A name that has graced the city political scene for four decades is on its way to the dustbin of history: The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is now officially the D.C. Board of Elections. The change follows enactment of the city’s new ethics law; that established the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to handle the matters encompassed under the “ethics” portion of the BOEE name, which dates back to the earliest days of home rule. Legally speaking, the BOEE became the BOE in late January, when the ethics bill became law. But only in the past few weeks has the board — busy earlier with a primary and special election — moved to publicly change its name.
“It became official when the law became official, but really we’re just rebranding things when we get around to it,” said board spokeswoman Alysoun McLaughlin. McLaughlin said the board is not spending money on a “PR campaign” or other efforts to change the name — it will be changing signs, logos and letterhead as they would otherwise be normally replaced to keep costs down.