July 31, 2014
ETHICS SPECIALIST (GS-0301-11/13) VACANCY AT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENTAL ETHICS OFFICE
The subject Ethics Specialist position is located with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Ethics Division, Financial Disclosure Section, in Washington, D.C.
The OGC Ethics Division is currently conducting a search to fill this position. The two vacancy announcements, links provided below, are open through Wednesday, August 12, 2014, or the first 150 applicants (whichever comes first).
To view the vacancy announcements for this position, visit the following two links:
July 28, 2014
Trial for Former VA Governor McDonnell Begins
The Washington Post reports:
In their much-anticipated federal corruption trial set to begin Monday, former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will seek to win acquittal on multiple charges and restore their honor in the eyes of the law. But over the course of the trial in a Richmond courtroom, expected to last five weeks, the McDonnells also will submit themselves to a potentially humiliating spectacle that will showcase an intimate view of their frayed marriage and odd personal relationships.
“It’s going to be ugly,” said L. Douglas Wilder, another former governor, who is friendly with McDonnell and has followed the case. “The more you read, the more sleaze develops. It’s not going to be nice for anyone.”
McDonnell, 60, a Republican who until January held the same office once occupied by Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, is the first Virginia governor to be charged with a crime.
McDonnell and his wife are fighting 14 criminal charges of public corruption and lying on financial documents. Prosecutors have charged that in exchange for private plane rides, golf outings, expensive apparel and $120,000 in loans, the couple helped promote a businessman’s company, setting up meetings for chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. with state officials and even once letting him use the Executive Mansion for the launch of his new product.
Next IEC Meeting, August 7: “Demystifying the Ethics Rules for Serving on Nonprofit Boards in An Official Capacity”
Do your agency's employees seek to serve on the boards of nonprofit organizations? If so, you will want to attend this presentation led by Stuart Bender, DAEO and Director of USDA Office of Ethics. Changes in OGE's regulations permit employees -- under certain circumstances -- to serve in their official capacity on boards of nonprofit organizations. While OGE’s new rule is a significant change, it is not an automatic approval. Agencies must still evaluate individual requests to determine whether -- and under what limitations -- an employee may be allowed to serve in an official capacity on a nonprofit organization’s board. This training is a must for Ethics Officials who deal with this issue. Attendees will be provided with a “one-pager” -- that you can use right away -- containing the "Ten Commandments" for ensuring that your employees stay out of trouble in this area.
Meeting will be held August 7 at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8, 12:15-1:15.
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.