Total public members: 5
Method of Appointment: Appointed by Mayor, confirmed by Council
2017 Appointments: 1 (Majority Member)
Length of Appointment: 6 years
Residency: Strong preference for DC residents from all 8 wards
Paid board: Yes
The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) investigates alleged ethics laws violations by District government employees and public officials, provides binding ethics advice and conducts mandatory training on the DC Government’s Code of Conduct.
The Ethics Board shall consist of 5 members, no more than 3 of whom shall be of the same political party, appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council. Members shall be appointed to serve for terms of 6 years, except the members first appointed. Of the members first appointed, one member shall be appointed to serve for a 2-year term, one member shall be appointed to serve for a 4-year term, and one member shall be appointed to serve for a 6-year term, as designated by the Mayor.
Must be a duly registered voter; has resided in the District continuously since the beginning of the one-year period ending on the day he or she is appointed; and holds no other office or employment in the District government.
Ethics Board member shall not:
(1) Act as a leader or hold any office in a District political organization;
(2) Make speeches for a District political organization or candidate, or publicly endorse or oppose a District of Columbia candidate for public office;
(3) Solicit funds for, pay an assessment to, or make a contribution to a District political organization or candidate, or attend or purchase a ticket for a dinner or other event sponsored by a District of Columbia political organization or candidate;
(4) Be a lobbyist;
(5) Use his or her status as a member to directly or indirectly attempt to influence any decision of the District government relating to any action that is not within the Ethics Board's purview; or
(6) During the member's tenure on the Ethics Board, be convicted of having committed a felony in the District of Columbia, or if the crime is committed elsewhere, convicted of an offense that would have been a felony if it had been committed in the District of Columbia.
If you are interested in an appointment to this board, please complete the appointment application. A member of our team will contact you to discuss the opportunity.