Federal law also contains ethics restrictions that apply to District government employees. Title 18, Section 207, of the United States Code limits the extent to which a former government employee may work on a matter related to his or her District employment.
Title 18, Section 208, of the United States Code prohibits District employees from making decisions on matters in which the employee, or the employee’s spouse or child has a financial interest or that affects an organization for which the employee services an officer, director, or in which he or she has some other interest.
Violations of either of these provisions is punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, or a fine of up to $50,000 (or the amount of any compensation unlawfully obtained, whichever is greater) or both. For further information, please refer to the Ethics Manual available on BEGA’s website at http://bega.dc.gov.