New Interior ethics policy explained

Thursday - 9/2/2010, 9:31am EDT

Debra Roth, partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth

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Sex scandals, conflicts of interest, and the BP oil spill have all plagued the Minerals Management Service over the past few years. But now, under a new name, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the agency has enacted a new ethics policy. The rules will bar federal inspectors from dealing with companies that employ family members or personal friends. Debra Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth.