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  1. Compliance and Conflicts in Tallahassee: The Organization Interest vs. The Public Interest

    Tallahassee takes a compliance approach to ethics. Its ethics code is aspirational, based on core values. Its ... an ethics program, it is important to look at what it is and how it differs from a traditional program. The most glaring difference is ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-01-02 09:33 - 0 comments

  2. Does Recusal Require Action and/or Words?

    ... deleted it. This is a reposting. What is recusal? More to the point, does the act of recusal require merely inaction, or action, or ... with conflicts to publicly disclose them. Really? How Other Cities Have Dealt with the Problem This issue is handled in a ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-10-05 16:11 - 3 comments

  3. The Carrigan Oral Argument: How to Deal with Vagueness

    Needless to say, last week's oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in the ... attorneys so often do). Carrigan participated, someone filed an ethics complaint, and the state ethics commission, which has jurisdiction ... In other words, it's up to the legislature to determine how it operates, as long as its rules are not discriminatory. Of course, here ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-05-04 11:57 - 5 comments

  4. How to Deal with a Conflict at the Center of a Conflict of Interest Program

    ... interesting conflict situation from Concord, NH. According to a recent article in the Concord Patch , a state representative filed ... that created the city's ethics program. Here is how the ethics program was conceived. The mayor and city manager nominated ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-07-17 08:15 - 2 comments

  5. How to Bring Power Brokers into a Government Ethics Program

    ... , raises some interesting questions. A paid consultant to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, she has never held public office. Nor has ... source. She may not technically be a lobbyist (I don't know how she explains her position with the Chamber of Commerce) or a restricted ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-11-19 19:20 - 0 comments

  6. How Many Hats Should a Law Enforcer Wear?

    ... an interesting ethical dilemma. In New York State, it used to be common for state troopers and local police officers to negotiate, ... serve as prosecutors anyway. What's interesting is how unpopular the State Police's attempt at acting ethically is. If the State ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-11-05 20:02 - 0 comments

  7. How Not to Run an Oversight Commission

    According to a column in today's New York Times and a visit to the New ... (BIC) website , the BIC provides three easy lessons in how not to run an oversight commission. The BIC has jurisdiction over the private waste ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-04-23 15:43 - 0 comments

  8. How to Identify and Prevent Pay to Play

    An article today in the New York Times describes a situation that sheds light on pay to play. It involves the Westchester County (NY) county executive, who ... understand what pay to play is, why it is problematic, or how to prevent it. According to critics, donors who have given ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-10-11 09:26 - 0 comments

  9. How to Plow Through the Appearance of Favoritism

    ... damaging kinds of preferential treatment is one that is hard to pin on any one individual:  public works work done for some, but not for ... more specifically GPS and online mapping. This is how, as of today, Chicago is dealing with suspicions that some areas of the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-01-17 13:52 - 0 comments

  10. What Makes a Conflict Problematic

    ... situation in Albuquerque presents an excellent opportunity to consider just what it is about conflicts that makes them problematic. ... They are simply speculations. Even the chair does not know how much she may be affected by her involvement with the FOP auxiliary or her ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-11-12 09:14 - 1 comment

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