D.C. Government’s Dumbest Feud Is Over
By Will Sommer
The dispute stems from whether the inspector general has to share documents from its investigations with BEGA. BEGA argued that it needs them in order to start proceedings against the city employees that OIG catches breaking the law; inspector general Charles Willoughby says that sharing the documents would compromise his agency’s independence. (This was apparently a BEGA-specific issue—OIG has no problem sharing information with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, for example.) The situation had gotten so dire that BEGA authorized staffers to subpoena OIG if they didn’t hand over the documents.
That’s all over now. At yesterday’s BEGA meeting, government ethics director Darrin Sobin said Willoughby had agreed to grant BEGA the same document access as the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Not that Willoughby, who didn’t respond to LL’s request for comment, had much choice. Before the D.C. Council went on its summer recess, government operations committee chairman Kenyan McDuffie introduced new legislation that would require any city agency to give BEGA records without a subpoena.
The immediate effect of what BEGA
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