Independent agencies, especially those with lots of money to spend
and contracts to enter into, require not just ethics policies, but a
comprehensive, independent ethics program. This rarely acknowledged
fact has been made clear once again by an external audit of an
agency that proved completely unable to self-regulate its officials'
and employees' conflicts of interest. The agency is the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
front-page article in yesterday's New York Times provides an
excellent portrait of a government official who, although doing much
good work, made it all about himself and those with whom he has
special relationships. Although his misconduct caught up with him
only when it took the form of the alleged sexual harassment of his...
Update: Counsel for the Housing Authority informed me that it was the Authority board, through him, that originally notified HUD of problems, and that another counsel was involved in some of the relevant transactions. Therefore, I have made some changes to the original post.
Ethics Code Amendment Without a Scandal
Sometimes conflict situations, when they are handled responsibly,
lead to changes in an ethics code. This happened recently in Prince
William County, Virginia, according to an
article on the insidenova.com website.
A county supervisor wanted to give $100,000 of his
discretionary funds to his...
A Complex School Board Conflict Situation
Should someone closely associated with an organization that has been awarded a sizeable preschool contract be prevented from sitting on a school board when the
contract was not with the school board? That is
one of the questions raised by an
article this week in the Connecticut Post. The Bridgeport, CT school...
It's Attack the Ethics Commission week once again, this time in New
York State. According to an
April 16 article in the Albany Times-Union, a mayor from one
party filed a complaint against the deputy majority leader of the
New York Senate, who is a member of the other party. The complaint
is included below the article, and a...