November 8, 2012 |
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA voters showed the door Tuesday to a D.C. Council member who had made a mess of his personal and political affairs. They also gave overwhelming approval to a trio of reforms aimed at improving government ethics. They made clear, in other words, that they are fed up with the scandals that have mired their city. "It's a new day for D.C.," David Grosso said after his upset win over incumbent Michael A. Brown (I) for one of two at-large seats on the council. Mr. Grosso (I)
October 7, 2012 |
In the 1980s and '90s, a series of ethics scandals roiled Congress, claiming the careers of several influential politicians. Among them: House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), for accepting excessive speaking fees, and House Speaker Newt Gingrich , (R-Ga.), for misusing a tax-exempt foundation. Badly bruised by the ethics fights, House lawmakers agreed to an informal cease-fire in 1997. The unspoken agreement to refrain from filing complaints held for seven years until 2004, when the ...
August 14, 2012 |
The Department of Veterans Affairs spent $5 million—and set aside $4 million more — last year for two training conferences, and now the organizers of them are under investigation over whether they broke ethics rules by improperly accepting gifts, lawmakers and government sources said. The agency's inspector general is investigating whether event planners and other organizers of the training for human resources employees took alcohol, concert tickets and spa treatments from vendors.
August 5, 2012 |
Three days after a scandal-plagued 2010 Las Vegas conference for employees of the General Services Administration, the president's Office of Government Ethics gave a clean bill of health to the GSA's ethics program. The approval was based on an examination of the agency's financial disclosure procedures and ethics training and advising processes between 2008 and 2009. "GSA's ethics program appears to be effectively administered and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and...
August 4, 2012 |
DESPITE ITS GOOD intentions, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (Stock) Act has become the latest case study in petty partisan politics and legislative incompetence. As its name implies, the act was conceived with the legitimate aim of preventing insider trading in Congress. Four months after it was signed into law, however, it's clear that a portion of the act would do far more than that, potentially jeopardizing national security along with the personal safety of...
June 25, 2012 |
The D.C. Council and Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration struggled with ethics and campaign finance reforms Monday, presenting new hurdles to officials seeking to overcome recent scandals testing their leadership skills. In a series of hearings at the John A. Wilson Building, officials debated over a new ethics panel and how to reduce the influence of money in District politics. The hearings took place as the council prepares for summer recess after a trying spring session, when two...