May 2017 BEGA newsletter



Office of Government Ethics

Darrin P. Sobin, Director

Ashley D. CooksAttorney Advisor

Volume 4 

Issue 5

May 2017

              Ethically Speaking       

                  The BEGA/OGE Newsletter            

Message from the Director ― 

I hope everyone has had a good month.  There is lots going on over here at BEGA.  Regardless of whether you adhere to the notion that change is inherently good, or change is inherently bad, change seems to just happen anyway.  In the case of BEGA, the departure of Chairman Spagnoletti on April 30th has resulted in the Mayoral appointment of current Board Member Tameka Collier. Chairperson Collier began her tenure as a Board member in December 2016.  For those of you who don’t know, she is an attorney for the Air Force and serves as Chief of the Litigation Support Center there.  Prior to joining federal civil service, Chairperson Collier was an associate at a large law firm where her practice focused on litigation and internal/government investigations. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary. Chairperson Collier is a Ward 2 resident and serves as a volunteer mediator for the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the D.C. Superior Court.  We are very pleased to have Chairperson Collier assume this important role and we look forward to BEGA’s continued success and tradition of excellence under her leadership.       


       - Darrin P. Sobin, Director of Government Ethics

       Advisory Opinions ―

  • BEGA releases Advisory Opinion – 1249-002– Outside Activity “Whether District employee’s colleagues can patronize her business”. Read the Opinion

BEGA Happenings 

  • Follow us on Twitter @dcbega
  • Financial Disclosure Statement season is upon us! You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the form here, our training materials here, and step by step instructions here.” Financial Disclosure Statements due May 15th

Upcoming Events 

  • May 9th, 10:00-12:00 p.m. – Monthly Ethics Training (sign-up via PeopleSoft)
  • May 24th, 5:30 p.m. – Boards and Commissions Training - Wilson Building,1st floor

Ethics In the News 

  • Alabama Prison Worker Charged with Bribery Read more
  • Three Former-NYPD Officers Took Bribes to Expedite Gun Licenses Read more
  • Ex-Pennsylvania Lawmakers Gets New Trial in Corruption Case Read more
  • US Senator Accuses EPA Chief of Violating Ethics Law Read more
  • Maryland Ethics Legislation Moves to Governor Hogan’s Desk Read more

Ethics In the News 

Financial Interests and Disclosures – As a means of assisting District government agencies to evaluate real or potential conflicts of interest, each employee will be required to disclose to his or her employing agency upon appointment, such previous employment relationships as the employing agency may direct, including full disclosure of any ongoing economic benefits to the employee from previous employment relationships. DPM § 1805.1  

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