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Code of Official Conduct
September 2009




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Members of the Council of the District of Columbia shall at all times maintain a high level of ethical conduct in connection with the performance of official duties, and shall refrain from taking, ordering, or participating in any official action which would adversely affect the confidence of the public in the integrity of the government of the District of Columbia.

The maintenance of unusually high standards of honesty, integrity, impartiality, and conduct by elected officials is essential to assure the proper performance of government business and the maintenance of confidence by citizens in their government. The avoidance of misconduct and conflicts of interest on the part of Councilmembers is indispensable to the maintenance of these standards.

Councilmembers shall avoid all actions which might result in, or create the appearance of, the following:

(a) Using public office for private gain;

(b) Giving preferential treatment to any person;

(c) Impeding government efficiency or economy;

(d) Losing complete independence or impartiality;

(e) Making a government decision outside official channels; or

(f) Affecting adversely the confidence of the public in the integrity of government.

Councilmembers shall not ask for or accept, either directly or through someone else, any gift, gratuity, favor, loan, entertainment, or anything of value from a person who has or is seeking a contract with the District of Columbia; is regulated by the District; or has any interest that may be affected by the Councilmember’s performance of official duties. (See section 1803 for full rule.)

A Councilmember shall report immediately to the Office of the Inspector General, or other appropriate authorities any information concerning conduct which he or she knows, or should know, involves corrupt or other criminal activity, or conflict of interest of another Councilmember or employee of the District of Columbia or person dealing with the District. (See section 1803.8-11)

Councilmembers shall not order, direct, or request subordinates employees to perform during regular working hours any personal services not related to official District government functions and activities. (See section 1804.1(c))

Councilmembers shall avoid conflicts of interest concerning the award, implementation, monitoring, and performance of contracts for services. (See section 1803.14(a))

(This Code contains excerpts from the D.C. Personnel Regulations; Chapter 18, Part 1; Councilmembers are governed by the entire Chapter as well as by other District and federal ethics laws.)

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