McDonnell Decision and the Future of Federal Conflict of Interest Laws

by Ray Sheehan

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,
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The Ever Gnawing Inner Doubt – A Discussion of the Role of Religion in Business Ethics

by Arnie Haiman

The Ever Gnawing Inner Doubt – A Discussion of the Role of Religion in Business Ethics My presentation will focus on the role of religion on the part of influential people in corporate America, the private sector, and the challenges they face in promoting their ethical and religious beliefs when to do so is seen
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The Ten Commandments of Doing Business with the Federal Government

by Arnie Haiman

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
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HOBBY LOBBY AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: WHAT IT MEANS TO ALL OF US

by TJ Sullivan

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

by Ted Tymczyszyn

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

by Arnie Haiman

Press release, click below Arnie Haiman CCEP Press Release

Ethics: Conspicuous In Its Absence

by Ray Sheehan

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
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Ethics: Inconspicuous In Its Presence

by Ray Sheehan

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
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No Time for Scholarship

by Arnie Haiman

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
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Beware the Law . . . of Unintended Consequences

by Arnie Haiman

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
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