March 18, 2015

House Representative Aaron Schock resigns in wake of ethics investigation

CNN reports

Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock announced Tuesday he would resign his seat at the end of the month, in the wake of a congressional ethics investigation into reports that he used taxpayer money to fund lavish trips and events. In a statement, he said he was stepping down "with a heavy heart," having given his constituents "my all over the last six years." "But the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself," he added.

Politico first reported on Tuesday afternoon that Schock would step down. The news marks the end of an embarrassing chapter for the former GOP rising star known for his Instagram account and a memorable shirtless appearance in a feature in Men's Health magazine.

Republicans close to Schock have said the biggest questions about his finances involve mileage reimbursements from a car paid by for by his campaign account. A Schock spokesman said Tuesday that the congressman had paid the government back for all of his official mileage, but the exact amount was unclear. "In an effort to remove any questions, and out of an abundance of caution, Congressman Schock has reimbursed all monies received for official mileage since his election to Congress," the spokesman said.

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March 11, 2015

IEC Meeting: April 2


The next regular IEC meeting will be held on April 2 at the U.S. Access Board.  Sean Croston, Senior Attorney, Legal Division, Federal Reserve Board, will discuss nepotism in the federal workplace.  His presentation slides may be found here Download Croston IEC Nepotism slides large

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

See you there!


Just a reminder- the canceled March IEC meeting has been re-scheduled for 12:15, Monday, April 20 at the USDA Jefferson Auditorium.  A reporter from the Washington Post will discuss the McDonnell trial. 

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March 10, 2015

Job Opening: U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics

The United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics seeks a non-partisan, attorney for the position of staff counsel. The staff counsel’s responsibilities will include reviewing and providing guidance to Senate Members and staff on a high volume of financial disclosure reports, as well as providing advice and training regarding Ethics rules and laws. This is a non-partisan position which requires the ability to serve the entire Senate community equally and refrain from political or partisan activity. Applicants must possess outstanding written and oral communication skills and analytical abilities as well as the sound judgment necessary to evaluate matters that arise before the Committee. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: government ethics, ethics counseling, finance, accounting, securities law, and criminal law. Send resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (no longer than 15 pages) to


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March IEC Meeting re-schedule for April 20!!!

Due to the snow day March 5, we needed to re-schedule our IEC meeting and speaker. 

On April 20, which is a Monday, Matt Zapotoski from the Washington Post will speak about former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's trial. 

PLEASE NOTE!!  The April 20 meeting will be held in the Jefferson Auditorium at USDA.  Directions may be found here Download Directions to Jefferson Auditorium

The meeting will be at 12:15.   Unfortunately no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium so plan accordingly. 


There will also be a meeting on April 2- details to follow.

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Opening: Philadelphia Board of Ethics

Please see the job announcement here:  Download Bd of Ethics Associate GC position description 2 25 15

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February 25, 2015

Ethics Attorney Opening at the Federal Trade Commission

If you are an attorney interested in helping federal employees serve with integrity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking for you! Year after year the FTC ranks in the top five places to work for mid-size federal agencies (see the rankings at We believe the agency’s strong ethical culture is a big reason our employees love working here. Don’t want to take our word for it? Hear from our employees yourself at our new careers page:

Our Office of the General Counsel is seeking an attorney with federal ethics experience (or an express desire to practice law in this area). Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate excellent research, writing, and oral presentation skills. The FTC offers numerous benefits, including telework and other flexible work schedules. Details about this opening may be found at USAJobs:

Applications must be received no later than Friday, March 13, 2015.

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Rep. Schock announces internal spending review reports:  Rep. Aaron Schock's lavish tastes and penchant for Instagram collided Monday in a way that's bound to cause him more headaches after an already rough month for the Illinois Republican.

After sifting through flight records, travel expenses and location data on Schock's Instagram photos, The Associated Press reported Monday that Schock has spent taxpayer dollars to fly on private jets owned by some of his own political donors since mid-2011.

House ethics rules changed in January 2013 to allow members of Congress to fund private flights with taxpayer dollars as long as they pay for just their share of the cost. But Schock paid for private flights with his House account before that rule changed and it's not clear if Schock only paid for his portion of the flight after the rule change, according to The Associated Press investigation.

Schock billed taxpayers more than $24,000 for eight private flights in 2011 and 2012 on a plane owned by Schock donor Darren Frye. Frye donated $10,200 to Schock's reelection campaign and political action committee, GOP Generation Y Fund, in 2013 alone according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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February 24, 2015


The USDA Office of Ethics is seeking motivated and highly-qualified candidates for several exciting, full-time, GS-14 Senior Ethics Program Advisor positions 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 Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

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February 23, 2015

Next IEC Meeting: March 5

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was the first sitting Virginia governor to be prosecuted for ethics violations.  Matt Zapotosky and Rosalind Helderman closely covered this story for the Washington Post.  They will provide the facts and their insight of the case and of the case of the former Governor's wife at our March meeting.

Location: U.S. Access Board, Floor 8, 1331 F Street NW

Time: 12:15


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February 11, 2015

Job Opening: Attorney-Advisor - (1) GS 12/13 Permanent Full Time Employee; FEMA Ethics Program

This position will be in the FEMA Office of the Chief Counsel, Ethics. Work assignments will span the entire FEMA OCC ethics portfolio, including providing ethics advice, but will primarily focus on FEMA's financial disclosure program and coordinating responses to KPMG and Office of Government Ethics (OGE) oversight inquiries. Excellent legal and project management skills are required. Dedicated experience in ethics is strongly preferred but not required. Knowledge of government ethics laws, regulations, and related administrative and judicial decisions, and knowledge of the Hatch Act and related laws and regulations is desirable. Applicants should possess the following characteristics and competencies: integrity, judgment, organizational skills, communication skills, reliability, perseverance, decisiveness, initiative, professionalism, the ability to function independently and as part of a team, interpersonal relationship skills, and outstanding written and oral advocacy skills.

Interested applicants should provide a resume, writing sample (5 pages or less) and a brief narrative (2 pages or less) discussing the criteria above to



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