Draft July Newsletter

 

Volume 6

Issue 1

July 2019

 

441 4th Street NW

Suite 830 South

Washington, DC 20001

202-481-3411

bega.dc.gov

 

Brent Wolfingbarger,

Director

 

Rochelle Ford,

General Counsel (Acting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

 

Although the Fourth of July holiday is now behind us, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is still in the middle of the second quarterly filing period for Lobbying Activity Reports.  Lobbying registrants have until July 15, 2019 to report all lobbying activities conducted between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019, using BEGA’s Lobbying Registration and Reporting (LRR) e-filing system at https://efiler.bega.dc.gov/LobbyistAccount/Login

 

We are also preparing to initiate enforcement action against designated employees and public officials who failed to file their Financial Disclosure Statements (FDS) during the annual filing season that recently concluded.  Late fees can be assessed against non-filers at a rate of $10 per day up to a maximum of $300, plus additional penalties may be imposed for deliberate non-compliance with the FDS filing requirements.  If you have been designated by your agency as a required Public FDS filer but have not yet filed your statement, we urge you to do so via our e-filing system at https://efiler.bega.dc.gov/Auth/FDS.  If you have been designated your agency as a required Confidential FDS filer but have not yet submitted your statement with your agency’s ethics counselor, we urge you to do so as soon as possible to bring yourself into compliance.

 

As always, if you have questions or need advice regarding your ethical obligations as a District employee, feel free to contact us at (202) 481-3411 or via email at bega@dc.gov.

 

Regards,

Brent Wolfingbarger, Director

 

 

 

BEGA Happenings :

On May 2, 2019, Board of Ethics and Government Accountability welcomed two new Board members, Charles Nottingham and Melissa Tucker.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethics tips!

 

 

 

Leaving District employment soon?

Looking to do some outside consulting?

 BEGA does more than just agency-wide trainings and enforcement.  Attorneys are also available for individual counseling sessions regarding any of the

Code of Conduct provisions.

 

 

 

If you have any questions about

these or other government ethics gifting matters, contact the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability at

 202-481-3411 or bega@dc.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enforcement Matters :

 

v  A District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Deputy Chief was recently served with a Notice of Violation for making personnel decisions regarding his son.  Read the full text here

 

v  A Supervisory Civil Engineer with the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation was fined $1,000 for failing to disclose her outside interests on 2012 and 2013 Public Financial Disclosure Statements.  Read the agreement here.

 

 

Upcoming Events :

July 10, 2019:  10 a.m. – BEGA monthly training 441 4th St. NW, Suite 540 South

 

July 11, 2019:  10 a.m. - BEGA monthly Board Meeting 441 4th St. NW, Suite 540 South

 

 

Ethics In the News:

Last month, the Office of Special Counsel found multiple Hatch Act violations against Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump.  OSC wrote a letter to the President detailing their findings and recommending removal from her position.  A copy of the letter and report of the findings is posted here.