OBC Application Form and Guide / Eligibility
To apply for a board or commission position, please follow the directions below:
Obtain and complete the Application for Mayoral Appointment to a Board or Commission and submit it to the Office of Boards and Commissions. Please include Tax Forms A+B (located below) and an updated resume or biography. Many boards have similar names, so be sure to state the full and correct name of your board preference. In order to be considered for an appointment, all candidates must complete Application for Mayoral Appointment to a Board or Commission and must include:
- Boards or commissions in which you are interested
- Name, address, telephone number(s), ward and business information
- Education and qualifications
- Community activities/organizational affiliations
Many boards have similar names, so be sure to state the full and correct name of your board preference at the top of the application, or give us a call at (202) 727-1372. You should provide some justification as to why you believe you are qualified for service on that particular board. After the appointment process for each board is completed, the resumes are maintained in a database file.
Please send the information to the following address or by email:
Office of Boards and Commissions
Executive Office of the Mayor
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 302
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 727-2359 (Fax)
Select the links below to view the Office of Boards and Commissions application guide, application form and tax forms.
- Application Form [PDF]
- Application Guide [PDF]
- OBC District Tax Forms A and B [PDF]
- OBC Maryland Tax Forms A and B [PDF]
- OBC Virginia Tax Forms A and B [PDF]
NOTE: No Application for Mayoral Appointment to a board or commission will be reviewed until ALL documents have been submitted.
After You Have Submitted Your Application
Your application and your qualifications will be considered for the preference that you expressed on the application form. When it's time for the Mayor to make an appointment to the board, the OBC staff will provide the Mayor with candidates for recommendation based on qualifications and experience; geographic, ethnic, and gender composition; and statutory limitation of the current board. We also provide information on professional or personal experience related to the board's function. For some boards and commissions appointments, a background security check may be conducted.
Description sheets on each board or commission are compiled in our annual Boards and Commissions Profile. This directory is available for review by the public in the Office of Boards and Commissions. View our board list. If needed call the OBC at (202) 727-1372 for more information.
There may be some legal restrictions associated with most of the seats, which are described in the Boards & Commissions Profile. The fact sheet for each board will help you determine whether you are eligible for a particular position. In addition to specific seat restrictions, you must be registered to vote prior to the last general election.
District law requires that boards and commissions appointees comply with District financial disclosure laws. The description sheets identify which boards have this requirement by noting "Financial Disclosure" under the "duties" section. It is also a policy of the administration to require that potential nominees sign a waiver form allowing the OBC to verify compliance with District tax filing requirements.
Current statutes allow District employees to be designated appointees to boards and commissions, and District employees may also be appointed to serve as public citizens.