City Desk

Agency Director to Dan Tan: “Hard to Trim the Fat”

More on the budget talks at the Wilson Building: Janis Quintana, director of the Office of Unified Communications, is feeling the budgetary heat from the District's top exex. But the agency is really, really struggling. In addition to handling all manner of 911 calls, her operation has been burdened with handling calls from other agencies, including the Department of Employment Services. And in this economy, the unemployment help line is no lunch break.

In light of all that, Quintana, moments ago, told City Administrator Dan Tangherlini: "We're so lean we're finding it hard to trim the fat."

To which the resourceful city administrator replied, "All the different phone equipment–there has to be some savings there?"

Reporting by Mike DeBonis

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