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I am interested in getting some feedback on this point:
In a recent incident, there was perhaps no legal issue, but there was an undeniable perception that something unethical had occurred. What are your views on the thin red line between these points (i.e. "legal" and "perceived as unethical")

I saw on the web that Miami-Dade has a "cone of silence" rule (love the name), which prohibits contact with government personnel including elected officials while contract solicitation responses are under evaluation.

Ed Charbonneau

Has any one had any experience where the government unit has oursourced what would normally be considered a government activity and then imposed the government's ethics policy on the contractor?

By Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 12, 2006; A01

COGEL Task Force -- Local and Municipal Ethics Initiatives


CHAIR: Carla Miller, Ethics Officer, City of Jacksonville, Florida
VICE-CHAIR: John Steiner, Austin, TX Ethics Commission
Mark Davies, New York City Conflict of Interest Board
Helen Valkavich, City of San Antonio, TX
Robert Meyers, Miami/Dade Ethics Commission
Leeann Pelham, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission


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