(a) A formal investigation shall be initiated upon:
(1) Receipt of a written complaint transmitted to the Board;
(2) A finding by the Office of the Inspector General or District of Columbia Auditor
of waste, fraud, abuse of government resources, or a violation of the Code of Conduct;
(3) A finding by a court of competent jurisdiction of liability in a civil proceeding,
indictment, or information in a criminal proceeding with respect to acts or offenses
that may constitute violations of the Code of Conduct or of this subchapter.
(b) A written complaint shall include:
(1) The full name and address of the complainant and the respondent;
(2) A clear and concise statement of facts that are alleged to constitute a violation
of the Code of Conduct or of this subchapter;
(3) The complainant's signature;
(4) A verification of the complaint under oath; and
(5) Supporting documentation, if any.
(c) No complaint may be made under this subchapter later than 5 years after the discovery
of the alleged violation.
(d) An individual making a complaint shall be afforded all available protections from
adverse employment action or retaliation in accordance with Chapter 6 of this title
and subchapter XII of Chapter 2 of Title 2.
(e) Within 30 business days of the initiation of a formal investigation, the Director
of Government Ethics shall cause evidence concerning the complaint to be presented
to the Board, with the potential for a 15-business-day extension to be granted by
the Board. If the Board decides that there is reasonable belief that a violation has occurred,
the Board may authorize the issuance of subpoenas.
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