House Democrats Look to Crack Down on Feds With Conflicts of Interest, Ethics Violations

Government Executive | January 04, 2019

House Democrats Look to Crack Down on Feds With Conflicts of Interest, Ethics Violations
Federal employees who pass through the revolving door with the private sector and engage in other actions that could present conflicts of interest would come under intensified scrutiny in a slew of reforms House Democrats introduced on Friday aimed at boosting ethics oversight in government. The new House majority put forward the For the People Act (H.R. 1) as its first legislative priority, after the more immediate concern of reopening the full government. The package involves an array of issues House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said were critical to “restoring integrity in government,” such as voting rights access and campaign finance changes. It would also place new restrictions on federal workers before, during and after their government service, with special obligations for senior officials and the president.

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We were kind of shocked at the idea that if we were too sick to work we’d end up on the street. We’d not thought about that before - in Australia if we get sick not only is our healthcare paid for, but if we were too sick to work, the government pays us enough to live on. So income insurance or disability insurance isn’t something I’d had to think about before.

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We were kind of shocked at the idea that if we were too sick to work we’d end up on the street. We’d not thought about that before - in Australia if we get sick not only is our healthcare paid for, but if we were too sick to work, the government pays us enough to live on. So income insurance or disability insurance isn’t something I’d had to think about before.

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