March 13, 2009 |
Norm Eisen had just returned from his fourth urgent trip to the White House in the past three hours when his BlackBerry beckoned again. He groaned and opened his e-mail inbox. There, flashing at the top of the list, he found exactly what he had expected: another note from one of President Obama's senior advisers, typed in red font and littered with exclamation marks. " Need your help! Can you come . . . fast? " "This is what my job is like," Eisen said, grabbing his jacket. "It's one emergency after the next.
May 14, 2008 |
Not long ago, lobbyists regularly entertained lawmakers and their aides in skyboxes at local sports arenas. But after a series of scandals on Capitol Hill, the law was changed to forbid congressional officials from accepting anything of value from lobbyists without repayment -- let alone the best seats in the house. Now the Washington Redskins are talking up a new twist. Their sales force has given a one-page handout to a potential customer that states that congressional officials could accept a free "Suite Guest Pass"...
July 21, 2011 |
Sign up now! The federal Office of Government Ethics is holding a conference for 820 federal ethics officials, mostly lawyers, Sept. 13 to 15 at the self-styled "legendary Orlando World Center Marriott ," a magnificent golf and spa resort. "We encourage new and experienced ethics officials, regional ethics officials, Inspector General staff and others with ethics-related duties to attend the conference," the office says on its Web site, announcing its "18th National Government Ethics Conference.
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)
June 23, 2012 |
This month, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated Robert Spagnoletti to lead the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, and the D.C. Council is poised to consider that nomination Monday. Spagnoletti is a highly regarded lawyer who served as the District's first attorney general and before that as a federal prosecutor. By all accounts, he is a person of integrity, and the mayor should be credited with choosing someone of Spagnoletti's stature for this post. But members of this board...
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...