As a public service for the President-elect, and maybe for the rest of us as well, I would like to offer the following for our collective consideration. This is excerpted from the United States Office of Government Ethics’ website and presents some information on how executive branch employees must avoid conflicts of interest in the execution of their governmental duties, so as not to be disqualified from working on such matters.
Financial Conflicts of Interest:
The public may lose confidence in the integrity of Government if it perceives that an employee’s Government work is influenced by personal interests or by payments from an outside source. An executive branch employee’s Government work may have the potential to benefit the employee personally, affect the financial interests of the employee’s family, or involve individuals or organizations with which the employee has some past, present, or future connection away from the employee’s Government job. Separately, an employee might be offered a payment from a non-Federal source, such as a former employer, either before or after entering Government. Accordingly:
# An employee may be disqualified from working on a particular Government matter.
# An employee may be prohibited from holding specified property.
# An employee may be prohibited from accepting a payment from a non-Federal source.
Employees Entering Government:
Individuals who join the executive branch may be required to take actions, either before becoming an employee or shortly thereafter, in order to comply with ethics laws and regulations concerning conflicting financial interests and impartiality.
Current Government Employees:
Executive branch employees have a continuing obligation to take the actions necessary to comply with ethics laws and regulations concerning conflicting financial interests and impartiality.
I know that the Donald will probably seek out and receive more profe$$ional advice on how to deal with this matter, but I offer this information freely.
P.S. After nearly six months in office, the so-called President clearly prefers his own advice (see Washington Post, 7/14). Oh, the current Director of the Office of Government Ethics will be resigning at the end of the month. I wonder why? I will not be posting a blog on Monday, but will return on Wednesday, July 19.