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Councilmember Muriel Bowser, chair of the committee on government operations, listens to testimony during a public roundtable Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Wilson Building in Washington, D.C. on the nominees for the Board of Ethics and Accountability. The three nominees -- Robert Spagnoletti, Deborah Lanthen and Laura Richards -- all testified. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Councilmember Muriel Bowser, chair of the committee on government operations, listens to testimony during a public roundtable Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Wilson Building in Washington, D.C. on the nominees for the Board of Ethics and Accountability. The three nominees -- Robert Spagnoletti, Deborah Lanthen and Laura Richards -- all testified. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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