January 13, 2017

New Minimal Value For Foreign Gifts

The new minimal value for purposes of the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act is now $390, in lieu of $375.  To read the memo from GSA, click here: GSA Bulletin FMR B-41 Foreign Gift_Decoration Minimal Value

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Issues: Gifts | Permalink

January 09, 2017

CDC Hiring An Ethics Specialist

The Ethics and Compliance Activity of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced an opening for an Ethics Specialist position. The vacancy announcement for this GS-13 position may be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/461898000 . The vacancy will be open from Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

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January 05, 2017

Republican Plan To Move Oversight Of Ethics Office Reversed

Public outcry and objections directly from president-elect Donald Trump has uprooted a Republican plan to rename and move the independent watchdog committee that oversees allegations of wrongdoing by House members back under the leadership of its own members.

To read more about the Office of Congressional Ethics, click here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/a-day-of-chaos-at-the-capitol-as-house-republicans-back-down-on-ethics-changes/2017/01/03/50e392ac-d1e6-11e6-9cb0-54ab630851e8_story.html?utm_term=.f343a95dbbd4

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January 03, 2017

FDA Hiring Ethics Specialists

Multiple Ethics Position Vacancies with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSES JANUARY 9, 2017

The announcement opened on Tuesday, December 26, 2016, and closes on Monday,  January 9, 2017.

Multiple vacancies for GS 11-12 Ethics Specialist Positions with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the following location:  1451 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852; Salary Range:  $64,650.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year; Series & Grade GS-0301-11/12 with promotion potential to GS-13.

As an Ethics Specialist, in FDA’s Division of Ethics and Integrity, you will perform the following duties:

  • Advising FDA employees on complex ethics laws and policies, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees in the Executive Branch, criminal conflict of interest laws, and the Hatch Act.
  • Reviewing financial disclosure reports that include sensitive and personal information about FDA employee's personal financial interests and non-Federal affiliations to ensure compliance with the conflict of interest law, the regulatory standards for appearance of conflict, and FDA specific policies prohibiting financial interests in significantly regulated industries.
  • Working collaboratively with Departmental legal counsel as well as other ethics officials and personnel throughout the agency.

To view the full job announcement and application procedures the links are as follows: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/455739200/

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Next IEC Meeting – January 5th, 2017

It’s A New World in Washington, Managing Government/Corporate Transition

Yes, Virginia, a new Administration takes office in January, and (like previous Administrations) it brings conflicts of interest and other ethics and compliance issues.  Join the joint meeting of the Interagency Ethics Council (Government agency ethics officials) and ACC (corporate attorneys) to address several of the major ethics issues arising during transitions: (1) personnel movement between government and private sector, and (2) working in a blended workforce of government and contractor personnel.  In addition, we will review the updated Executive Branch gift rules that became final on January 1.  The second half of the program is devoted to small group discussions on conflicts of interest, transition, event support, gifts, and current ethics issues.  Since this meeting will not be webcast, you must attend to benefit.  Bring your questions, meet your corporate and agency peers, and benchmark your procedures.  (1.0 hour of Virginia MCLE credit pending).

The meeting will be from 11:30am-2pm, and will take place at The Boeing Company located at :

929 Long Bridge Drive

Arlington, Virginia 22202


For more information and directions, see here: http://www.cvent.com/events/government-contractors-forum-with-the-interagency-ethics-council-it-s-a-new-world-in-washington-mana/event-summary-2d89ae8912b2450eae26d8ff6285e91c.aspx

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December 22, 2016

Former FWS Senior Employee Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements in Disclosure Forms

A former senior employee of the Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) pleaded guilty to making false statements in several disclosure forms to conceal approximately $300,000 of income that he received from an association that received grants and cooperative agreements from the FWS.

To read the full article, click here: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-fish-and-wildlife-service-employee-pleads-guilty-making-false-statements-disclosure

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Issues: Financial Disclosure, Issues: Outside Activities, News | Permalink

December 20, 2016

ATTENTION: IEC Website Migrating to Max.gov

The IEC website will be migrating to max.gov in the near future!  To test whether or not you can access the page, please click here: https://community.max.gov/x/rIL2P

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.

This current website will be available until January 2017.

If you have any problems, notify the IEC Website Manager, Alice Bartek-Santiago, at iecjournal123@yahoo.com

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Miscellaneous | Permalink

December 16, 2016

DOJ Hiring Ethics Deputy Director/Supervisory Attorney

The Department of Justice is advertising for a Deputy Director/Supervisory Attorney in the Departmental Ethics Office.  The deadline for applications, which has been extended from the original announcement, is 11:59 p.m., December 17, 2016. The link to the advertisement is: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/deputy-director-ethics-office.

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December 15, 2016

NIH Hiring An Ethics Specialist

The National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health has announced an opening for an Ethics Specialist position. The vacancy announcement for this GS-11/12/13 position may be found at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/459710200/.

The vacancy will be open from Friday, December 16, 2016 to Tuesday, December 20, 2016.  

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December 09, 2016

FDA Hiring Ethics Management Specialist

There is an opening for an Ethics Management Specialist within the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration.  The vacancy closes on Friday, December 9. 

For more information, click here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/458292300

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Help Wanted | Permalink