September 21, 2016

US Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Assistant Ethics Counselor

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking an Assistant Ethics Counselor. This position is located in Denver, Colorado, and will provide authoritative Bureau-wide ethics advice, opinions, in-person training and policy guidance for all levels of employees throughout the Service. The announcement will close on 9/27/2016.

Candidates must have the following experience: Develop ethics policies, procedures, and guidance materials; review outside work requests and requests for travel payments from non-Federal sources; review and certify public and confidential financial disclosure reports; and create and delivered ethics training. 

The announcements can be viewed at the following link:

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No Conflicts of Interest in Challenging Term Limits Proposal

Moore: No Conflicts of Interest in Challenging Term Limits Proposal - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD

A Rockville resident, Tom Moore, says there is no conflict of interest between his efforts to fight term limits for county elected officials and his job as a lawyer for the Federal Elections Commission. 

“I asked my ethics officer here at the FEC, ‘Here’s what I want to do, can I do it?’” said Moore, whose group “No on B” is opposing a ballot initiative to make term limits part of the Montgomery County Charter.

Moore: No Conflicts of Interest in Challenging Term Limits Proposal - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD

Even though the term limits referendum is nonpartisan, it can take on a “partisan color,” said Mark Uncapher, a lawyer and an at-large member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.  “It raises the issue whether he can raise money for this arguably partisan undertaking,” he said. “It would have a lot of pitfalls ahead of it, if that’s the case.”

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September 01, 2016

Slides from IEC Meeting on September 1

Here are the slides from the IEC Meeting on September 1: 203 IEC Sept 2016

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August 30, 2016


The USDA Office of Ethics is seeking a motivated and highly-qualified candidate excited to join our collegial team as a full-time GS-15 Senior Advisor for Financial Disclosure Systems and Presidential Nominations. This is a supervisory position in our Washington, D.C. office which requires subject matter expertise in Financial Disclosure Systems and the Presidential Nomination process. The Senior Advisor will report directly to the Deputy Director and Director of the Office of Ethics and will occupy a key position on the Office of Ethics’ leadership team.    

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. Become a leader on our team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. Individuals interested in applying should visit the vacancy posting at USAJobs:

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:59pm.

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DEA Seeks Ethics/Administrative Law Attorney

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Chief Counsel is seeking applications for an Ethics Attorney (GS14/15) who will also perform administrative law functions.  To apply, please follow the link at  This vacancy is open through October 1, 2016.

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August 15, 2016

Proposed GSA Change

The GSA posted a proposed notice on changing the requirement for 1353 approval for waiver of conference fee when speaking.  It is now in alignment with 5 C.F.R. Sect. 204(g)(1).  It will no longer be considered "in-kind", which means 1353 approval is unnecessary.  To see the notice, click here:

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August 08, 2016

National Park Service Director Apologizes for Unethical Behavior

It came a little late, but National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has apologized for unethical behavior that he was investigated for last year.

The behavior was connected to a book about national parks he wrote for a nonprofit organization that has a cooperating agreement with the agency. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (IG) said he had the book published without getting approval from the department’s ethics office.

To read the fully story, click here:

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Former FDA Employee Pleads Guilty to Gathering "Political Intelligence"

Former FDA employee, Gordon Johnston, pleads guilty to using his connections after retirement to gather confidential "political intelligence" for a hedge fund.  This implicates ethics rules because a former government employee induced a current government employee to disclose nonpublic information.

"Political intelligence" was the subject of one of the provisions of the STOCK Act.  Section 7 of the STOCK Act required the GAO to prepare a report addressing six questions about political intelligence activities.  That report is available at, but the opening summary suggests that GAO found Congress's questions virtually impossible to investigate.  That said, the STOCK Act's definition of "political intelligence" – information derived from direct communications with a government employee and provided, in exchange for compensation, to a client who intends to use the information for investment purposes – seems to be exactly what happened in the case discussed above.

To read the full story, click here:

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August 04, 2016

FDA Hiring Ethics Specialists

Multiple Ethics Position Vacancies with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSES AUGUST 13

The announcement opened on Tuesday, 02 August 2016, and closes on Tuesday,  August 13 2016.  The job announcement number is FDA-OO-16-MP-1764153PR.

Multiple vacancies for GS 11-12 Ethics Specialist Positions with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at following location:  8455 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20993; Salary Range:  $64,650.00 to $100,736.00 / Per Year; Series & Grade GS-0301-11/12 with promotion potential to GS-13.

As an Ethics Specialist, in FDA’s Division of Ethics and Integrity, you will perform the following duties:

  • Advising FDA employees on complex ethics laws and policies, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees in the Executive Branch, criminal conflict of interest laws, and the Hatch Act.
  • Reviewing financial disclosure reports that include sensitive and personal information about FDA employee's personal financial interests and non-Federal affiliations to ensure compliance with the conflict of interest law, the regulatory standards for appearance of conflict, and FDA specific policies prohibiting financial interests in significantly regulated industries. 
  •  Working collaboratively with Departmental legal counsel as well as other ethics officials and personnel throughout the agency.

To view the full job announcement and application procedures the link is as follows:

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July 26, 2016

Next IEC Meeting - August 4th

Ever wonder what keeps ethics officers and Government contractors up at night?  Especially when the Government is their customer or partner?  At our August 4th meeting, two former Federal ethics officials, Steve Epstein (now at Boeing) and Frank Lamir (now at Lockheed Martin) will discuss challenges they face when working with the Government, and focus on challenges that can be resolved when ethics officials from the government and from the contractor community communicate and work together.  If you have problems when working with contractors, then don't miss this presentation.  We'll cover revolving door issues, gifts, conflicts of interest, political activities, proprietary information, and any other issues you raise.  Come and learn how "the other side" addresses "ethics and compliance."

As usual, we meet from 12:15 until 1:30 at the US Special Access Board, Suite 800, 1331 F Street, NW, Washington, DC.

See you there!


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