November 7, 2014
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued the 2013 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey. The survey contains summaries of eight cases prosecuted by the Department of Justice in 2013 involving the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. §§ 202-209 and related statutes).
As OGE's Director Walter Shaub has written about the importance of the annual prosecution survey:
||You might ask why OGE would focus on alleged ethical failures, given that OGE's primary mission to prevent conflicts of interest. The reason is that the survey illustrates the high standards to which federal employees are held and the potential consequences for the few found to have violated the public's trust.