Norton Bill Requiring Heads of CSOSA and PSA to Reside in D.C. Passes in Committee

Jul 20, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Committee on Oversight and Reform passed Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) bill to require the Director of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the Director of the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia (PSA) to be District of Columbia residents during their tenure. CSOSA and PSA are federal agencies.

“I am grateful to the Committee on Oversight and Reform for passing my bill to require the Directors of CSOSA and PSA to reside in D.C.,” Norton said. “This important measure would ensure the Directors have in-depth knowledge of the issues and challenges that D.C. residents face. Just as federal officials serving only one judicial district are generally required to live in that district, so too should the Directors, who only serve the District of Columbia, be required to be D.C. residents.”

Norton has introduced two other bills to require certain federal officials to reside in D.C. The District of Columbia Federal Officials Residency Equality Act (H.R. 3786) would require federal district court judges, federal circuit court judges, the U.S. Attorney, the two U.S. Marshals, and the federal court clerk who serve in D.C. to reside in D.C., just as such officials are required to do in other jurisdictions. The District of Columbia National Guard Commanding General Residency Act (H.R. 2338) would require the Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard to reside in D.C. The President controls the D.C. National Guard. These bills are necessary pending statehood.