August 26, 2015

Next IEC Meeting Thursday, September 3

Ever had problems with your consultants or your advisory committee members? Then come to our September 3 IEC where Asim Akbari from the Department of Health and Human Services, Karen Santoro from the National Science Foundation, and Chris Runkel from the National Archives and Records Administration will speak about Special Government Employees. Handouts will be posted on the IEC website next week before the meeting.

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July 20, 2015

Next IEC Meeting Thursday, August 6th

You’ve Only Got a Minute: Creating Engaging Ethics Training for Busy Feds

Stuart Bender, the Director of USDA's Office of Ethics, will present some of the innovative training techniques utilized at USDA to communicate complex ethics concepts to employees in easily accessible and engaging “teachable moments.” We will discuss five easy steps for creating memorable “Ethics One Pagers” along with strategies that you can use in your own agencies to more effectively engage audiences.

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

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July 10, 2015

Presentation Slides from July 2 IEC Meeting

The presentation slides from the July 2 IEC meeting may be found here:  Download 205(a)(2) Presentation (IEC Meeting 7 2 15)

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June 30, 2015

Reminder! July 2 IEC Meeting

For this week's IEC Meeting, Leigh Francis and Rachel Dowell from the Office of Government Ethics' 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.

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

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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 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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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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April 28, 2015

Next IEC Meeting: May 7

Please join us for our May 7 IEC meeting featuring Mr. Edward Sullivan, a prosecutor for the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section.

Mr. Sullivan has prosecuted a variety of cases and will discuss what kinds of cases his section handles, and the elements they review.

The meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Floor 8 at 12:15.  See you there!

 

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April 10, 2015

Reminder!!! April 20 IEC Meeting at USDA

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.

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March 31, 2015

Reminder: April 2 Meeting and Updated Presentation Slides

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 UPDATED presentation slides may be found here Download Croston IEC Nepotism final slides

 

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

 

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March 10, 2015

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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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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January 06, 2015

No February IEC Meeting

Our usual meeting spot at the U.S. Access Board is booked for the month of February so there will not be an IEC meeting in February.  We have the room for the rest of the year so future meetings will be held as usual.   

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December 29, 2014

Next IEC Meeting- January 8

TOPIC:

Government Contractors Forum and the Interagency Ethics Council: 

Making Your Ethics Program Hum  



Thursday, January 8, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., LIVE ONLY at the offices
of The Boeing Company, 929 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

The Boeing Company is Metro accessible from the Crystal City or Pentagon City
Stops.  Come meet your ethics and compliance colleagues in industry and
government from 11:30 - 12:00.  The interactive program will take place from
12:00 - 2:00.  THIS IS A BROWN BAG event, so if you want lunch, please bring
it. Restaurants and cafeteria are convenient.  WMACCA will provide drinks
and snack.  Free of charge. 


Facilitated by Patrick Carney, Assistant General Counsel (Ethics), FCC;
Steve Epstein, Chief Counsel, Ethics and Compliance, The Boeing Company;
Mike Kallens, Associate General Counsel & Manager of Corporate Ethics &
Compliance, Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.;  and Jeffrey Green, Senior Attorney,
Standards of Conduct Office, Department of Defense.  

Having trouble getting buy-in and support for your ethics program?  Does it have the blahs?

Want to start the year off with fresh ideas and initiatives? Then join your ethics program peers from government and industry in a joint meeting between WMACCA and the Interagency Ethics Counsel (IEC) at the new Boeing Building at in Crystal City.  We will focus on revolving door issues, conflicts of interest, and getting buy-in and support from senior leaders and employees.

In addition, we'll have opportunities for networking and resolving ethics issues that arise between government and industry.  (WMACCA will apply for 1 hour of Ethics credit and 1.0 hours of regular credit for this program.)

DIRECTIONS:

From Crystal City Metro Stop.  (S. Clark Street and S. 18th Street)

              Upon exiting the Metro, turn to your left on South Bell Street (walking northwest).  Cross 15th Street and continue on 14th Road, which becomes Long Bridge Drive, to 10th Street.  (Eight minute walk.)  Boeing building (with large sign) is on the corner of Long Bridge Drive and 10th Street.

REGISTRATION

Please register to attend for free at so we have a total number of attendees:
http://www.cvent.com/d/nrqjfy/1q.   

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December 04, 2014

Slides from Dec. 4 IEC Meeting

Please find the slides from today's meeting here:  Download 2014 Travel Presentation revised.Lenny Loewentritt

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November 21, 2014

Next IEC Meeting: December 4; Travel Updates

Please join us at the next IEC meeting where Lenny Lowentritt, Deputy General Counsel at GSA, will discuss the latest in the travel rules.  Mr. Lowentritt asks that you bring questions to the meeting!  

December 4 at U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Washington, Floor 8 at 12:15.  

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October 30, 2014

Next IEC Meeting: November 6

Our November speaker will be Dave Apol, General Counsel at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.  Mr. Apol will discuss a variety of OGE topics of interest.  

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

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October 01, 2014

Slides for Thursday IEC Meeting

Find the presentation slides for Thursday's meeting here:   Download Interagency Ethics Council (Oct 2014)

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September 12, 2014

IEC Meeting: October 2; Mr. Rodney Grandon, Air Force Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility

Please join us for the next IEC meeting on October 2, featuring speaker Rodney Grandon.

Mr. Grandon is the Air Force's Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility, and he serves as the Air Force's Suspending and Debarring Official. His comments will provide an overview of contractor responsibility, as structured by Subpart 9.4 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.  Starting with the notion that the US Government does business only with responsible contractors, the discussion will explore what the Air Force, as a customer, expects from its contractors in terms of performance, compliance, and ethics.  The discussion also will address steps taken by industry to promote "best practices" in the areas of compliance and ethics, with a focus on how the defense industry has embraced values-based ethics as a "best practice."  Notwithstanding the best compliance and ethics programs, contractors will continue to experience misconduct within their organizations.  The discussion will explore the need for suspension and debarment when contractor misconduct is identified, focusing on the tools and the steps necessary to determine whether there is a need to protect the government from non-responsible contractors through suspension and debarment.

The meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8, at 12:15.   See you there!

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September 03, 2014

Reminder: No IEC Meeting in September

Just a reminder:  there will NOT be an IEC meeting in September due to the Office of Government Ethics' Summit. We will resume our regular meeting schedule in October.

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August 13, 2014

Reminder: No IEC Meeting in September

For everyone's planning purposes, there will NOT be an IEC meeting in September due to the Office of Government Ethics' Summit.  We will resume our regular meeting schedule in October.  

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August 05, 2014

Presentation Slides for August 7 IEC Meeting

You may find the slides for the August 7 IEC meeting here:  Download Outside Professional Associations PowerPoint (August 2014) (August 1 2014) FINAL

Thanks Stuart!

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July 28, 2014

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. 

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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

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June 17, 2014

Next IEC Meeting: Friday, July 11

The next IEC meeting will be held on FRIDAY, July 11 due to the July 4 holiday the week before. 

Sean Croston, Senior Attorney at the Federal Reserve Board, and Jeremy Suttenberg, Ethics Attorney at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will do a presentation titled, "Restrictions on the Promotion of Outside Personal Interests in the Federal Workplace." 

Agency ethics officials occasionally face staff questions about the permissibility of promoting various outside personal interests at work, like:

Soliciting donations for favored charities or personal events; Supporting political ideas/groups; Endorsing professional organizations; Posting personal classified ads in federal buildings; Advertising for nearby commercial vendors or entertainment options; Selling items in federal buildings.

The presentation will cover some colorful (but non-agency-specific) examples from our personal experience and review the miscellaneous hodgepodge of applicable laws and regulations governing the promotion of outside interests at work, such as:

OPM rule on charitable solicitation (5 CFR Part 950/EO 12353); OGE rule on fundraising (5 CFR 2635.808); OGE rules on soliciting/accepting gifts within the agency (5 CFR 2635.302); Hatch Act restrictions on political activities/solicitations (5 USC 7321-7326); Anti-lobbying statutes (18 USC 1913; annual appropriations riders); GSA rules on gambling, solicitation, vending, and advertising (41 CFR Part 102-74); Appropriations rules re: commercial advertising (GAO rulings); Congressional rules on using gov't $ to print advertisements; Fair Housing Act restrictions on discriminatory housing advertisements (42 USC 3604(c)); OGE rules on misuse of public office (5 CFR 2635.701-705); OGE's general appearance of impropriety rule (5 CFR 2635.101(b)(14)); Agency-specific rules and policies

**** The meeting will be held on Friday, JULY 11, at 12:15, 1331 F Street NW, U.S. Access Board, Floor 8.****  See you there!

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June 06, 2014

Handouts from June 5 IEC Meeting

Please find the handouts and presentation materials from the June 5 IEC meeting here:

Download HUD MOU for PPPs April 2014 Download Partnership Agreement Template FINAL Download Partnership Guidance 2008 Download SGE_IPA ethics rules chart June 6 2014 Download Web version IEC slides for June 5 2014 on Partnership-Lite

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May 29, 2014

Reminder: Next IEC Meeting June 5: Partnership-Lite: Part Two of a Three Session Series on the Executive-wide Push to "Partner"

Does your agency have explicit statutory authority to partner with non-federal entities? Does your agency have explicit authority to accept gifts in support of its mission?

No?! But perhaps lately you’ve heard the following phrases and wondered whether you, as an ethics official, need to care: "aligned funding," " leveraging federal dollars," "community engagement," "stakeholder buy-in," or "public-private cross-collaboration." You are not alone! In this fiscal climate, federal agencies are getting more creative. We recognize that policy decisions on partnership efforts are most appropriate for management, but the line between policy and legal authorities can be a fine one. Although the ethics community typically focuses on legal advice geared towards individual federal employees, what about the grayer areas of organizational conflicts of interest and endorsement or appearance of favoritism concerns at the agency level? When do agency efforts to be transparent and cooperative with partners become problematic for folks in OGC?

Come to IEC on June 5th and hear Susan Winchell, DAEO for the Department of Education, and Cheryl Embree, Deputy Ethics Official for the Federal Trade Commission (formerly with HUD), share their perspectives on various recent "partnerships" and when ethics lawyers needs to get involved. This IEC presentation will be loosely based on a similar talk given at the White House in summer 2013 called, “Best Practices and Considerations for Public-Private Partnerships,” which was organized by the National Security Staff for government partnership practitioners across the Executive branch.

Meeting time and location: U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8, 12:15.

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May 13, 2014

Next IEC Meeting, June 5: Partnership-Lite: Part Two of a Three Session Series on the Executive-wide Push to "Partner"

Does your agency have explicit statutory authority to partner with non-federal entities?

Does your agency have explicit authority to accept gifts in support of its mission?

No?! But perhaps lately you’ve heard the following phrases and wondered whether you, as an ethics official, need to care: "aligned funding," " leveraging federal dollars," "community engagement," "stakeholder buy-in," or "public-private cross-collaboration." You are not alone! In this fiscal climate, federal agencies are getting more creative. We recognize that policy decisions on partnership efforts are most appropriate for management, but the line between policy and legal authorities can be a fine one. Although the ethics community typically focuses on legal advice geared towards individual federal employees, what about the grayer areas of organizational conflicts of interest and endorsement or appearance of favoritism concerns at the agency level? When do agency efforts to be transparent and cooperative with partners become problematic for folks in OGC?

Come to IEC on June 5th and hear Susan Winchell, DAEO for the Department of Education, and Cheryl Embree, Deputy Ethics Official for the Federal Trade Commission (formerly with HUD), share their perspectives on various recent "partnerships" and when ethics lawyers needs to get involved. This IEC presentation will be loosely based on a similar talk given at the White House in summer 2013 called, “Best Practices and Considerations for Public-Private Partnerships,” which was organized by the National Security Staff for government partnership practitioners across the Executive branch.

Meeting time and location:  U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8, 12:15. 

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April 15, 2014

Next IEC Meeting: May 1, Arthur Goldberg from DOJ

The IEC program presenter for May 1 is Arthur Goldberg, the Assistant Director, Federal Programs Branch, Department of Justice. Among other duties, his office is responsible for prosecuting public financial disclosure filers that willfully fail to file public financial disclosure reports in a timely manner. Since we all review public financial disclosure reports, this should be of great interest to all federal ethics officials.

Meeting details:  May 1, beginning at 12:15.  Location:  1331 F Street, NW, U.S. Access Board, Floor 8. 

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March 19, 2014

Next IEC Meeting April 3: Hatch Act Update

Please join us for the next IEC meeting on April 3:  Ms. Ana Galindo-Marrone, Chief, Hatch Act Unit at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel will give an update on the latest Hatch Act developments including the impact of its recent amendment.   This is not to be missed! 

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

See you there!

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February 27, 2014

Next IEC Meeting, March 6: Approaching the 2nd Anniversary of the STOCK Act

President Obama signed the STOCK Act into law on April 4, 2012. The provision requiring all public financial disclosures be posted on the internet in a searchable, sortable database was modified on April 15, 2013. In addition, the STOCK Act required e-filing, notification of negotiations for future employment and compensation, and imposed limits on federal employees’ ability to participate in IPOs.

Join us at the IEC meeting on Thursday, March 6th, starting at 12:15, to discuss these issues and to hear short presentations from the panel below:

Seth Jaffe, Chief, Ethics Law and Policy Branch, OGE

Chip Christopher, Chief, Agency Assistance Branch, OGE

Cheryl Embree, Attorney, Ethics and Appeals Division, HUD

Location:  U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, 8th Floor, NW, Washington DC, 12:15 start time

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February 06, 2014

Presentation Slides for Feb. 6 IEC Meeting on Agencies and Private Foundations

Please find the meeting presentation slides here:  Download IEC-Foundations.14B-public[1]

With presenters' notes (view in upper left corner of each slide) Download IEC-Foundations.14B-public[1]

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January 31, 2014

Reminder: Next IEC Meeting Feb. 6- Agencies and Private Foundations

Do you work for an agency that interacts with a private foundation? Maybe the private foundation even has a statute? Have you seen good, bad or both in the interaction between the agency and the foundation? Want to learn more about the good and the bad? Come to the IEC on February 6, and Rainee Luciano (aka Lucky Luciano) and Rich Grant of the Department of the Interior and David Taube of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will lead a panel discussion about foundations and agencies.

February 6, 12:15, U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW

Please note: The U.S. Access Board staff would like to remind attendees that there is no entry to the 8th Floor prior to noon.

See you there!

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January 22, 2014

Next IEC Meeting: February 6: Agencies and Private Foundations

Do you work for an agency that interacts with a private foundation? Maybe the private foundation even has a statute? Have you seen good, bad or both in the interaction between the agency and the foundation? Want to learn more about the good and the bad? Come to the IEC on February 6, and Rainee Luciano (aka Lucky Luciano) and Rich Grant of the Department of the Interior and David Taube of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will lead a panel discussion about foundations and agencies.

February 6, 12:15, U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW

See you there!

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January 06, 2014

Reminder! January 9 IEC Meeting: WMACCA Government Contractors Forum

January 9, 2014: Please join us at a joint meeting of the Interagency Ethics Council and the Government Contractor’s Forum of WMACCA for an afternoon of benchmarking and networking. The event is titled: WMACCA Government Contractors Forum and the Interagency Ethics Council: “I’ve looked at ethics from both sides now.” We will be comparing best practices (and maybe some that aren’t so good) regarding post-government employment restrictions, addressing difficult gift questions, achieving compliance by your employees, implementing an effective gift policy, and other wild ideas as they develop. Come and share your challenges, achievements, and bold ideas with senior ethics and compliance officials from government and industry. (Bring your own lunch if you want one. This is a brownbag event. WMACCA will provide coffee, sodas, and light refreshments).

We seek IEC member registration in advance at: http://www.cvent.com/d/44qlzz/1Q  to ensure a name badge will be ready for members when they arrive.

Networking reception: 11:30-12:00

Program: 12:00 – 2:00 (In person only. No on-line presentation).

WMACCA will apply for 2.0 hours of Virginia MCLE credit.

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December 27, 2013

Reminder! January IEC Meeting: WMACCA Government Contractors Forum

January 9, 2014: Please join us at a joint meeting of the Interagency Ethics Council and the Government Contractor’s Forum of WMACCA for an afternoon of benchmarking and networking.

The event is titled: WMACCA Government Contractors Forum and the Interagency Ethics Council: “I’ve looked at ethics from both sides now.” We will be comparing best practices (and maybe some that aren’t so good) regarding post-government employment restrictions, addressing difficult gift questions, achieving compliance by your employees, implementing an effective gift policy, and other wild ideas as they develop. Come and share your challenges, achievements, and bold ideas with senior ethics and compliance officials from government and industry. (Bring your own lunch if you want one. This is a brownbag event. WMACCA will provide coffee, sodas, and light refreshments).

We seek IEC member registration in advance at: http://www.cvent.com/d/44qlzz/1Q to ensure a name badge will be ready for members when they arrive.

Networking reception: 11:30-12:00

Program: 12:00 – 2:00 (In person only. No on-line presentation).

WMACCA will apply for 2.0 hours of Virginia MCLE credit.

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December 02, 2013

January IEC Meeting: WMACCA Government Contractors Forum

January 9, 2014:  Please join us at a joint meeting of the Interagency Ethics Council and the Government Contractor’s Forum of WMACCA for an afternoon of benchmarking and networking.

The event is titled:  WMACCA Government Contractors Forum and the Interagency Ethics Council: “I’ve looked at ethics from both sides now.”

We will be comparing best practices (and maybe some that aren’t so good) regarding post-government employment restrictions, addressing difficult gift questions, achieving compliance by your employees, implementing an effective gift policy, and other wild ideas as they develop.

Come and share your challenges, achievements, and bold ideas with senior ethics and compliance officials from government and industry. (Bring your own lunch if you want one. This is a brownbag event. WMACCA will provide coffee, sodas, and light refreshments).

We seek IEC member registration in advance at: http://www.cvent.com/d/44qlzz/1Q  to ensure a name badge will be ready for members when they arrive.  

Networking reception: 11:30-12:00

Program: 12:00 – 2:00 (In person only. No on-line presentation).

WMACCA will apply for 2.0 hours of Virginia MCLE credit.

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November 19, 2013

Next IEC Meeting: December 5

Please join us for the next IEC meeting on December 5- Mr. Lenny Loewentritt, 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:

1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8.

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October 28, 2013

Next IEC Meeting- November 7, featuring OGE Director Walter Shaub

Please join us at the next IEC meeting where Walter Shaub, Director of the Office of Government Ethics, will discuss "Current Events at OGE." The meeting will be held at the usual place, 1331 F Street, NW, Washington DC, Floor 8, from 12:15-1:30. The IEC team will have a short planning meeting after the main presentation to discuss 2014 programming- all are welcome to come with their ideas! See you there!

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October 01, 2013

October 3 IEC Meeting Update

In case of government shutdown this Thursday, October 3, the IEC meeting featuring a presentation from the Director, Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, will be re-scheduled for a later date.  Please check in with the IEC web site for updates.   

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September 19, 2013

Next IEC Meeting: October 3 Featuring Guest Speaker, Walter Shaub, Director OGE

Please join us at the next IEC meeting where Walter Shaub, Director of the Office of Government Ethics, will discuss "Current Events at OGE." 

The meeting will be held at the usual place, 1331 F Street, NW, Washington DC, Floor 8, from 12:15-1:30.

See you there!

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September 03, 2013

Reminder! Next IEC Meeting September 5

Please join us at the next IEC meeting when Ruth Vetter, from DLA, will address the group on the various issues that arise when you receive an invitation. Whether it is the Pledge, political activities or post-Government employment, this presentation will be a great summary of all the ethics rules that could apply when you receive an invitation. The meeting will be held September 5 at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8 from 12:15-1:15. See you there!

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August 22, 2013

Next IEC Meeting, September 5

Please join us at the next IEC meeting when Ruth Vetter, from DLA, will address the group on the various issues that arise when you receive an invitation. Whether it is the Pledge, political activities or post-Government employment, this presentation will be a great summary of all the ethics rules that could apply when you receive an invitation.

The meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8 from 12:15-1:15.  See you there!

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August 08, 2013

Materials from August 1 IEC Meeting

Handouts and powerpoint from Paul Conrad's presentation at the August 1 IEC meeting are attached.  Paul spoke about using various media in ethics training and the copyright issues that are involved. 

Download FAQ about Copyright

Download Know your copy rights[1]

Download Using Current Events in Ethics Training from YouTube TV Movies and Print Media2

Download IEC Training Tips

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July 26, 2013

Next IEC Meeting: August 1

Please join us at the next IEC meeting on August 1!  We are back to our normal schedule.  The meeting topic will be "Ethics Training Using Real Media ---Issues and Ideas....." 

Paul Conrad, the now Full Time Ethics Training Attorney for FEMA, is going to provide a class on how to use real media, e.g., newspapers, magazines, tv, recording, internet, You Tube and other sources without being sued for copyright infringement.....what you can and can't do, and how such training can be very effective.

This is a timely presentation as we all gear up to build our annual ethics trainings!

The meeting will be at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, Floor 8 at 12:15.   See you there!

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July 08, 2013

Reminder: Next IEC Meeting July 12

Next IEC Meeting: Friday, July 12: "So, you've been invited..."

Please join us at the next IEC meeting FRIDAY JULY 12. The title of this presentation is "So, you've been invited .................."  Join this interactive session to discuss sample invitations and whether or not your agency would make a WAG determination/ other gift exception.  Panel members include Karen Santoro of the National Science Foundation, Ellen Herr of the Department of the Air Force, and James Dubois of the Department of Energy.

Please note special date: Friday, July 12 at 12:15 at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW Suite 800

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June 25, 2013

Next IEC Meeting: Friday, July 12: "So, you've been invited..."

Please join us at the next IEC meeting FRIDAY JULY 12.

The title of this presentation is  "So, you've been invited .................."   Join this interactive session to discuss sample invitations and whether or not your agency would make a WAG determination/ other gift exception.  Panel members include Karen Santoro of the National Science Foundation,  Ellen Herr of the Department of the Air Force, and James Dubois of the Department of Energy.  

Please note special date:  Friday, July 12 at 12:15 at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW Suite 800

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June 03, 2013

Reminder: No IEC Meeting in June

Just a friendly reminder: There will not be an IEC meeting in June.

In July we will meet on Friday, July 12, at 12:15.

In August, and the rest of the year, we will return to our first of the month Thursday schedule.

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May 20, 2013

Reminder: No IEC Meeting in June

Just a friendly reminder:

There will not be an IEC meeting in June.

In July we will meet on Friday, July 12, at 12:15.

In August, and the rest of the year, we will return to our first of the month Thursday schedule.

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April 30, 2013

Reminder: May 2 IEC Meeting: Outside Activities

Ever have trouble tracking who has received outside activity approval? Ever wonder what criteria to use for such approval? Gretchen Weaver of NIH and Elizabeth Fischmann, HHS/OGC, will discuss their outside activity approval process and related issues at our May meeting.

The meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW, 8th Floor, from 12:15-1:15.

Handouts for the presentation may be found here:  Download May 2013 IEC (slides only)

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