The 31st Annual Chairman’s Dinner will be held Thursday, December 7 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:45 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. in the International Ballroom and will be followed by remarks from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Sponsor tables include a $350.00 tax deductible donation to the FCBA Foundation.
Inviting Government Guests
Pursuant to the Office of Government Ethics regulation on widely-attended gatherings (5 C.F.R. 2635.204(g)(2)), the Chairman’s Dinner appears to qualify as a widely attended gathering. The value of an individual ticket to the dinner is $295.00. Most employees of the Federal Communications Commission may be directly invited to attend the dinner as guests of individuals and organizations purchasing tables or tickets. In most cases, individuals and organizations may issue invitations to the Chairman’s Dinner without the involvement of the FCBA. Some agencies, departments and branches of the Federal Government, however, apply additional stipulations above the regulations issued by the Office of Government Ethics. Individuals who have signed the Administration’s Ethics pledge cannot accept invitations from most registered lobbying organizations or registered lobbyists. While this event has qualified as a widely-attended-gathering in previous years, each FCC employee is required to obtain individual ethics clearance based on matters they are working on within the Commission. Employees of the Commerce Department are required to obtain individual ethics clearance through the Department’s Office of General Counsel. Invitations to Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, and employees of the Department of State must be issued by the FCBA. Contact the FCBA for additional information.
Requests for invitations to be sent from the FCBA must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 20. Invitations will be issued on a “first-come, first-served” basis and invitees placed at the discretion of the FCBA.