Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Applicant disclosure is an effective part of local government ethics
that is usually ignored. Usually it is officials who are required to
disclose potential conflicts of interest, either in the form of annual
disclosure statements, revised when circumstances change, or in the
form of announcements that they have a potential conflict and are
withdrawing from involvement in a matter.
The principal burden should be on officials, but placing an additional
burden on applicants -- such as...