Archive for the ‘Ethics in the News’ 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,

KBR is asked to release internal corporate files, signaling a widening fraud investigation

April 4th, 2014 1:21 pm

  By Scott Higham, Published: April 1, 2014 Two members of a powerful congressional committee on Tuesday asked one of the nation’s largest government contractors to produce numerous internal corporate files, signaling a widening investigation into claims that the company covered up reports of fraud. The members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent

IMF moves to bolster ethics rules prompted by ex-chief’s 2008 affair

May 21st, 2011 10:59 am

By Howard Schneider and Mary Pat Flaherty, Published: May 20 As it copes with the fallout from its former chief’s arrest on sexual-assault charges, the International Monetary Fund is still working to recover from Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s 2008 affair with a staff member — an incident that triggered reform of the agency’s ethics laws and new

Guilty plea in HUD case

May 18th, 2011 10:37 am

Reginald B. Hayes, the former director of employee and career development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, faces up to a year in prison after pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanor conflict of interest offense. Hayes, 61, of Dumfries, “admitted that he received money from a company that obtained contracts from HUD

Bloomberg: Verizon Communications Pays United States $93.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

April 12th, 2011 1:42 pm

WASHINGTON – Verizon Communications Inc. has paid the United States $93,525,410.96 in order to resolve allegations that the company overcharged the General Services Administration (GSA) on invoices dealing with government-wide voice and data telecommunications services contracts, the Justice Department announced today To read more, Click Here.

Ethics Code for Academic Economists?

January 3rd, 2011 5:12 pm

Yes, the movie “Inside Job” certainly has shaken up the profession.

Former 3m Engineer Stole 5.6 Million

December 2nd, 2010 9:51 am

Read the news here.

Will the recently formed Office of Congressional Ethics be dismantled?

November 11th, 2010 4:52 pm

See if the election results will make a difference here.

Limited Progress on Pelosi’s Ethics Pledge

September 30th, 2010 4:10 pm

Read the story here.

Soliciting Funds Before a House Vote Raises Eyebrows

July 15th, 2010 3:32 pm

The NYTimes highlights the Congressional ethics investigation of House fundraising practices.