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Ex-SEC Lawyer on Madoff Case Should Face Probe, Watchdog Says

A former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer who handled Bernard Madoff’s legal matters for the agency should face a criminal investigation, the SEC’s top watchdog said Tuesday. Recently, it was revealed David Becker, formerly SEC general counsel, was allowed to work on the Madoff case despite inheriting profits by liquidating …

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OGE Rule Would Ban Lobbyist Gifts to Fed Workers

A proposed rule from the Office of Government Ethics would require federal employees to refuse all gifts from lobbyists and lobbying firms. The OGE released the rule for comment in the Sept. 13 Federal Register, extending the rule to employees not considered political appointees. Under current policy, federal employees cannot …

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HHS Finalizes Conflict of Interest Rules for NIH

The Department of Health and Human Services finalized its conflict of interest rules Tuesday, requiring investigators at the National Institutes of Health to disclose all significant financial interests related to their responsibilities. The new rules also lower the threshold at which significant financial interests require disclosure, down to $5,000 from …

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DoD Scales Back Conflict-of-interest Rules

The Defense Department is scaling back a tough, new conflict-of-interest rule for some contracts, including those for IT and professional services. According to a final rule, published in the Federal Register, only major weapons systems contracts and systems engineering and technical assistance will be subject to stricter standards. Those new …

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