Current through October 23, 2012
(a) A formal investigation shall be initiated upon:
(1) Receipt of a written complaint transmitted to the Ethics Board;
(2) A finding by the Office of the Inspector General or District of Columbia Auditor of waste, fraud, abuse of government resources, or a violation of the Code of Conduct; or
(3) A finding by a court of competent jurisdiction of liability in a civil proceeding, indictment, or information in a criminal proceeding with respect to acts or offenses that may constitute violations of the Code of Conduct or of this subchapter.
(b) A written complaint shall include:
(1) The full name and address of the complainant and the respondent;
(2) A clear and concise statement of facts that are alleged to constitute a violation of the Code of Conduct or of this subchapter;
(3) The complainant's signature;
(4) A verification of the complaint under oath; and
(5) Supporting documentation, if any.
(c) No complaint may be made under this subchapter later than 5 years after the discovery of the alleged violation.
(d) An individual making a complaint shall be afforded all available protections from adverse employment action or retaliation in accordance with Chapter 6 of this title and subchapter XII of Chapter 2 of Title 2.
(e) Within 14 days of the initiation of a formal investigation, the Director of Government Ethics shall cause evidence concerning the complaint to be presented to the Ethics Board. If the Ethics Board decides that there is reasonable belief that a violation has occurred, the Ethics Board may authorize the issuance of subpoenas.
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(Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 213, 59 DCR 1862.)
Legislative History of Laws
For history of Law 19-124, see notes under § 1-1161.01.