April 15, 2015

OGE Issues Legal Advisory on the Standards of Conduct and Social Media

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued a Legal Advisory discussing how the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Executive Branch Employees apply to employees’ personal social media activities. The Legal Advisory focuses on common issues such as whether an employee can reference his or her title on a personal social media account, and what rules apply to personal fundraising over social media.

The Legal Advisory LA-15-03, dated April 9, 2015, may be found here.

 

 

 

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April 10, 2015

Reminder!!! April 20 IEC Meeting at USDA

On April 20, which is a Monday, Matt Zapotoski from the Washington Post will speak about former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's trial.

PLEASE NOTE!! The April 20 meeting will be held in the Jefferson Auditorium at USDA. Directions may be found here Download Directions to Jefferson Auditorium

The meeting will be at 12:15. Unfortunately no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium so plan accordingly.

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April 09, 2015

OGE Issues Guidance on "Free Attendance" at Speaking Engagements and WAGs

The guidance may be found here.

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March 31, 2015

Deputy Ethics Counselor Opening at Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The job listing may be found here.

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Reminder: April 2 Meeting and Updated Presentation Slides

The next regular IEC meeting will be held on April 2 at the U.S. Access Board. Sean Croston, Senior Attorney, Legal Division, Federal Reserve Board, will discuss nepotism in the federal workplace. His UPDATED presentation slides may be found here Download Croston IEC Nepotism final slides

 

This meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Floor 8 at 12:15.

 

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March 18, 2015

House Representative Aaron Schock resigns in wake of ethics investigation

CNN reports

Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock announced Tuesday he would resign his seat at the end of the month, in the wake of a congressional ethics investigation into reports that he used taxpayer money to fund lavish trips and events. In a statement, he said he was stepping down "with a heavy heart," having given his constituents "my all over the last six years." "But the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself," he added.

Politico first reported on Tuesday afternoon that Schock would step down. The news marks the end of an embarrassing chapter for the former GOP rising star known for his Instagram account and a memorable shirtless appearance in a feature in Men's Health magazine.

Republicans close to Schock have said the biggest questions about his finances involve mileage reimbursements from a car paid by for by his campaign account. A Schock spokesman said Tuesday that the congressman had paid the government back for all of his official mileage, but the exact amount was unclear. "In an effort to remove any questions, and out of an abundance of caution, Congressman Schock has reimbursed all monies received for official mileage since his election to Congress," the spokesman said.

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March 11, 2015

IEC Meeting: April 2

 

The next regular IEC meeting will be held on April 2 at the U.S. Access Board.  Sean Croston, Senior Attorney, Legal Division, Federal Reserve Board, will discuss nepotism in the federal workplace.  His presentation slides may be found here Download Croston IEC Nepotism slides large

This regular meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Floor 8 at 12:15.

See you there!

 

Just a reminder- the canceled March IEC meeting has been re-scheduled for 12:15, Monday, April 20 at the USDA Jefferson Auditorium.  A reporter from the Washington Post will discuss the McDonnell trial. 

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March 10, 2015

Job Opening: U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics

The United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics seeks a non-partisan, attorney for the position of staff counsel. The staff counsel’s responsibilities will include reviewing and providing guidance to Senate Members and staff on a high volume of financial disclosure reports, as well as providing advice and training regarding Ethics rules and laws. This is a non-partisan position which requires the ability to serve the entire Senate community equally and refrain from political or partisan activity. Applicants must possess outstanding written and oral communication skills and analytical abilities as well as the sound judgment necessary to evaluate matters that arise before the Committee. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: government ethics, ethics counseling, finance, accounting, securities law, and criminal law. Send resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (no longer than 15 pages) to mailbox_office@ethics.senate.gov

 

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March IEC Meeting re-schedule for April 20!!!

Due to the snow day March 5, we needed to re-schedule our IEC meeting and speaker. 

On April 20, which is a Monday, Matt Zapotoski from the Washington Post will speak about former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's trial. 

PLEASE NOTE!!  The April 20 meeting will be held in the Jefferson Auditorium at USDA.  Directions may be found here Download Directions to Jefferson Auditorium

The meeting will be at 12:15.   Unfortunately no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium so plan accordingly. 

 

There will also be a meeting on April 2- details to follow.

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Opening: Philadelphia Board of Ethics

Please see the job announcement here:  Download Bd of Ethics Associate GC position description 2 25 15

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