The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) is responsible for overseeing both the Office of Government Ethics and the Office of Open Government. Oversight of the Office of Government Ethics includes administering and enforcing the District’s Code of Conduct.
Summary of Services
Specifically, BEGA is responsible for:
- Investigating alleged violations of the Code of Conduct, holding adversarial hearings and, where appropriate, issuing sanctions;
- Issuing Advisory Opinions, providing “safe-harbor” for good-faith reliance on these opinions;
- Conducting mandatory ethics training for District government employees; Receiving and reviewing public financial disclosure statements from public officials, except Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners;
- Receiving and reviewing confidential financial disclosure statements from Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners; and
Receiving and auditing lobbyist registration forms and lobbyist activity reports.