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The STOCK Act, the revolving door, the reverse revolving door: these are the reasons why the Office of Government Ethics is being more aggressive in its training of federal employees. Over the last year, OGE has offered 238 percent more training courses and hours then the year before. In part two of their interview, Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, told Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how OGE is managing through this volatile environment.
The Office of Government Ethics says the Veterans Affairs Department needs to expand the legal team responsible for ensuring employees follow government ethics rules. The team has just 19 people, in a department of more than 342,000.
Most members of the military become steeped in ethics and professionalism from the outset. But in an organization as large as the Defense Department, bad apples will sometimes turn up. Recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel appointed Navy Rear Adm. Peg Klein as his senior advisor for military professionalism, looking across all of the armed services. She gives Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive an inside look at her job.
As the military's nuclear force suffers from a widespread cheating scandal, leaders promise to crack down on ethics. Not just for the rank-and-file but also for their commanders. CACI International Chairman Jack London has written a new book, "Character: The Ultimate Success Factor." In it, he reflects on the ethics lessons his company learned from being implicated in one of the biggest scandals of the Iraq War.
Like all U.S. citizens, federal employees' rights are protected under the First Amendment. But when their private lives conflict with their agency's mission, it's another story. DHS employee Ayo Kimathi's racist website is a case in point.
James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, said the 17-agency community is trying not to repeat lessons of past cuts that hampered analytical capabilities. Clapper also issued a new IC-wide code of ethics and made a key change to the security clearance form.
With President Barack Obama's second inauguration - along with the flurry of balls, receptions and other related ceremonies - just weeks away, the Office of Government Ethics has issued new guidance to agency ethics officials.
A Government Accountability Office report found the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency need to do a better job managing their employees under Title 42.
The Customs and Border Protection directorate wants to weed out agents who "go bad" years into their careers, using more lie detector tests. Background checks at the Transportation Security Administration have kept more than 5,000 potentially bad actors from joining the TSA workforce. At Immigration and Customs Enforcement, leaders emphasize the importance of employee outreach and education to prevent corruption.
Tags: corruption , oversight , management , ICE , CBP , DHS , Thomas Winkowski , James Duncan , Timothy Moynihan , Michael McCaul , House Homeland Security Committee , Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management , Ruben Gomez
Jaime Gracia is industry co-chair of the Better Government IT Working Group and President and CEO of Seville Government Consulting.