Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is scheduled to testify Thursday before a D.C. Council committee about problems in his agency, ranging from deficiencies in the tax office to an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission into internal financial audits that were not made public until recently.
Gandhi’s appearance will be the second in two months before the Committee on Finance and Revenue, which initially called a series of hearings in response to reports in The Washington Post.
The first hearing in October was dominated by William J. DiVello, who abruptly resigned as internal affairs chief for the Office of the Chief Financial Office a week before he testified because he said senior managers refused to make public a revised audit that showed that tax office supervisors could change property values without detection.
Since then, a February deposition of Robert Andary, DiVello’s predecessor, shows that he resigned for similar reasons. “Mr. Gandhi inserted himself into the process,” Andary said during the deposition. “He wanted to tell me how the report should be issued and whether the report should be issued and whether anything should be written down as a result of the audit, and I would not concede to that.”