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ABRA Divisions

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration consists of four divisions, including the following. Review a chart of staff in each division.

Licensing Division

ABRA's Licensing Division processes applications, issues licenses and provides information to the public about the licensing process. Licensing personnel work with Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and other community organizations to facilitate open dialogue among these groups. In addition, licensing staff members evaluate and recommend changes in licensing processes, regulations and licensing fees.

Enforcement Division

The Enforcement Division enforces compliance with DC Official Code Title 25 and DC Municipal Regulations Title 23. ABRA investigators conduct routine inspections, investigate consumer complaints such as violations of settlement agreements, investigate alleged incidents in or around ABC establishments, and conduct operations involving the prevention of sales and service of alcohol to minors. Investigators submit their findings to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) for disposition. The Enforcement Division includes a compliance analyst who conducts fiscal audits of ABC establishments.

Adjudication Division

Adjudication personnel support the Board by preparing their weekly hearing agenda, notifying the necessary parties of upcoming hearings, facilitating staff settlements and communicating Board decisions. Adjudication staff members monitor the status of protest hearings, settlement agreements and establishment security plans. In conjunction with ABRA's General Counsel, the Adjudication Division works to ensure the enactment of Board decisions and orders.

Administrative Services

Administrative Services provides administrative and operational support to critical agency components such as procurement, payroll, human resources, performance management and information technology. The records management component of the Administrative Services Division provides document and database information to the Board, licensees, ANCs and members of the public. This component also provides certification services, responds to and tracks Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and responds to subpoena requests. In addition, the division houses ABRA’s public affairs and community outreach teams, which provide training to ANCs, community associations and ABC licensees. The team also provides informational support to members of the media and general public.