(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced that his Office of Boards and Commissions is receiving applications for appointment to the District’s newly created Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (Ethics Board). The board is responsible for investigating alleged violations of ethics laws by District government employees and public officials. In addition, the board will issue new rules and regulations regarding the ethical conduct of employees and public officials and conduct mandatory training on the Code of Conduct.
“A strong Ethics Board is a foundation of good government and essential to ensuring public confidence,” Mayor Gray said. “I’m asking eligible, committed, civic-minded residents to consider applying to serve on this board.”
The Ethics Board will consist of three members, no more than two of whom may come from the same political party. Members will be appointed by the Mayor to serve for six-year terms (except for the initial appointees, who will serve staggered terms). Appointments to the panel must be confirmed by the DC Council.
To be eligible, an applicant must be a registered voter, live in the District for at least one year prior to appointment and hold no other office or employment in the District government. A candidate also must possess demonstrated integrity, independence, public credibility, knowledge of civic affairs and training or experience in government ethics or public transparency.
Ethics Board members are prohibited from holding office in District political organizations; endorsing or opposing District candidates for public office; or soliciting funds for, or contributing to, District political organizations or candidates. Board members cannot be lobbyists or convicted felons.
Other duties include conducting mandatory training on the Code of Conduct; operating a confidential, anonymous telephone hotline to receive information about possible violations of the Code of Conduct; and appointing the director of the District’s Open Government Office and the director of the Ethics Board’s office.
For an application, go to the Office of Boards and Commissions website. For more information, call 202.727.1372.