ethics

  • DoD slows moves to private industry

    The Department of Defense is requiring officials who participate in costly acquisitions at the Pentagon to get written approval from an agency ethics officer before taking a job with a contractor. Government Executive is reporting…

  • Computers: Risky Business

    Knowing how to use a computer is a must in most federal jobs, but Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says using it for the wrong reason can land you in a heap of trouble.

  • How to Stay Out of Trouble

    With the new president comes hoards of new political appointees. So, what should they be doing to stay out of trouble and make sure they’re following all those government rules? Diana Veilleux is a Partner…

  • New Rules

    At the direction of President Obama, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is moving to limit the influence special interests have on the $700-billion dollar economic rescue program. But is that really a feasible goal? Jodi Schneider…

  • Criminal Contracting

    How do convicts get federal contracts? That’s what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wanted to find out yesterday. Chairman Edolphus Towns of New York tells us about what they learned and how they…

  • Examiner: Federal programs give street drugs to addicts

    The DC Examiner is reporting that federal programs are giving cocaine, morphine and other hard-core drugs to taxpayer-funded researchers for testing on drug addicts. The practice has apparently been going on for decades often without…

  • Ethics check: Don’t leak secrets to the mob

    We told you yesterday about the federal marshal who was convicted of violating the secrecy policy of the Witness Protection Program. Prosecutors say John Ambrose discussed a person in the program with a friend who…

  • Travel Industry asks Congress for a little more hospitality

    Industry asks for help to redefine the ethics of business travel.

  • OGE Chief Information Officer Ty Cooper holding off on social networking

    Agencies across the government are moving into social networking as a way to share information, with each other and with citizens. But some CIOs wonder if the role of these tools applies to every agency,…

  • Former Special Counsel Scott Bloch charged with contempt

    The Bush administration official whose job was to protect government whistleblowers stands accused of mistreating them, illegally deleting documents and withholding information from Congress. Debra S. Katz, partner at Katz, Marshall & Banks explains what’s next