During a D.C. Council hearing today, D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan and other witnesses largely dismissed the central components of the Comprehensive Ethics Reform Act sponsored by Brown and council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) as exceedingly bureaucratic and largely ineffective. Nathan called the creation of a new Office of Government Accountability a “duplicative bureaucracy” that would “divert energy and resources” from existing D.C. agencies and offices tasked with policing and enforcing ethics rules for government employees. (One good government group had already called the legislation “toothless.”)

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]

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