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November 2015 BEGA newsletter

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

BOARD OF ETHICS AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

Office of Government Ethics
Darrin P. Sobin, Director
Yancey W. Burns, Attorney

Volume 2 
Issue 7
November 2015

              Ethically Speaking       

                  The BEGA/OGE Newsletter            

Holiday Gift Giving and Receiving ―

BEGA has issued guidance on Holiday gift giving and receiving. (Read BEGA's Holiday Gift Guidance)

BEGA Happenings ―

BEGA held its Best Practices Symposium “Follow the Money: Improving Ethics Oversight of Contracting with the District Government” on October 15, 2015 at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), David A. Clarke School of Law. The panel included BEGA Director of Government Ethics, Darrin Sobin, D.C. Inspector General, Daniel Lucas, Chief Procurement Officer for the District’s Office of Contracting and Procurement, George Schutter, and Investigative Reporter for WAMU, Patrick Madden. The panelists addressed ethical issues involved in government contracting and procurement.(Read More)

Advisory Opinions ―

1390-001 – Office of the State Superintendent for Education (“OSSE”) Request for Opinion Regarding Potential Conflict of Interest and Request for Waiver of Any Potential Conflict. (Read the Advisory Opinion)

1294-005 – Department of General Services (“DGS”) Request for Opinion Regarding Potential Conflict and Request for Waiver of Any Potential Conflict. (Read the Advisory Opinion)
If you have any questions, we can be reached at 202-481-3411, or through our website at www.bega-dc.gov

Upcoming Events ―

November 5, 2015 - Monthly Board Meeting - 441 4th St. NW, Suite 540 South.

November 10, 2015 - Monthly Ethics Training - 441 4th St. NW, Suite 540 South

November 10, 2015 - Boards and Commissions Ethics Training - 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

November 12, 2015 - Rehabilitation Services Administration Ethics Training - 1125 15th St, NW

November 17, 2015 - D.C. Retirement Board Employee Ethics Training - 900 7th Street, NW

November 21, 2015 - Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Legal Seminar - Location TBD

Enforcement Matters ― 

An employee of the Department of Healthcare Finance (“DHCF”) was censured for violating the Donations Act by failing to request and obtain  approval for DHCF to accept a donation. (Read More)

Ethics In the News ―

FIFA President’s Future To Be Determined By Ethics Committee (Read More)

Metro Board Chair Violated Conflict Rules, D.C. Inspector General Says (Read More)

Pennsylvania Attorney General Releases Letters Concerning Justice’s Alleged Ethical Violations (Read More)

Good to Know – D.C One Fund
BEGA issued a guide to provide District employees with direction on those activities that should be followed, and those that must be avoided, during the D.C. One Fund campaign. (Read BEGA's D.C. One Fund Guidance)

 

 
If you have any questions, we can be reached at 202-481-3411, or through our website at www.bega-dc.gov