It’s just the D.C. Board of Elections now


The first time “Board of Elections and Ethics” appeared in The Washington Post, on Sept. 10, 1974. (The Washington Post)

The change follows enactment of the city’s new ethics law; that established the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to handle the matters encompassed under the “ethics” portion of the BOEE name, which dates back to the earliest days of home rule.

Legally speaking, the BOEE became the BOE in late January, when the ethics bill became law. But only in the past few weeks has the board — busy earlier with a primary and special election — moved to publicly change its name.

“It became official when the law became official, but really we’re just rebranding things when we get around to it,” said board spokeswoman Alysoun McLaughlin.

McLaughlin said the board is not spending money on a “PR campaign” or other efforts to change the name — it will be changing signs, logos and letterhead as they would otherwise be normally replaced to keep costs down.

The board’s Web site, for instance, still includes numerous instances of the old name, including its “dcboee.us” URL. Its Twitter handle also remains @dcboee for now, and its Facebook page remains at facebook.com/DCBOEE.

“There’s no harm in continuing to use [Elections and Ethics],” she said, “but it’s not our name anymore.”

Meanwhile, the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability remains in hiatus as the process of appointing its members moves along. Under the ethics law, it assumes full responsibility for enforcing campaign finance, lobbying and conflict of interest issues Oct. 1.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated three members this month; they are set to appear at a D.C. Council roundtable Monday.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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