June 29, 2015

Two Job Announcements from OGE

15-OGE-215-X

http://usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/408345900

 

15-OGE-216

 http://usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/408344600

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June 23, 2015

Reminder!!! Next IEC Meeting June 29 at USDA Jefferson Auditorium

The next IEC meeting will be held at 12:15 on June 29 at the USDA Jefferson Auditorium. Due to conflicts, there will NOT be a meeting June 4.

Directions to the Jefferson Auditorium may be found here  Download Directions to Jefferson Auditorium   Visitors will need to enter Wing 3 (not Wing 4) on Independence Avenue, SW. This will be a shorter walk from the Metro. Then visitors will proceed to the Jefferson Auditorium. 

Speaker/Presentation details: Trends & Best Practices in Private Sector Ethics & Compliance Programs - Presented by GWU Law School Dean Jessica Tillipman

Over the past decade, the anti-corruption, ethics and compliance landscape in the private sector has changed dramatically. This is a direct consequence of a robust anti-corruption enforcement effort by the United States and other countries. The increase in anti-corruption enforcement has had a profound impact on large, multinational corporations. Many of these companies have responded to this increase in enforcement by investing heavily in sophisticated ethics and compliance programs designed to prevent or reduce liability for anti-corruption violations. This presentation will focus on trends and best practices in private sector ethics and compliance programs and the impact they have had on corporate culture and behavior.

Jessica Tillipman is the Assistant Dean for Field Placement and Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. In addition to managing the law school's externship program, she teaches a Government Contracts Anti-Corruption & Compliance Seminar that focuses on anti-corruption, ethics and compliance issues in government procurement. She also advises companies on anti-corruption compliance issues.

Prior to joining GW Law, Dean Tillipman was an associate in Jenner & Block's Washington, DC office, where she was member of the firm's Government Contracts and White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling practice groups. Dean Tillipman is a Senior Editor of the "The FCPA Blog"-a leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act resource on the internet. She has also published numerous articles on various topics, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, suspension and debarment, and government ethics. Dean Tillipman graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, OH and obtained her JD, with honors, from George Washington University Law School.

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June 19, 2015

Hatch Act Update from OSC

See the latest press release from OSC here

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June 10, 2015

Previously Concealed Misconduct Will Soon Become Public for Some Feds

Govexec.com reports:  Some federal employees’ dirty laundry will soon be aired to the public, under a new policy instituted by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

The IG’s office notified members of Congress last week it would make public summary reports of misconduct by Justice senior management -- meaning employees at the General Schedule 15 level, Senior Executive Service members and higher ranking officials -- and other investigations of “significant public interest.” Previously, such investigations would remain hidden from public view unless the department decided to prosecute the officials and a federal court released the records.

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June 09, 2015

July 2 IEC Meeting

Leigh Francis and Rachel Dowell from OGE’s Ethics Law and Policy Branch will discuss the elements of 18 U.S.C. § 205(a)(2) and provide specific examples to help ethics officials understand the nuances of the prohibition. Susan Heller of DHS and Paul Conrad of FEMA will then share programmatic issues they’ve encountered when implementing and advising on this statute.

The July 2 meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8 at 12:15.

 

Remember!!!!  The June IEC Meeting will be held June 29 at the USDA Jefferson Auditorium. 

The presentation will be:  Trends & Best Practices in Private Sector Ethics & Compliance Programs - Presented by GWU Law School Dean Jessica Tillipman.

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June 08, 2015

Weather Service Paid Retired Exec Half a Million to Consult

Govexec.com reports:  In a maneuver some would call “writing your own ticket,” a top National Weather Service executive announced his retirement and then set himself up to perform the same work as a consultant, raising his pay by $43,000, according to the Commerce Department inspector general. Before his contract was terminated in 2012, the official also collected a $50,000 housing allowance and allegedly pressed for the agency to hire a relative, according to a summary of the investigation. The total cost to the government: $471,875.34.

Citing a “possible violation of criminal law,” the inspector general is seeking the suspension and debarment of the official from any future contracting work. And “because the evidence indicates an apparent lack of understanding about applicable laws and regulations on the part of multiple agency officials beyond senior official himself – the OIG is also taking steps to ascertain whether this matter is indicative of more systemic ‘revolving door’ contracting problems within” the Weather Service’s parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the report summary said.

“Although [the] senior official denied acting inappropriately in seeking employment for his family member, we found that the overwhelming weight of evidence, including his own emails and consistent and credible testimony from other witnesses, contradicted [the] senior official’s version of events,” the IG wrote.

Together the actions involved potential violations of “numerous federal laws and regulations, including the criminal conflict-of-interest statute found in 18 U.S.C. § 208” and bribery laws, the summary said. Though the IG referred the matter for prosecution, prosecutors declined to pursue charges.

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June 02, 2015

Washington Post reports: EPA managers let workers get away with timesheet fraud, watching porn at work

The Washington Post reports:

The Environmental Protection Agency is creating a festering “culture of complacency” by dragging its feet on action against employee misconduct, the agency’s watchdog found, leaving the public to wonder if one of the most mission-driven areas of government is running smoothly.

Employees watching porn on government computers, a senior executive who looked the other way while an employee faked his time sheet, another senior employee who took another paying job while on the federal clock — these are some of the examples Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. cited last week in a report on the six management challenges facing the EPA this fiscal year.

They range from managing chemical risks to improving oversight of states, which work with the federal government to implement environmental policies. The challenges serve as a roadmap for senior leaders. While the IG reported some progress on each after they all made last year’s list, they’ve stayed “due to persistent issues,” investigators wrote.

In the realm of fraud and abuse, the IG cited a need for better management oversight and “prompt action” against employees found to be guilty of misconduct.

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May 29, 2015

ETHICS/GRANTS ATTORNEY POSITION AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (Seattle, WA)

The Office of Regional Counsel for EPA’s Pacific Northwest Region (Region 10) is looking for a motivated and highly-qualified candidate for an exciting, full-time attorney position at the GS-12 or GS-13 level. If you have one or more years of legal experience working as a federal attorney on federal grants programs and federal ethics issues, then please consider applying. This Office employs approximately 35 attorneys in the Seattle office whose work spans environmental law issues in the geographic regions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, including over 270 Native Tribal governments.

All applications should be submitted by email to: R10_ORC_Hiring@epa.gov no later than June 8, 2015.

Please submit the following: · Cover letter “Hiring Coordinator” explaining your interest in the position. · Resume, including significant accomplishments, work experience, contact telephone numbers, and e-mail address. · Official or unofficial transcript of law school grades and documentation of graduation from an ABA accredited law school. · Name, address and telephone numbers of three references, including a current or former employer. · Documentation of active bar membership and license to practice law in any State, U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia (a copy of your bar card or a link to a webpage is sufficient at this time). · If you are a veteran, appropriate documentation such as DD214 (copy 4), your VA letter, or Standard Form 15 (disabled veteran).

Applications should include "Attorney Application-Grants/Ethics" in the subject line of the message. Documents may be attached in Word or PDF formats. Selected applicants will be invited for interview(s). A writing sample and official transcript will be required of each selected candidate prior to the interview. For any questions, please send an email to R10_ORC_Hiring@epa.gov with “Inquiry: Grants/Ethics Attorney Position” in the subject line of the email. Relocation costs will not be provided.

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May 26, 2015

Next IEC Meeting: JUNE 29 at USDA

The next IEC meeting will be held at 12:15 on June 29 at the USDA Jefferson Auditorium.  Due to conflicts, there will NOT be a meeting June 4.

Directions to the Jefferson Auditorium may be found here Download Directions to Jefferson Auditorium

Speaker/Presentation details:

Trends & Best Practices in Private Sector Ethics & Compliance Programs - Presented by GWU Law School Dean Jessica Tillipman

Over the past decade, the anti-corruption, ethics and compliance landscape in the private sector has changed dramatically. This is a direct consequence of a robust anti-corruption enforcement effort by the United States and other countries. The increase in anti-corruption enforcement has had a profound impact on large, multinational corporations. Many of these companies have responded to this increase in enforcement by investing heavily in sophisticated ethics and compliance programs designed to prevent or reduce liability for anti-corruption violations. This presentation will focus on trends and best practices in private sector ethics and compliance programs and the impact they have had on corporate culture and behavior.

Jessica Tillipman is the Assistant Dean for Field Placement and Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School. In addition to managing the law school's externship program, she teaches a Government Contracts Anti-Corruption & Compliance Seminar that focuses on anti-corruption, ethics and compliance issues in government procurement. She also advises companies on anti-corruption compliance issues. Prior to joining GW Law, Dean Tillipman was an associate in Jenner & Block's Washington, DC office, where she was member of the firm's Government Contracts and White Collar Criminal Defense and Counseling practice groups. Dean Tillipman is a Senior Editor of the "The FCPA Blog"-a leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act resource on the internet. She has also published numerous articles on various topics, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, suspension and debarment, and government ethics. Dean Tillipman graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, OH and obtained her JD, with honors, from George Washington University Law School.

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May 12, 2015

Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Ex-Gov. McDonnell's Case

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's fate is in the hands of three federal appeals court judges. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in McDonnell's public corruption case Tuesday. The court usually takes a few weeks to rule.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. The former governor was sentenced to two years in prison, his wife to one year and one day.

Tuesday's arguments focused on two major issues - whether McDonnell was convicted based on an overly broad definition of what constitutes an "official act'' and whether jurors were properly questioned about whether they were influenced by news reports about the case.

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