THE INVESTIGATION of D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) released last week was limited to his activities as a former member of the Metro board, but the body on which he still sits should not ignore its findings. How the D.C. Council reacts to evidence of misconduct documented in the report will be a measure of its promise to improve government integrity. It also will be the first test for the board it created to enforce ethics rules.
The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, which opened its doors the first of this month, will meet Tuesday. Its first order of business surely must be the report of the four-month investigation, commissioned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, into Mr. Graham’s role in a 2008 Metro development project. Investigators for an internationally recognized law firm concluded that Mr. Graham violated the transit agency’s code of conduct regarding conflict of interest and impartiality when he attempted to barter the project with the lottery contract that was before the city council.