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2018 AG0 District of Columbia Board of Ethics and Government Accountability

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summary of Services

Specifically, BEGA is responsible for:

  • Investigating alleged violations of the Code of Conduct, holding adversarial hearings and, where appropriate, levying sanctions;
  • Issuing Advisory Opinions, providing “safe-harbor” for good-faith reliance on these opinions;
  • Issuing Advisory Opinions on its own initiative;
  • Conducting mandatory ethics training for District government employees;
  • Updating and maintaining the District Ethics Manual;
  • Receiving and reviewing public financial disclosure statements from public officials and certification statements from Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners;
  • Overseeing compliance of certain government employees who must file confidential financial disclosure statements with their agency heads;
  • Receiving and auditing lobbyist registration forms and lobbyist activity reports;
  • Issuing binding opinions on compliance with the Open Meetings Act;
  • Monitoring and providing advice on District agencies compliance with the Freedom of Information Act; and
  • Assisting government agencies in the implementation of open government policies and practices.