Sex scandals, conflicts of interest, and the BP oil spill have all plagued the Minerals Management Service over the past few years. But now, under a new name, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the agency has enacted a new ethics policy. The rules will bar federal inspectors from dealing with companies that employ family members or personal friends. Debra Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-8 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.