Archive for the ‘Ethics Blog’ Category

McDonnell Decision and the Future of Federal Conflict of Interest Laws

June 30th, 2016 3:57 pm

I am sure that my wisdom pales before that of a deeply-divided Supreme Court that somehow unified long enough to unanimously overturn the conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. There are innumerable ways that the Court might have justified such an outcome; however, concluding that his intercession in arranging meetings for Jonnie R. Williams,

The Ten Commandments of Doing Business with the Federal Government

November 17th, 2014 11:35 am

The Ten Commandments of Doing Business with the Federal Government 1.  Thou Shalt Have No Other Deadlines Before Mine If you want to win a government contract, bear in mind that the rule says the work will go to the lowest responsible, responsive bidder.  In reality, at the initial receipt stage, your bid will not


June 30th, 2014 1:35 pm

On March 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Inc.  The issue is whether owners of a secular for-profit corporation have to comply with all the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) if some of those requirements conflict with the owners’ religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby is a chain

Arnie Haiman Successfully Completes Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) Examination

April 1st, 2014 2:15 pm

Press release, click below Arnie Haiman CCEP Press Release

Ethics: Conspicuous In Its Absence

March 27th, 2014 5:04 pm

A good ethics program is a lot like a good defensive back in football: conspicuous only in his absence. Take, for example, Jimmy Johnson. Johnson was an All-Pro cornerback for most of his 16-year NFL career from 1961-76—all with the San Francisco 49ers. Despite never being among league leaders in interceptions, he was named to

Ethics: Inconspicuous In Its Presence

March 27th, 2014 4:52 pm

WHAT’S ALL THIS I HEAR ABOUT GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION? I participate in several government-oriented blogs and it seems as if, whenever “government ethics” comes up, participants lament over the sad state of modern public integrity.  Perhaps it is like everything else, folks tend to think that their “times” compare miserably with the glorious state of the

No Time for Scholarship

March 29th, 2013 5:37 pm

With due apologies to Mac Hyman, creator of “No Time for Sergeants,” I think we already know everything we need to in order to address the horrors perpetrated by one mass murderer in Aurora, Colorado as well as the complicity in sexual abuse at Penn State on the part of so many people. I teach

Beware the Law . . . of Unintended Consequences

March 29th, 2013 5:36 pm

A law firm recently sued over what it believed to be defamatory remarks, only to have the lawsuit, and the objectionable remarks, plastered all over the internet, reaching an immensely wider readership than was the case before the lawsuit. Federal employees, including supervisors, should also beware the “law” of unintended consequences! Supervisors who have failed

Truman and the Winning Ticket

March 29th, 2013 5:35 pm

Every 4 years Americans are privileged to elect a President. And every 4 years candidates of both parties “run like Truman,” who is praised as one of the great, or at least near-great Presidents. Most Americans were not yet born when Truman won a signal upset victory in his campaign to be elected in his

Linda T. Sullivan Inducted Into The NAPEW/”Women of Excellence” Registry

December 17th, 2010 3:50 pm

The National Association of Professional and Executive Women (NAPEW) recognized Linda T. Sullivan, Owner of Ethos, LLC, for her commitment to excellence, success and professional achievements with her induction into the “Women of Excellence” Registry. NAPEW is dedicated to providing the networking resources, education and marketing services necessary to empower professional and executive women nationwide.