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BEGA's 2021 Ethics Week

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BEGA is hosting Ethics Week 2021 "Reappeoaching Ethical Values" from October 18-22, 2021. 

We have scheduled several virtual presentations that will provide employees with information on ethics, FOIA, and Open Meeting Act and how those rules apply in a virtual world. 

Here are the course offerings. All of the presentations with the exception of the Ask BEGA session are for District government employees and public officials. 

Monday, October 18, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am

Introduction and Opening Remarks - REGISTER HERE

Learn about current happenings and strategic plans within the Office of Government Ethics

Ashley Cooks, Acting Director of OGE


2:00 – 3:00pm


Informational and Q&A session for District employees. OGE Attorneys will answers previously
submitted and live ethics questions. Pre-submit ethics questions here.

BEGA Attorneys 


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

12:00pm - 12:30 pm

Ethics and Yoga (Meditation) - REGISTER HERE

Rashee Raj, BEGA General Counsel 


1:00 - 2:30 pm

Unlocking the Positive Value of Ethics - REGISTER HERE

The presentation will include real life ethics scenarios and discuss ways to help employees
avoid ethics issues. Attendees will participate in an ethics game tool that helps diverse teams
and leaders work better together ethically, and protects employees and organizations from
unethical behavior.

Marcy Maslov, Chief Integrity Builder, e-Factor!® 


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

10:00 – 11:00am

Let the Sunshine In: Understanding DC's Three Transparency Laws that Create a More Transparent Government - REGISTER HERE

Zita Orji, OOG Attorney


11:00pm - 12:00 PM

Best Practice Recommendations for OMA Compliance - REGISTER HERE

Learn key tips for conducting meetings is accordance with the Open Meeting Act.

Johnnie Barton, OOG Chief Counsel 


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Unveiling of the Office of Open Government's New Offerings - REGISTER HERE

Presentation of The Open Meetings Act Training Video (30 min video) and a Sneak Peek of The Parliamentary Procedure Training Portal for Administrative Points of Contacts for Boards and Commissions

Niquelle Allen, OOG Director 


1:00 - 2:00 pm

Parliamentary Efficiency: YOU Can Make Your Meetings Shorter - REGISTER HERE

Learn the basics of how to conduct efficient, shorter meetings.

Nicholas Weil, OOG Attorney


2:00 - 3:00 pm

FOIA 101: The Path that Leads to Openness and Accountability - REGISTER HERE

Sheree DeBerry, OOG Attorney


3:00 - 4:00 pm

How to Compose and Upload Video Recordings to Open-DC.GOV - REGISTER HERE

Kevon Bridges, OOG IT Specialist


Thursday, October 21, 2021

10:00 – 11:00am

The Intersection of Ethics and Donations - REGISTER HERE

This presentation will provide information on the District Donations Process and how the ethics rules apply to employees’ acceptance of gifts and donations.

Rold Louis, Serve DC; Maurice Echols, OGE Attorney


12:00 – 12:30pm

Ethics and Yoga (Meditation) - REGISTER HERE

Rashee Raj, BEGA General Counsel


2:00 - 3:00 pm

Ethical Pitfalls in a Remote World - REGISTER HERE

Hear from Agency Ethics Counselors about their challenges and experiences of maintaining an ethical culture in a virtual world.

Moderated by Asia Stewart-Mitchell, OGE Supervisory Attorney


Friday, October 22, 2021

10:00 - 11:00 am

Legal Ethics for Government Attorneys - REGISTER HERE

This session is a fully accredited course that will provide training for government attorneys on the legal ethics rules.

Nakia L. Matthews, Legal Ethics Counsel
Erika Stillabower, Senior Legal Ethics Counsel
Rashee Raj, BEGA General Counsel
Asia Stewart-Mitchell, OGE Supervisory Attorney