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Government Ethics

With So Many Ethics Laws, Why So Many Ethics Flaws?

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Ethics laws can stop some illegal behavior but they cannot produce ethical individuals. Ethics laws can assure greater transparency but they cannot, by themselves, produce greater trust.

Why Should We Believe Them This Time?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Over and over we have told ourselves, surely this latest attack on another country must have something to do with national security; surely our government has the big picture in mind and surely our government wouldn't put us in the same kind of fix yet again.

John Celock

Lawmakers Tackle 'Unprecedented' Last-Minute Move | John Celock | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

Utah legislators are rushing through a last-minute piece of legislation that would allow an independent investigation into the state's embattled attor...

Ethics Loophole Raises Concern

Center for Public Integrity | Nicholas Kusnetz | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

On October 26, 2011, the Illinois legislature passed a bill that authorized construction of a multi-billion-dollar smart grid and reshaped how utility...

Executive Branch Agencies Should Live by Their Own Standards

Patricia Harned | Posted 07.09.2012 | DC
Patricia Harned

This week is Public Service Recognition Week: a time to honor the men and women who serve our nation as government employees. But lately, the feeding frenzy surrounding scandals by federal employees will not go away.

New Ethics Rules: Bah, Humbug!

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

The size and scope of government means scandals like those at GSA and The Secret Service are inevitable. Simply making more rules won't end scandals -- that's impossible -- but may make government even less efficient.

John Celock

N.J. Lawmakers Propose Ethics Crackdown | John Celock | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

A pair of Republican lawmakers in New Jersey have proposed a new layer of ethics reform in an attempt to crack down on corruption in the historically ...

John Celock

New Jersey Tops Anti-Corruption List, Study Says | John Celock | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new study named a state known for government scandals and arrests as in the best position to prevent corruption. The State Integri...

Black Lawmakers Seek To Restrict Government Ethics Office

AP | BEN EVANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Stung by a series of inquiries, nearly half the members of the Congressional Black Caucus want to rein in an independent ethics off...

A Wall Street Kind of Scandal on Lexington Ky's Main Street

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The Lexington scandal helped me understand why some in the big city media were going easy on the Wall Street mess, while people like me, living in the heartland, are going crazy about their excesses.