Norton Introduces Bill to Require Federal Officials in Charge of D.C. Supervision Agencies to Reside in D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that she introduced today a 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 D.C. residents during their tenure. CSOSA is a federal agency, and PSA is an independent entity within CSOSA.
“A residency requirement for the Directors of CSOSA and PSA will help ensure these officials have in-depth knowledge of the issues and challenges that D.C. residents face,” Norton said.
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.
Norton’s introductory statement follows.
Statement of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on the Introduction of
A Bill to Require the Director of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia and the Director of the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency to Reside in the District of Columbia
July 9, 2021
Today, I introduce a bill to require the Directors of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) to reside in the District of Columbia during their tenure.
CSOSA is an independent federal agency that supervises offenders only in D.C. PSA is an independent agency within CSOSA that supervises defendants only in D.C. This bill would not apply to those already in office upon enactment.
Congress has justifiably required that certain federal officials live in the jurisdiction they serve to ensure in-depth knowledge of the unique issues and challenges residents and these federal officials face, but these federal officials serving the District are not required to do so. There is no reason that the Directors of CSOSA and PSA, federal agencies that uniquely serve D.C. residents, should not be required to live in the District, engage with local communities and work closely with local officials. Adding residency requirements for these federal officials is a matter of fairness for the residents they serve.
I strongly urge my colleagues to support this legislation.