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Wanted: One ethical person... and Rumsfeld on your iPod

This from this morning's Today's Papers on Slate.com:

The WSJ's Washington Wire (following the Post) notes that the Office of Government Ethics, an executive branch office charged with "preventing conflicts of interest on the part of Government employees," has a position open: Its directorship. Must be a really tough gig though. They haven't found a taker for two years.

I am not expert, but 'government ethics' seems to be a bit of a problem these days largely because there are no set rules. FCW Media Group Anne Armstrong opined on this subject recently and it is an interesting read. I have not done extensive reporting on the subject, but from what I have read, the rules can even change from agency to agency. It seems the patchwork of rules leaves people guessing. Perhaps the new person -- if there ever is one -- will deal with this.

Other items from the WSJ's Washington column:

GUESS WHO'S COMING? Deputy Pentagon chief England, leading budget review, invites defense contracting executives to dinner to prepare them for soon-to-be-announced cuts. England, a former industry official will dine Monday with heads of Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, among others.

and then get your Rumsfeld Podcast:
Fans of Rumsfeld's press briefings can download audio "podcasts" onto MP3 players at www.defenselink.mil

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Dec 02, 2005 at 12:15 PM


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