September 12, 2014
IEC Meeting: October 2; Mr. Rodney Grandon, Air Force Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility
Please join us for the next IEC meeting on October 2, featuring speaker Rodney Grandon.
Mr. Grandon is the Air Force's Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility, and he serves as the Air Force's Suspending and Debarring Official. His comments will provide an overview of contractor responsibility, as structured by Subpart 9.4 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Starting with the notion that the US Government does business only with responsible contractors, the discussion will explore what the Air Force, as a customer, expects from its contractors in terms of performance, compliance, and ethics. The discussion also will address steps taken by industry to promote "best practices" in the areas of compliance and ethics, with a focus on how the defense industry has embraced values-based ethics as a "best practice." Notwithstanding the best compliance and ethics programs, contractors will continue to experience misconduct within their organizations. The discussion will explore the need for suspension and debarment when contractor misconduct is identified, focusing on the tools and the steps necessary to determine whether there is a need to protect the government from non-responsible contractors through suspension and debarment.
The meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8, at 12:15. See you there!
Supervisory Ethics Specialist Opening at NIH
The Office of the Director, NIH Ethics Office (NEO) is looking for someone to join their team as a Supervisory Ethics Specialist. The broad mission of the NEO is to oversee and provide strategic direction of NIH activities relating to ethics policy, oversight, and operational activities of the 27 Institutes and Centers. For more information, please visit this link.
September 04, 2014
Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell Found Guilty of 11 Corruption Counts
The Washington Post reports: A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans.
After three days of deliberations, the seven men and five women who heard weeks of gripping testimony about the McDonnells’ alleged misdeeds acquitted the couple of several charges pending against them--but nevertheless found that they lent the prestige of the governor’s office to Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in a nefarious exchange for his largesse.
The verdict means that Robert McDonnell, who was already the first governor in Virginia history to be charged with a crime, holds an even more unwanted distinction: the first ever to be convicted of one. He and his wife face decades in federal prison. Sentencing is set for January 6.
September 03, 2014
Reminder: No IEC Meeting in September
Just a reminder: there will NOT be an IEC meeting in September due to the Office of Government Ethics' Summit. We will resume our regular meeting schedule in October.
August 27, 2014
Conflicts Case to Note
IEC was notified by one of our subscribers about a case to watch:
Lorillard v. U.S. FDA, 2014 WL 3585883 (D.D.C.).
It covers FACA, Conflicts of Interest, SGEs; the court strongly disagreed with the DAEO’s determination that no conflict of interest existed (Court found a direct and predictable effect existed where the DAEO did not).
Thank you for the contribution!
Ethics Program Assistant Vacancy at the U.S. Geological Survey
The Ethics Office at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, VA has a vacancy for an Ethics Program Assistant, GS-303-6/7 (PERM-MP-CLR). The announcement number on USAJobs is ATL-2014-0866. The application deadline is September 4, 2014.
Who may apply? Current/former Federal employees with competitive status or who are eligible under a special or non-competitive appointing authority, as well as veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service.
Here is the link for more information:
August 25, 2014
Attorney/Advisor Position in the Judiciary's Financial Disclosure Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Longing to return to the judicial branch? or Wondered how financial disclosure is handled in the judicial branch? Are you a strong writer? The Financial Disclosure Office of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts just announced an attorney-advisor vacancy. The primary duties of the position will be to assist the Judicial Conference Committee on Financial Disclosure, whose members are federal judges, with the program management and operational support for the implementation throughout the judiciary of the financial disclosure provisions of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Join two other attorneys (one is the Chief) and 7+ staff for a non-supervisory position in a friendly working environment; in an office conveniently located next to Union Station.
The announcement is open now and closes on 9/19/2014, but first review of applications will occur on 9/5/2014. Don't delay!
Find the announcement on USAJOBS.GOV at this address:
August 19, 2014
Obama Administration Loosens Ban on Lobbyists in Government
The New York Times reports: The Obama administration on Tuesday rolled back part of its ban on lobbyists serving in government, narrowing one of the president’s signature policies in the face of a legal challenge.
Under a new rule, registered lobbyists whom Mr. Obama had previously barred from serving on government advisory boards may now participate if they are representing companies or groups and not acting on their own behalf.
The change was published in the Federal Register and took effect immediately, the administration said. It comes after the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the Obama administration’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit by six lobbyists who challenged the ban’s constitutionality after being excluded from a trade advisory committee. The lobbyists said their First Amendment rights to petition the government had been violated.
The Federal Register notice may be found here.
August 15, 2014
Prosecution Rests in Former VA Governor McDonnell Trial
The Washington Post reports:
The prosecution rested its federal corruption case against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on Thursday with a final dramatic display of luxury goods the couple accepted from the onetime chief executive of a dietary supplement company.
An FBI agent testified that he had tallied the majority of gifts and loans provided to the couple by Jonnie R. Williams Sr. over two years and found that their value reached more than $177,000.
Special Agent David Hulser then stood in the witness box and, one by one, held aloft for jurors the dresses, shoes, golf shirts and more — all purchased by Williams for the couple who until January had occupied the governor’s mansion.
Over three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses, prosecutors tried to convince jurors that the McDonnells conspired to lend the prestige of the governor’s office to the wheeling-and-dealing nutritional supplement executive.
Jurors have yet to hear from the defense, which on Monday will begin pressing a strong counterpoint: The governor’s alleged official help got Williams nowhere and — they say — he was promised nothing. His product, never studied at state universities as he sought nor introduced in the state health plan as he desired, was pulled from the shelves this week.
August 13, 2014
Reminder: No IEC Meeting in September
For everyone's planning purposes, there will NOT be an IEC meeting in September due to the Office of Government Ethics' Summit. We will resume our regular meeting schedule in October.