Loose Lips

Ethics Board Wants New Digs

After a year that saw the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability investigating nearly a quarter of the D.C. Council, the agency now says it wants to move where the action is: the Wilson Building.

BEGA's 2013 ethics report comes loaded with wonky advice about revolving-door personnel rules and whether lobbyists should serve on District boards. Then there's a more concrete recommendation to move BEGA out of its Judiciary Square office space and into the Wilson Building to give it more of a "presence" in the District government.

BEGA Director of Government Ethics Darrin Sobin insists that the agency doesn't want the primo office space to keep a better eye on lawmakers. "It's definitely for the advice-giving component of what we do that we would do that we want to be there," says Sobin. "Not so much for the enforcement."

Unluckily for the watchdogs, the Wilson Building is full. A spokesman for the Department of General Services, which manages District-owned office space, tells LL there's no more room in the District's city hall for another agency.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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