July 15, 2014
Job Openings at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics
Please see the following descriptions for open positions at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics: Download Director of Advice and Education
If you have any questions, contact John Szabo at John.Szabo@mail.house.gov or call him at 202-225-0925.
Article: How to Build a Strong Ethical Culture at Your Agency
Government Executive online posted the following article on building an ethical culture at an agency
July 07, 2014
Reminder July 11 IEC Meeting and Presentation Slides
A reminder that the next IEC meeting will be held Friday, July 11 at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW at 12:15. The presentation slides are attached: Download Promotion of Outside Interests at Work final
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-13 Ethics Program Advisor position 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 Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
Attorney Openings at ODNI
The following announcment for two attorney openings at ODNI may be found here: Download VA PE886 - ODNI-OGC Vacancy
June 25, 2014
Opening at Boeing- Director, Ethics Government Operations
Find details here
June 24, 2014
McDonnell prosecutors allege undisclosed gifts from people other than Williams
The Washington Post reports:
Federal prosecutors have alleged that former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his family accepted an expensive island vacation from a Henrico hotelier with University of Virginia ties and intentionally omitted the gift on his annual state disclosure forms, according to new court filings. The May 2012 trip — a $23,000 getaway to Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, paid for by U-Va. Board of Visitors Vice Rector William H. Goodwin Jr. — does not seem to have any direct connection to Jonnie R. Williams Sr., another Richmond-area businessman, whose relationship with McDonnell and his wife is at the heart of the federal corruption case against the couple.
But prosecutors argued in a court filing made public recently that the vacation was just one example of undisclosed gifts given to the McDonnells by people other than Williams. They said those gifts are “intrinsic” to the case and might be used to convince jurors that McDonnell’s alleged crimes were no innocent mistake.
McDonnell and his lawyers have contended that the former governor followed state disclosure laws, which they say are vague and open to interpretation. They argue that evidence of undisclosed gifts that don’t involve Williams shouldn’t be allowed at trial, saying those gifts are irrelevant to the government’s allegation that McDonnell illegally agreed to trade state favors for Williams’s largesse.
Legal experts said the judge’s decision could be a turning point in the case, because of the potent effect of testimony suggesting that the McDonnells were collecting gifts and luxury vacations while in office.
June 23, 2014
Ethics panel: Alaska Rep. Don Young misused funds
Longtime Alaska Rep. Don Young improperly used campaign funds for personal use, accepted “impermissible” gifts and failed to report those gifts, the House Ethics Committee announced Friday. Young, a Republican, has to repay nearly $60,000 to his campaign, and donors, the Ethics Committee said. He has also been reproved by the committee.
The Ethics Committee said that Young, who has represented Alaska in the House since 1973, accepted improper “gifts and expenses related to” 15 hunting trips. The trips occurred between 2001 and 2013, the Ethics Committee said.
Eight trips that Young took were improperly paid for, or were paid for by his campaign improperly. Young also did not disclose any of these gifts on his financial disclosure. There are relatively stringent rules dictating gifts members of Congress can receive, and how a member of Congress can use his campaign funds. Members of Congress cannot accept gifts from entities that employ lobbyists, and can only accept gifts that are worth less than $50. All gifts must be disclosed. Members of Congress cannot use campaign money for their own use.
June 20, 2014
Ethics Program Specialist Openings at U.S. Dpt. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, is seeking two candidates for a challenging and dynamic, full-time, GS-9/13 Ethics Program Specialists in its Bethesda, MD office. The successful candidate(s) will serve as a primary advisor to the Deputy Ethics Counselor, and other staff on all ethical issues related to fostering adherence to ethical standards of conduct by employees and the prevention or resolution of conflicts of interest.
Please find the links to the two announcements below:
June 17, 2014
Next IEC Meeting: Friday, July 11
The next IEC meeting will be held on FRIDAY, July 11 due to the July 4 holiday the week before.
Sean Croston, Senior Attorney at the Federal Reserve Board, and Jeremy Suttenberg, Ethics Attorney at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will do a presentation titled, "Restrictions on the Promotion of Outside Personal Interests in the Federal Workplace."
Agency ethics officials occasionally face staff questions about the permissibility of promoting various outside personal interests at work, like:
Soliciting donations for favored charities or personal events; Supporting political ideas/groups; Endorsing professional organizations; Posting personal classified ads in federal buildings; Advertising for nearby commercial vendors or entertainment options; Selling items in federal buildings.
The presentation will cover some colorful (but non-agency-specific) examples from our personal experience and review the miscellaneous hodgepodge of applicable laws and regulations governing the promotion of outside interests at work, such as:
OPM rule on charitable solicitation (5 CFR Part 950/EO 12353); OGE rule on fundraising (5 CFR 2635.808); OGE rules on soliciting/accepting gifts within the agency (5 CFR 2635.302); Hatch Act restrictions on political activities/solicitations (5 USC 7321-7326); Anti-lobbying statutes (18 USC 1913; annual appropriations riders); GSA rules on gambling, solicitation, vending, and advertising (41 CFR Part 102-74); Appropriations rules re: commercial advertising (GAO rulings); Congressional rules on using gov't $ to print advertisements; Fair Housing Act restrictions on discriminatory housing advertisements (42 USC 3604(c)); OGE rules on misuse of public office (5 CFR 2635.701-705); OGE's general appearance of impropriety rule (5 CFR 2635.101(b)(14)); Agency-specific rules and policies
**** The meeting will be held on Friday, JULY 11, at 12:15, 1331 F Street NW, U.S. Access Board, Floor 8.**** See you there!