October 28, 2014
OSC Files Complaint for Disciplinary Action in Hatch Act Case
October 20, 2014
DEPUTY DIRECTOR VACANCY AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The USDA Office of Ethics is seeking a motivated and highly-qualified candidate for an exciting, full-time, GS-15 position as Deputy Director 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 Friday, November 7, 2014.
October 07, 2014
Ethics Positions Open at USDA
There are two vacancies at the USDA Office of the General Counsel. They may be found at USAJobs here
October 01, 2014
Attorney Opening at Departmental Ethics Office, U.S. Department of Justice
The Departmental Ethics Office, U.S. Department of Justice, has posted an Attorney opening, closing October 22. The position is a GS 13/14 with promotion potential to GS-15. The job description and details may be found here.
Ex-GSA Executive Jeff Neely Indicted for Fraud
Jeff Neely, the General Services Administration executive viewed as the ringleader of the lavish spending on a 2010 training conference in Las Vegas, was indicted on five counts of fraud on Thursday by a federal grand jury in San Francisco.
The 59-year-old former head of region nine of the Public Building Service faces charges of making fraudulent reimbursement claims and false statements, according to an announcement from United States Attorney Melinda Haag of Northern California and GSA Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge David House.
Neely is “alleged to have fraudulently sought reimbursement for personal travel and expenses—incurred in Las Vegas, Nev.; Long Beach, Calif.; Guam; and Saipan—by submitting false and fraudulent claims to the United States,” the announcement said. “The indictment further alleges that, when GSA employees questioned him about these expenses, Neely falsely represented that the costs were incurred for official government business.”
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000 for each violation.
Slides for Thursday IEC Meeting
Find the presentation slides for Thursday's meeting here: Download Interagency Ethics Council (Oct 2014)
September 26, 2014
DOD- Paralegal Specialist Opening
The Department of Defense Defense Legal Services Agency has a Paralegal Specialist opening, closing on October 7. See the USAJobs link here
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.