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J.R. Meyers, Ms. Alexander’s chief of staff, said the council can refer such concerns only to Mr. Simon’s office.

“When we had oversight, some of them would come and not want to talk about their treasurer’s report at the hearing, and we couldn’t demand otherwise,” he said. “ANCs are elected officials, so there isn’t the kind of body that governs them.”

One in three ANCs still haven’t submitted reports months after the last deadline, auditor records show.

“There needs to be better legislation governing when does an ANC have to turn over its books? Right now, it’s pretty egregious,” Meyers said.

On Tuesday, a panel of D.C. officials indicated it is amenable to providing $16,000 to the commission.

Outside contractor

The only one with knowledge about ANC finances, commissioners said, was Ms. Staten, who has declared bankruptcy twice, records show.

After the commission’s coffers were drained by theft and Ms. Staten could no longer be paid, Ms. James announced she had a new “volunteer assistant” named Tony Dugger, a political operative in Ward 5 who worked for the campaign of D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown.

Days later, as the commission prepared for a new infusion of taxpayer funds, an email was sent from Mr. Dugger’s account advising that the commission would be hiring a paid “executive director.” In meetings, the commission never discussed such a position or drafted the job requirements.

In an interview, Mr. Dugger initially denied sending the job posting, then alternated between disavowing any affiliation with the ANC and defending its actions under Ms. James in detail.

The expanded job description appeared to outsource nearly all of the work that would be done by a part-time, elected advisory neighborhood commission, from drafting policy positions to testifying before city council.

The requirements closely mirror his own resume.