September 28, 2016

Next IEC Meeting - October 6

Have you ever wondered just what Congress was thinking when they came up with 18 U.S.C. 203 and 205?

Has some high level official ever questioned your explanation of these statutes saying "Congress couldn't possibly have meant that."

Have you ever wondered, after having dealt with these statutes, just why you got into/stayed in ethics work?

These and other related questions shall be answered in our October 6 session by Ray Sheehan, former DAEO at USDA and self-proclaimed "guardian of the ethics history."  [Actually, he never proclaimed that.  IEC made it up].  But we will be discussing the long-lost backstories behind these statutes.  What factors forced Congress to act?  Who were the famous players?  What were the major national issues surrounding the scandals/legislation?

Provided the government is open, we will meet as usual at the U.S. Access Board, 8th floor, 1331 F Street, NW, at 12:15pm.

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Department of Commerce Employee Suspended for Hatch Act Violation

A Commerce Department supervisor has been suspended for 50 days without pay for Hatch Act violations, the Office of Special Counsel announced.

OSC said the GS‐15 employee violated the act by engaging in partisan political activities while at work and soliciting contributions for a political party.

To read more, click here:

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September 27, 2016

Department of Commerce Official Travels on Official Business in Luxurious Accomodations

An interesting article from a member of the IEC community about improper travel practices while on official business.  Read here:

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September 21, 2016

US Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Assistant Ethics Counselor

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking an Assistant Ethics Counselor. This position is located in Denver, Colorado, and will provide authoritative Bureau-wide ethics advice, opinions, in-person training and policy guidance for all levels of employees throughout the Service. The announcement will close on 9/27/2016.

Candidates must have the following experience: Develop ethics policies, procedures, and guidance materials; review outside work requests and requests for travel payments from non-Federal sources; review and certify public and confidential financial disclosure reports; and create and delivered ethics training. 

The announcements can be viewed at the following link:

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No Conflicts of Interest in Challenging Term Limits Proposal

Moore: No Conflicts of Interest in Challenging Term Limits Proposal - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD

A Rockville resident, Tom Moore, says there is no conflict of interest between his efforts to fight term limits for county elected officials and his job as a lawyer for the Federal Elections Commission. 

“I asked my ethics officer here at the FEC, ‘Here’s what I want to do, can I do it?’” said Moore, whose group “No on B” is opposing a ballot initiative to make term limits part of the Montgomery County Charter.

Moore: No Conflicts of Interest in Challenging Term Limits Proposal - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD

Even though the term limits referendum is nonpartisan, it can take on a “partisan color,” said Mark Uncapher, a lawyer and an at-large member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.  “It raises the issue whether he can raise money for this arguably partisan undertaking,” he said. “It would have a lot of pitfalls ahead of it, if that’s the case.”

To read more of the story, click here:



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September 01, 2016

Slides from IEC Meeting on September 1

Here are the slides from the IEC Meeting on September 1: 203 IEC Sept 2016

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August 30, 2016


The USDA Office of Ethics is seeking a motivated and highly-qualified candidate excited to join our collegial team as a full-time GS-15 Senior Advisor for Financial Disclosure Systems and Presidential Nominations. This is a supervisory position in our Washington, D.C. office which requires subject matter expertise in Financial Disclosure Systems and the Presidential Nomination process. The Senior Advisor will report directly to the Deputy Director and Director of the Office of Ethics and will occupy a key position on the Office of Ethics’ leadership team.    

The Office of Ethics is responsible for providing ethics advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity employer. Become a leader on our team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. Individuals interested in applying should visit the vacancy posting at USAJobs:

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, September 16, 2016 at 11:59pm.

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DEA Seeks Ethics/Administrative Law Attorney

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Chief Counsel is seeking applications for an Ethics Attorney (GS14/15) who will also perform administrative law functions.  To apply, please follow the link at  This vacancy is open through October 1, 2016.

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August 15, 2016

Proposed GSA Change

The GSA posted a proposed notice on changing the requirement for 1353 approval for waiver of conference fee when speaking.  It is now in alignment with 5 C.F.R. Sect. 204(g)(1).  It will no longer be considered "in-kind", which means 1353 approval is unnecessary.  To see the notice, click here:

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August 08, 2016

National Park Service Director Apologizes for Unethical Behavior

It came a little late, but National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has apologized for unethical behavior that he was investigated for last year.

The behavior was connected to a book about national parks he wrote for a nonprofit organization that has a cooperating agreement with the agency. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General (IG) said he had the book published without getting approval from the department’s ethics office.

To read the fully story, click here:

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