Restrict access to Dropdown List values

Hi and thanks for taking a moment. I need to know how to restrict the availability of  a dropdown value from a dropdown list control. I want to do something like what is below, however in c# this is invalid.  All of the original values for the dropdown list control are populated from a database. I need to filter them at the code level now. Any help greatly appreciated.

if (lblDept.Text == "Quality Assurance" || lblDept.Text == "Information Technology")
        {
 
            ddlComplaintstatus.Items[0].Visible = false;
          }

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jazzcatoneAsked:
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jhabas_onsConnect With a Mentor Commented:

      if (lblDept.Text == "Quality Assurance" || lblDept.Text == "Information Technology")
      {
        ddlComplaintstatus.Items.RemoveAt(0);
      }

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jhabas_onsCommented:
Have you considered just removing the item from the list if they are not allowed access?
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jazzcatoneAuthor Commented:
Hi and thanks for your reply. Certain people may need to access those values however. I know how to write the conditional ( the "if" statement). Just can't figure out how to isolate the particular value and make it invisible.
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jazzcatoneAuthor Commented:
Sorry. I didn't see your code sample you provided. I understand your comment now.
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jhabas_onsCommented:
If you will not know where the item is located in the list you may be able to do something like the following:
ListItem li = ddlComplaintstatus.Items.FindByValue("Pending");
if (lblDept.Text == "Quality Assurance" || lblDept.Text == "Information Technology")
  ddlComplaintstatus.Items.Remove(li);

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krishrrConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can add items manually with for loop to dropdown from dataset or datareader instead of directly binding them using 'DataSource'.

Method 1:
DropDownList.Items.Add("value")

Method2 :
To add items to the DropDownList, along with a Value Field, you can do something like this (the second item is the one that populates the Value:
ddl2.Items.Add(New ListItem("Item 1", "1"))

OR

You can remove the items after binding with DataSource like this:

Method 1:
ddl.Items.RemoveAt(index)

Method2:
ListItem li = dropdownlist.Items.FindByValue(strValue);
if(li != null)
    dropdownlist.Items.Remove(li);
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