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Jack Evans Decides to Adjourn Hearing on DC’s Tax Office Management Until After the Nationals Game

A hearing scheduled for 9 AM tomorrow will take a break during the team’s playoff game against the Cardinals.

Council member
Jack Evans has decided to adjourn his much-anticipated hearing on management of DC’s tax office
during tomorrow’s day game between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Evans chairs the council’s finance and revenue committee. He’s also a dedicated Nationals
fan and helped get Nats Park built. His committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday
on reports that the tax office, under the leadership of CFO
Natwar Gandhi, has gaps in accounting and information flow that could allow for malfeasance. The
hearing is much anticipated.

But the baseball game could be even more anticipated. The first pitch of the first
Major League playoff game in DC in 79 years is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

What to do?

The hearing was scheduled to start at 10 AM. Evans moved it up an hour to 9. The session
might have taken a break for lunch at noon. Evans decided to adjourn until 5 PM, when
he and other fans can return to the city’s business.

Will Evans take heat? Of course. But he avoids divided attention.

Chance are Gandhi will not testify until the evening session, after public witnesses,
who will appear in the morning.