Jeffrey DeWitt, nominated for D.C. CFO, will begin confirmation hearings Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is set to scrutinize Mayor Vincent Gray's nominee for the powerful position of chief financial officer.

A council committee will consider a resolution on Wednesday confirming Jeffrey DeWitt as the replacement for longtime CFO Natwar Gandhi. DeWitt is the chief financial officer in Phoenix.

Although appointed by the mayor and approved by the council, the CFO operates independently from the rest of city government. The position was created by Congress in the 1990s to ensure that the district doesn't overspend. Gandhi has been CFO since 2000 and has overseen the restoration of the city's finances. But his stewardship of the office has come under increasing scrutiny and is the subject of investigations by a federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission.