and Revenue held a hearing in October on Gandhi's office, has planned a second session for Dec. 13.

But Evans played down the session's importance.

"There are no nefarious things going on that I'm aware of," Evans said. "It's just a follow-up from where we were the last time."

Gandhi's office has in recent months been forced to confront allegations that it hired unqualified employees and tried to shield critical audits from public view.

Gandhi has denied any wrongdoing, and Mayor Vincent Gray has said repeatedly that he still has confidence in the CFO, who received a new, five-year term earlier this year.

The December hearing also will review operations at the D.C. Lottery, whose director was accused in an anonymous letter of unethical dealings.

Gray has called those charges "serious," and the D.C. Lottery has not responded to requests for comment.

As CFO, Gandhi oversees the D.C. Lottery and its executive director, Buddy Roogow.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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