Nearly every incoming Administration has pledged that its appointees will be subject to and will comply with the highest standards of ethical conduct. The Obama Administration, like the Clinton Administration, imposed additional ethics restrictions to close or narrow the “revolving door” between an Administration and the private sector, ostensibly to reduce the influence of lobbyists and lobbying firms on political appointees and civil servants. Regrettably, however, the current ethics regime, especially President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13490, dissuades many highly qualified candidates from serving. This is a disservice to the American people. Additionally, the current statutory, regulatory, and political framework governing presidential nominations and appointments similarly discourages the best and brightest from entering government service. Ethics and integrity in presidentially appointed officials is critical, but so is competence and experience. The stakes are too high to maintain the status quo and keep away from government many of the best problem solvers based on their experience in government, industry and lobbying firms. Join us as we discuss the problems and solutions contained in Heritage’s new special report with ethics attorney and expert Greg Walden.
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Gregory S. Walden
Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and former Associate Counsel to President George H.W. Bush
Charles "Cully" Stimson
Manager, National Security Law Program and Senior Legal Fellow