November 22, 2016

Next IEC Meeting - December 1

Perhaps the most timely IEC meeting ever?! Just twelve days after OGE published the final rule implementing changes to the gifts regulations, you are invited…

The December 1st IEC meeting will be an interactive presentation entitled, “Gifts in a time of TRANSITIONS.” The discussion will be led by two members of the USDA’s Office of Ethics, Cheryl Embree and Andrew Tobin. They will provide you with a refresher on the gift rules by discussing hypothetical scenarios presented during the imminent presidential transition. They will also briefly highlight the recent changes to Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern gifts from outside sources, particularly the changes impacting the day-to-day lives of ethics practitioners.

We will meet as usual at the U.S. Access Board, 8th floor, 1331 F Street, NW, at 12:15pm.  

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November 15, 2016

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Hiring Assistant General Counsel

Like financial disclosure?  Intrigued by the opportunity to work closely with federal judges?  The Assistant General Counsel, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, vacancy announcement opened November 10th and will close when filled.  The incumbent leads the office that collects, reviews, redacts and releases the financial disclosure reports for the judiciary.  The incumbent also is the Counsel to the Judicial Conference committee of judges that sets the policy and oversees the administration of the financial disclosure program.  Approximately 1900 judges file reports, not to mention the court employees, so there is a continual flow of questions and issues.  The announcement is available on the USAJobs website at

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NIDCD Hiring Ethics Coordinator

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is seeking to fill its Ethics Coordinator position.  For more details on duties and how to apply go to

THIS CLOSES November 18, 2016

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November 09, 2016

DHS Hiring A Supervisory Ethics Attorney Advisor

The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently seeking applications for a Supervisory Attorney Advisor position in its Ethics Division.
Who May Apply: This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used to fill multiple positions.
DUTY STATION: Montgomery County, MD or Washington, DC
SALARY RANGE: $128,082 - $160,300
OPEN PERIOD: 11/8/2016 – 11/30/2016 (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

For a job description and a summary of qualifications, please Download Vacancy Announcement - Supv. General Attorney (Ethics November 2016).

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November 03, 2016

HHS Hiring An Ethics Specialist

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ethics Specialist GS-0301-12/13 CLOSES November 10, 2016



HRSA Ethics Specialist Duties:

Assist in developing and recommending policies and procedures related to multiple complex ethics topics for all of HRSA. Specifically:

  • Review, certify, clear and approve financial disclosure reports, requests for outside activity, gift acceptance, co-sponsorship agreements, etc.;
  • Develop, conduct and evaluate ethics training sessions;
  • Develop and publish briefings on various ethics related topics;
  • Serving as the liaison to the HHS Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Government Ethics, and the HHS Secretary's advisory committees.

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November 02, 2016

Food And Drug Administration Hiring An Ethics Deputy Director

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Silver Spring, MD

Posting open from November 1-14, 2016.

  • Salary Range
    $128,082.00 to $160,300.00 / Per Year
  • Series & Grade
  • Promotion Potential
  • Supervisory Status

For more information, see the posting here.

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ATTENTION: IEC Website Migrating to

The IEC website will be migrating to in the near future!  To test whether or not you can access the page, please click here:

Once you arrive at the site, click on "Watchers" in the top right area of your screen, and select "Watch This Page Family."  This will allow you receive updates whenever a new post is added to the site.

If you have any problems, notify the IEC Website Manager, Alice Bartek-Santiago, at

See you at today's meeting.

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October 24, 2016

Next IEC Meeting: November 3

State Bar and Post Employment Rules: A Guide for Federal Ethics Officials

At our November 3rd IEC meeting, Stuart Bender, the Designated Agency Ethics Official for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Director of USDA’s Office of Ethics, will present an interactive presentation on what you need to know about State Bar rules to advise Federal attorneys seeking to leave Federal Service for law firms or the corporate business world.  Stuart will provide you with useful tools on how to advise attorneys on the intersection of two important sets of rules: the Federal post-employment restrictions contained in 18 USC 207 and State Bar requirements governing attorney confidentiality. For those ethics attorneys seeking State Bar CLE credit, depending upon the requirements of your State, the materials covered in this presentation may satisfy one-hour of legal ethics training.  Please check with your own State Bar beforehand to bring any materials you need signed to the IEC meeting.   

We will meet as usual at the U.S. Access Board, 8th floor, 1331 F Street, NW, at 12:15pm.

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USPS Hiring Ethics Attorney

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has a challenging and exciting employment opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced attorney.  The successful applicant will provide ethics advice and counseling to postal officials at all levels of the organization, provide ethics-based training to new and current employees, assist in coordinating the financial disclosure reporting programs, and serve as an ethics liaison to USPS area law offices.  Occasional travel may be required.

Come work in an energetic, lively, and collegial atmosphere on a wide range of complex, fast-paced, challenging matters.  Individuals interested in applying should visit the vacancy posting at USAJobs:

This vacancy is open through November 2, 2016.

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September 28, 2016

Next IEC Meeting - October 6

Have you ever wondered just what Congress was thinking when they came up with 18 U.S.C. 203 and 205?

Has some high level official ever questioned your explanation of these statutes saying "Congress couldn't possibly have meant that."

Have you ever wondered, after having dealt with these statutes, just why you got into/stayed in ethics work?

These and other related questions shall be answered in our October 6 session by Ray Sheehan, former DAEO at USDA and self-proclaimed "guardian of the ethics history."  [Actually, he never proclaimed that.  IEC made it up].  But we will be discussing the long-lost backstories behind these statutes.  What factors forced Congress to act?  Who were the famous players?  What were the major national issues surrounding the scandals/legislation?

Provided the government is open, we will meet as usual at the U.S. Access Board, 8th floor, 1331 F Street, NW, at 12:15pm.

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