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  1. Summer Reading: Richard Painter on Ethics Reform I

    Richard W. Painter's Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference (Oxford U.P., 2009) may be about the ... subject to ethics rules." Painter advocates what he calls "default rules," that is ethics rules that apply to contractors, but which can ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-09-12 08:03 - 0 comments

  2. The Economic Crisis - Public vs. Private Interests Once Again

    ... economic crisis provides an important opportunity for government ethics professionals. It takes our eyes out of the trees -- ... It means the public sector must come back not just in the default mode when the private sector fails, but actively and constructively so ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-09-23 07:49 - 0 comments

  3. Settlement Agreements

    Most local government ethics codes do not explicitly deal with settlement agreements, but most state ... some states (and at least one city) make settlement the default or preferred approach. Arkansas’ code requires a written Offer of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-14 14:49 - 0 comments

  4. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Approach to Ethics

    ... of interest is no interest. This is true at any level of government. If you don’t want to know, you are responsible. If you don’t ... in the public interest. Don’t ask, don’t tell is the default setting for municipal ethics. And it’s the worst conflict of interest ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-04-20 09:13 - 0 comments

  5. City Ethics Support

    ... style to notify your visitors of downloadable content and files. To use this style, enclose your text within the following html: <p ... the full URL in this example to the path would still be node/7. Usually different user roles are given permission to use different ...

    DonMc - 2015-04-28 15:55

  6. Drupal post typography

    ... style to notify your vistors of downloadable content and files. To use this style, enclose your text within the following html: <p ... style to notify your vistors of downloadable content and files. To use this style, enclose your text within the following html: <p ...

    DonMc - 2010-01-22 11:24 - 0 comments

  7. The Perils of Nepotism

    ... . The review made me think differently about nepotism, a government ethics issue that is usually considered rather minor. Some ... strength of patrimonial groups. Tribalism ... remains a default form of political organization, even after a modern state has ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-04-23 11:10 - 0 comments

  8. Nudging and Government Ethics

    I've been writing a lot about government ethics and behavioral psychology over the last few years. I consider some of ... with a choice, we are more likely than not to go with a default option, be that a mobile ringtone or a pension plan. Yes, nudging is ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-12-11 12:23 - 0 comments

  9. A Miscellany

    ... good when a high-level elected official gets a job with the government while in office or soon after leaving office. It looks like he got ... inspector general. Failure to report will be considered a default on their contract. This is good news. It is important to get ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-02-11 10:54 - 0 comments

  10. Government Ethics and the Limits of Mental Bandwidth

    ... scarcity of issues that fit on one's plate. That is, neither government officials nor the public are capable of dealing with more than a ... example, if an employee does not choose a pension plan, a default plan is chosen for him. The employee can opt out, but inaction will not ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-09-23 11:32 - 0 comments

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