The Washington, D.C. Office of Boards and Commissions is now accepting applications for appointment to the District’s newly created Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced March 7.

The Ethics Board is responsible for investigating alleged violations of ethics laws by District government employees and public officials, as well as issuing rules and regulations governing the ethical conduct of employees and public officials. In addition, the board will conduct mandatory training on the Code of Conduct.

“A strong Ethics Board is a foundation of good government and essential to ensuring public confidence,” Gray said in his call for applicants. “I’m asking eligible, committed, civic-minded residents to consider applying to serve on this board.”

The Ethics Board will consist of three members, no more than two of whom may come from the same political party. Members will be appointed by the mayor to serve for six-year terms (except for the initial appointees, who will serve staggered terms). Appointments to the panel must be confirmed by the D.C. Council.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a registered voter, live in the District for at least one year prior to appointment and hold no other office or employment in the District government. A candidate also must possess demonstrated integrity, independence, public credibility, knowledge of civic affairs and training or experience in government ethics or public transparency.

Ethics Board members are prohibited from holding office in city political organizations; endorsing or opposing District candidates for public office; or soliciting funds for, or contributing to, Washington, D.C. political organizations or candidates. Board members cannot be lobbyists or convicted felons.

For an application, go to the Washington D.C. Office of Boards and Commissions website at http://obc.dc.gov/. For more information, call 202-727-1372.