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Yesterday, I received responses to my questions regarding the resignation of Pamela Graham, former budget director for the D.C. public school system. To recap: Immediately after Graham’s resignation, D.C. Financial Chief Natwar Gandhi named Noah Wepman, an education program director with city administrator Dan Tangherlini, as a temporary replacement. According to a mid-February brief in the Post, Rhee planned to submit her budget on March 4 to Mayor Adrian Fenty. He is scheduled to submit the budget to the D.C. Council on March 20.
Below, Karyn-Siobhan Robinson, spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, responds:
“The budget director Noah [Wepman] presented the budget to the city administrator [on March 4]—I wouldn’t say it was a submission. The budget will still go in [to the D.C. Council] on March 20 as planned. Of course, Pamela Graham is still an employee of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. As you know schools can be a rough gig for everybody. We’ve gone through a few CFOs…She’s taking some time off, and everybody right now is looking at the best way to use her skills and assets. She’s been an extraordinarily valuable employee of the OCFO, and will continue to be so.”