February 25, 2015

Ethics Attorney Opening at the Federal Trade Commission

If you are an attorney interested in helping federal employees serve with integrity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking for you! Year after year the FTC ranks in the top five places to work for mid-size federal agencies (see the rankings at http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/mid). We believe the agency’s strong ethical culture is a big reason our employees love working here. Don’t want to take our word for it? Hear from our employees yourself at our new careers page: http://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/careers-ftc/testimonials

Our Office of the General Counsel is seeking an attorney with federal ethics experience (or an express desire to practice law in this area). Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate excellent research, writing, and oral presentation skills. The FTC offers numerous benefits, including telework and other flexible work schedules. Details about this opening may be found at USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/395589000

Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 13, 2015.

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Rep. Schock announces internal spending review

 Cnn.com reports:  Rep. Aaron Schock's lavish tastes and penchant for Instagram collided Monday in a way that's bound to cause him more headaches after an already rough month for the Illinois Republican.

After sifting through flight records, travel expenses and location data on Schock's Instagram photos, The Associated Press reported Monday that Schock has spent taxpayer dollars to fly on private jets owned by some of his own political donors since mid-2011.

House ethics rules changed in January 2013 to allow members of Congress to fund private flights with taxpayer dollars as long as they pay for just their share of the cost. But Schock paid for private flights with his House account before that rule changed and it's not clear if Schock only paid for his portion of the flight after the rule change, according to The Associated Press investigation.

Schock billed taxpayers more than $24,000 for eight private flights in 2011 and 2012 on a plane owned by Schock donor Darren Frye. Frye donated $10,200 to Schock's reelection campaign and political action committee, GOP Generation Y Fund, in 2013 alone according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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February 24, 2015


The USDA Office of Ethics is seeking motivated and highly-qualified candidates for several exciting, full-time, GS-14 Senior Ethics Program Advisor positions in its Washington, DC office.

The Office of Ethics is responsible for providing ethics advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals interested in applying should visit the vacancy posting at USAJobs:


Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

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February 23, 2015

Next IEC Meeting: March 5

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was the first sitting Virginia governor to be prosecuted for ethics violations.  Matt Zapotosky and Rosalind Helderman closely covered this story for the Washington Post.  They will provide the facts and their insight of the case and of the case of the former Governor's wife at our March meeting.

Location: U.S. Access Board, Floor 8, 1331 F Street NW

Time: 12:15


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February 11, 2015

Job Opening: Attorney-Advisor - (1) GS 12/13 Permanent Full Time Employee; FEMA Ethics Program

This position will be in the FEMA Office of the Chief Counsel, Ethics. Work assignments will span the entire FEMA OCC ethics portfolio, including providing ethics advice, but will primarily focus on FEMA's financial disclosure program and coordinating responses to KPMG and Office of Government Ethics (OGE) oversight inquiries. Excellent legal and project management skills are required. Dedicated experience in ethics is strongly preferred but not required. Knowledge of government ethics laws, regulations, and related administrative and judicial decisions, and knowledge of the Hatch Act and related laws and regulations is desirable. Applicants should possess the following characteristics and competencies: integrity, judgment, organizational skills, communication skills, reliability, perseverance, decisiveness, initiative, professionalism, the ability to function independently and as part of a team, interpersonal relationship skills, and outstanding written and oral advocacy skills.

Interested applicants should provide a resume, writing sample (5 pages or less) and a brief narrative (2 pages or less) discussing the criteria above to david.whitman@fema.dhs.gov



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Three admirals censured in Navy corruption investigation

The Navy announced Tuesday it censured three admirals in connection with a fraud and bribery investigation that has already led to convictions of three other Navy officers.

Rear Admirals Michael Miller, Terry Kraft and David Pimpo were censured by the Secretary of the Navy on Tuesday after an investigation found that they "improperly accepted gifts from a prohibited source" from 2006 to 2007. All three officers have now submitted retirement requests.

The investigation also revealed that two of the officers had "improperly endorsed a commercial business" and one solicited "gifts and services" from an unauthorized source, according to a Navy press release. All are violations of U.S. Navy ethics regulations.

"All Navy officers, particularly our senior leadership in positions of unique trust and responsibility, must uphold and be held to the highest standards of personal and professional behavior," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a statement. "These three officers, whose actions were revealed during the GDMA investigation demonstrated poor judgment and a failure of leadership in prior tours."

The investigation revolves around a corruption case involving several Navy officers and defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia, referred to as GDMA in the investigation.

Three other Navy officers pled guilty to federal charges in the corruption case involving Glenn Defense Marine Asia and its head, Malaysian national Leonard Glenn Francis. A fourth Navy officer, Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the bribery case. The officers allegedly traded classified information in exchange for luxury travel and and hotel stays as well as prostitution services.

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OGE has announced an opening for an attorney in the agency’s General Counsel and Legal Policy Division, Ethics Law & Policy Branch. A vacancy announcement for the GS 11-13 level (Job Announcement Number 15-OGE-203-X) can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/394256600

No prior government ethics experience is required to respond to this announcement. A

vacancy announcement for the GS 13-15 level (Job Announcement Number 15-OGE-202-X) can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/394255800

Applicants responding to this announcement must have at least two years of experience practicing as a federal government ethics attorney.

Each vacancy will close when 100 applications are received or on February 25, 2015, whichever occurs first.

Interested individuals therefore should submit their applications as soon as possible. Please see the vacancy announcements for more details.

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February 10, 2015

What happened with the GSA in Vegas stymies federal workers

The Washington Post reports: When federal employees get together for training and meetings, fancy lunches aren’t on the menu anymore. In fact, food of any kind — tuna fish sandwiches, green salad, oatmeal cookies — can no longer be served by the government. Even coffee is off-limits.

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies say they can no longer travel to academic conferences to present their research.

And mental-health workers at military hospitals say they are in danger of losing their licenses because they can’t attend refresher courses.

Three years after the Obama administration clamped down on travel and training in response to the uproar over a Las Vegas conference where hundreds of federal workers partied for four days at taxpayer expense, the restrictions are taking an unanticipated toll. Employees at a wide range of agencies say the rules are gumming up the machinery of government.

While the government has not released data on how much agencies spent on travel and conferences before the crackdown, White House officials say the restrictions have saved close to $3 billion and ensured that taxpayers are not paying for more boondoggles.

But these officials are also acknowledging that agencies have become too rigid. Last month, the White House issued new instructions giving agencies more flexibility “to reduce burdens and streamline the process” for employees to travel and attend conferences, said Jamal Brown, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget. These changes include easing the spending caps on some “mission critical” travel and allowing employees to seek pre-approval for a list of conferences, rather than before each one.

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February 04, 2015

ICE Seeking Ethics Attorney

The ICE Ethics Office seeks to hire an experienced and motivated ethics attorney to join our team. The ICE Ethics Office provides advice, counsel and training to all ICE employees at every level of the organization. As a result, we enjoy a robust, challenging and fast-paced practice. The position is in Washington, DC. If you wish to join an outstanding team and challenging ethics practice – we encourage you to apply.

Please see application details here.

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Detail Opportunities at OVP

The Office of the Vice President is seeking to fill its Ethics Counsel detail position, beginning on April 1, 2015 for 6 months. This position is our sole ethics lawyer, so it’s a mission-essential detail. As should be clear from the following position summary, the sponsoring agency will benefit from the leadership experience and substantive legal knowledge that the prospective detailee will earn at OVP.

The Ethics Counsel detail in the Office of the Vice President – OVP’s only dedicated ethics attorney – provides comprehensive ethics support to the Vice President, Dr. Biden, and OVP staff. The Ethics Counsel, a position best filled by a senior ethics attorney, will manage the OVP ethics program on a day-to-day basis, handle issues that touch on nearly all aspects of federal ethics law, and provide mission-essential guidance to the Vice President, Dr. Biden, and OVP staff. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting and tracking all ethics training; administering OVP’s financial disclosure program; providing ethics counseling related to the Standards of Ethical Conduct; and counseling new employees on conflict of interest issues and departing employees on post-government employment restrictions. The Ethics Counsel will also be primarily responsible for interacting with the Office of Government Ethics on a range of issues, including preparing OVP’s annual ethics program review, responding to OGE inspections and other requests for information, coordinating ethics advice, and certifying financial disclosure reports. In addition, the Ethics Counsel helps support the office’s overall compliance efforts related to the Hatch Act, Senate Ethics Rules, the Presidential Records Act, appropriations law, and other laws and policies. This is a career-broadening opportunity for an ethics attorney to gain valuable experience managing an ethics program and handling a diverse range of ethics matters, experience that will benefit the attorney and the sponsoring agency.

Interested? Please contact ethics@ovp.eop.gov or call 202-456-1559.

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