Darrin Sobin '92, the District of Columbia's Director of Government Ethics, is asking lawmakers to broaden the District ethics board's authority,
criminalizing certain conduct for the first time and strengthening laws
intended to prevent conflicts of interest.
Darrin Sobin said this week that the panel's request for
enhanced powers was "intended to send a message that ethics reform is
active and ongoing."
The board's 16 recommendations to District
lawmakers emphasized the need for tougher rules to avoid "indirect
action that creates an appearance of nepotism-based conflict of
interest" and suggested "romantic and cohabitant relationships" be
included in anti-nepotism guidelines.