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November 28, 2012

OGE Releases Paper on Outreach Initiatives Related to Preventing Corruption

The US Office of Government Ethics recently prepared a document that highlights U.S. Government outreach initiatives related to preventing corruption.

Two reasons to check out this document: 1. Put your day-to-day ethics work into a broader context. Get a sense for anti-corruption activities not only in the public sector but also the private sector and civil society. 2. Get ideas for outreach and effective information-sharing. Follow links to specific examples of useful websites and examples of outreach techniques.

OGE prepared this document, on behalf of the United States, in response to a request to States Parties for information on awareness-raising policies and practices that supports Ch. II (Preventative Measures) of the UN Convention Against Corruption. To access the paper, visit http://www.oge.gov/About/International-Activities/Papers-and-Speeches/

Questions? Contact Wendy Pond at wgpond@oge.gov

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November 19, 2012

Next IEC Meeting: Monday, December 10

Please note that the next IEC meeting will be held on MONDAY, December 10.  Mr. Lenny Lowentritt, Deputy General Counsel, GSA, will give his annual update on the latest travel issues facing the Government.  Please join us at 12:15 at the usual meeting place:

 US Access Board

1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800

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November 16, 2012

GS 14/15 Attorney Opening in Office of Integrity and Compliance, FBI

This attorney opening may be found at USAJobs link:



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November 15, 2012

Vacancy at the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation has announced a vacancy for an experienced ethics practitioner for the position of Deputy Ethics Counselor at a grade 14.  Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency and is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River.  Reclamation is the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. The vacancy announcement closes on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.



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November 14, 2012

Former Commander, U.S. Africa Command, to Retire at Lower Rank for Misuse of Gov't Funds

A DOD news release states General William E. Ward (O-10), former commander of U.S. Africa Command, should be retired at the grade of Lieutenant General (0-9) in light of substantiated claims he misused approximately $82,000 in government equipment and funds.

In June 2012, the Department of Defense Inspector General issued a report of investigation substantiating that Gen. Ward had engaged in numerous acts of misconduct related to misuse of government funds during his tenure as commander of U.S. Africa Command. Since departing U.S. Africa Command, by operation of law Gen. Ward reverted to the grade of Major General (0-8) and is currently serving as a special assistant to the Army vice chief of staff in that grade.

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OSC Ok's Wearing Campaign Shirts

Federal employees won’t violate the Hatch Act by wearing clothing or carrying items from presidential campaigns to work, but they still are prohibited by law from donning or displaying paraphernalia that directly support a political party or group, according to an advisory memo from the federal government’s independent investigative body.

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November 13, 2012

Post-Employment Restrictions Examined as Former Feds Seek Jobs with Foreign Companies

Nextgov.com reports:  As a major Chinese telecommunications company suspected of espionage hires former U.S. government officials, critics are raising concerns about the adequacy of government post-employment restrictions, as well as the risk of national security threats.

Huawei, based in Shenzhen, China, has been methodically snapping up former senior federal officials, lobbyists and congressional staffers. Company officials say they are attempting to attract more U.S. business, partly by recruiting well-respected Westerners with government and security backgrounds.

The employment of more Americans at foreign firms can benefit the United States by fostering worldwide security standards and boosting stateside investments. But the unknown variable is to what degree Huawei, a multinational tech company founded by a former People’s Liberation Army member, acts on behalf of the Chinese military. A congressional investigation indicated the company might be inserting backdoors into products that can remotely siphon data or sabatoge computers.

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November 06, 2012

OPM Director Allows Disaster Relief Fundraisers for Sandy

Federal departments and agencies can make special solicitations for Superstorm Sandy disaster relief fundraising efforts, according to a memo from Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry.

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November 05, 2012

OGE Releases Updated Conference Guide for Ethics Counselors

There are numerous Federal acquisition, fiscal, and ethics laws and regulations that apply to the issues raised by conferences in which the Federal government participates. The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued an updated list of a selection of those laws and regulations and their interpretation. The first edition of this guide, "Conferences: A Guide for Ethics Counselors" dated May 2010, was distributed to attendees at the 2010 OGE National Ethics Conference. This updated version of the guide replaces the 2010 guide and can be found on the OGE website.



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Attorney Opening at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The attorney opening is in Admin Law including ethics work.  Application deadline is November 13, 2012.



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November 01, 2012

OGE Releases Proposed Regulations for Comment Re: OGE Form 201-A

Nov. 1, 2012, Fed. Reg. issued OGE's notice for emergency clearance for the proposed OGE Form 201-A to permit electronic access to public financial disclosure reports, including periodic transaction reports, filed on or after Jan. 1, 2012, and posted pursuant to the STOCK Act amendments to the Ethics in Government Act. Public comments due on or before Nov. 6, 2012.



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