(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 [§ 2-223.01 et seq.].
(e) Within 30 business 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, with the potential for a 15-business-day extension to be granted by 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.
This section is referenced in § 1-1162.14.
Effect of Amendments
The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-122, in (e), substituted “30 business days” for “15 business days” and added “with the potential for a 15-business-day extension to be granted by the Ethics Board.”
For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(e) of the Comprehensive Code of Conduct and BEGA Emergency Amendment Act of 2014, (D.C. Act 20-323, Apr. 28, 2014, 61 DCR 4681).