Getting Started

To begin searching within the
Government Manual simply type
in a keyword or phrase
to find your match.

National Capital Planning Commission

401 Ninth Street NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004


CHAIRL. Preston Bryant, Jr.
MemberArrington Dixon
MemberThomas Gallas
MemberGeoffery Griffis
MemberElizabeth White

Administrator of General Services (ex officio)Emily W. Murphy
Chair, Council of the District of Columbia (ex officio)Philip Mendelson
Chair, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (ex officio)Trey Gowdy
Chair, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (ex officio)Ron Johnson
Mayor of the District of Columbia (ex officio)Muriel Bowser
Secretary of Defense (ex officio)Jim Mattis
Secretary of the Interior (ex officio)Ryan Zinke


Chief Operating OfficerBarry S. Socks

Director, Office of Public Engagement / Secretary to the CommissionJulia A. Koster
Director, Physical PlanningElizabeth Miller
Director, Policy and ResearchMichael A. Sherman
Director, Urban Design and Plan ReviewDiane Sullivan
Director, Office of AdministrationDebra. Dickson

General CounselAnne R. Schuyler

The National Capital Planning Commission conducts planning and development activities for Federal lands and facilities in the National Capital Region—the District of Columbia, the City of Alexandria, and all land areas within the boundaries of Montgomery, Prince George's, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington Counties.

Organizational Chart

The National Capital Planning Commission was established as a park planning agency by act of June 6, 1924, as amended (40 U.S.C. 8701 et seq.). Two years later, its role was expanded to include comprehensive planning. In 1952, the National Capital Planning Act designated the Commission as the central planning agency for the Federal and District of Columbia governments.

In 1973, the National Capital Planning Act was amended by the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which made the mayor of the District of Columbia the chief planner for the District and gave the Commission specific authority for reviewing certain District decisions. The Commission continues to serve, however, as the central planning agency for the Federal Government in the National Capital Region.

The Commission comprises five appointed and seven ex officio members. Three citizen members, including the Chair, are appointed by the President. The mayor of the District of Columbia appoints the other two members. The Presidential appointees include one resident from Maryland, one resident from Virginia, and one from anywhere else in the United States. The two mayoral appointees must be District of Columbia residents.

Sources of Information

Business Opportunities

The Commission posts contracting opportunities on its Web site.

Career Opportunities

The Commission posts employment opportunities on its Web site.


The Commission posts upcoming events that are open to the public online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA requests should be addressed to the Chief FOIA Officer, National Capital Planning Commission, 401 9th Street NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004. Requests also may be submitted by fax or email. Fax, 202-482-7272


The Commission offers internships for students at accredited colleges and universities. Students with various educational backgrounds—architecture, communications, community planning, computer aided design, geography and geographic information systems, historic preservation, landscape architecture, law, urban design—are encouraged to apply.

Memorial Map

The Commission, in conjunction with the National Park Service, offers Internet users an interactive map of commemorative works in the Nation's capital.


Monthly newsletters are available online.

An archive of quarterly newsletters running from 1998 to 2009 is available online.


The Commission posts recent news releases on its Web site. Starting with the year 2001, an online archive contains releases from previous years.

Open Government

The Commission supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency.

Plain Language

The Commission's writers and editors are committed to using plain language in new communications and revising confusing or unclear language in existing material. If a sentence or paragraph's clarity needs improvement, send them a note using the online form.


Recently released and frequently requested publications are accessible online.


Starting with the year 2004, the Commission's annual reports are accessible online.

Site Map

Web site visitors may use the site map to look for specific topics or to browse for content that aligns with their interests. | Email:

For further information, contact the National Capital Planning Commission, 401 Ninth Street NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004. Phone, 202-482-7200. Fax, 202-482-7272.