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!

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Legal Ethics | Permalink

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:

 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/378153100

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Help Wanted | Permalink

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:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/376787600

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Help Wanted | Permalink

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.

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Miscellaneous | Permalink

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.

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Issues: Gifts, Issues: Misuse of Position | Permalink

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.  

Posted by IEC Team Leader in IEC Meetings | Permalink

August 08, 2014

Vacancy at Department of the Interior

The following vacancy announcement SOL-2014-0027 is posted at:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/377568200

Job Title:  Attorney - Advisor, GS-0905-14/15, KD-Exc Svc

Department:Department Of The Interior Agency:  Office of the Solicitor Job Announcement

Number:SOL-2014-0027

SALARY RANGE: $105,211.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, August 7, 2014 to Thursday, August 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE: GS-0905-14/15 POSITION INFORMATION: Excepted Appointment Permanent Position - Full-Time PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 15 DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map 

WHO MAY APPLY: United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Public Trust - Background Investigation SUPERVISORY STATUS: No

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Help Wanted | Permalink

August 07, 2014

Washington Post lists the Gifts Given to Former VA Gov. McDonnell and Spouse

A full list may be seen here.

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Issues: Gifts | Permalink

August 05, 2014

Presentation Slides for August 7 IEC Meeting

You may find the slides for the August 7 IEC meeting here:  Download Outside Professional Associations PowerPoint (August 2014) (August 1 2014) FINAL

Thanks Stuart!

Posted by IEC Team Leader in IEC Meetings | Permalink

August 01, 2014

Gift of Rolex Watch Focus on 4th Day of McDonnell Trial

The Wasington Post reports:  Prosecutors on Thursday unveiled what could be a critical new piece of evidence in their case against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen: a photograph of the governor, grinning and holding up his wrist to display a watch.

Testifying during the McDonnells’ federal corruption trial, businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. said he received the photo by text message in December 2012 in response to one he sent the governor. The watch on McDonnell’s wrist appeared to be the Rolex that Williams had purchased for the governor at the first lady’s request a year earlier.

The picture could shatter any assertion that the governor was unaware that Williams — who was then the chief executive of a dietary-supplement company — had provided the expensive timepiece. McDonnell (R) has previously said the watch was a Christmas gift from his wife.

Many of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Dry’s questions for Williams appeared designed to prove that Robert McDonnell was in the loop about what the businessman wanted from the first couple — and was aware of many of the gifts Williams gave them to curry favor.

Posted by IEC Team Leader in Issues: Gifts | Permalink