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CFO'S JOURNAL

HOW WE ARE SUCCEEDING
everyone to replace our standalone PCs.
Some areas of the OCFO were raving about
how good this new software "Microsoft
Teams" was to work collaboratively. At that
point, I honestly had not tried Teams, and
would rather stay at the office late than
unplug my laptop.
Having the new laptops and new Teams
software was very helpful, but what was and
continues to be truly remarkable is how each
of you buckled down and figured out how to
get it done with what you had. All the values
in our SMARTER culture were on display and
I personally was amazed and proud to see
it. Paychecks keep coming, bills are paid,
accounting and budgeting are getting done,
municipal bonds are being sold, tax and
financial system technology projects continue forward, the hospital and convention
center have adjusted financially, property tax
assessments have been issued, and we had
one of the more efficient tax seasons ever in
terms of customer service and return processing and the list goes on and on.
On top of that, we redid the budget from
scratch guided by the extensive recession
plan we had just completed in mid-February
that outlined the financial tools available to
the District to minimize the impacts on government services. The budget is balanced,
reserves used prudently, spending reallocated, and all without any employee being
furloughed or laid off. These results are

because of the work that you all have done
over the years and continue to do to make
the District one of the best financially managed cities in the nation.
It is now September, six months since this
all started, with most of us working remotely
and dealing with all the issues that the pandemic and recent national events have created not only economic uncertainty, but
exposed glaring disparities in health and
social justice outcomes. Despite the challenges that we face, somehow, the nearly
1,700 employees of the OCFO have figured
out how to serve our city through it all. Angell
and I recently conducted "All Hands" meetings to talk to you about keeping safe is our
highest priority, and thanking you for how you
have made this work. This newsletter is dedicated to how we have coped over the last six
months and gotten it done. This newsletter is
dedicated to your stories of success.
As the Chief Financial Officer of the District
of Columbia, I could not be more proud of
all of you and of how you have managed in
these unprecedented times. Most residents
do not know the work and effort you put in
to serve them, especially in times like these,
but I want you know that the entire executive
team of the OCFO and I do, and we greatly
appreciate it. I ask you to continue to be safe,
take care of yourself and your loved ones,
and continue to support each other. Thank
you again for what you do every day. *
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