Oversight Hearing on Investigating the Culture of Corruption at the Department of the Interior, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigatons of the Committee on Natural Resources, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourtheenth Congress, Second Session, May 24, 2016 [open pdf - 963KB]
This testimony compilation is from the May 24, 2016 hearing, "Oversight Hearing on Investigating the Culture of Corruption at the Department of the Interior," before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Natural Resources. From the prepared statement of Edward Keable: "The DEO [Department Ethics Office] audits bureau ethics programs. Using the information from these audits, from OIG [Office of Inspector General] reports, and from day-to-day engagements DEO staff has with clients and bureau ethics professionals, the DEO continually looks for opportunities to improve the Department's ethics program. Some examples of improvements that the Department has made to its ethics program in recent years include: the establishment of a full-time deputy ethics counselors (DEC) in every bureau at the GS-14 level or higher; elevating the reporting level of the DECs in the bureaus; increasing training opportunities for both ethics professionals and employees generally; increasing the organizational ties between the DEO and the bureau ethics programs; and strengthening recusal processes, financial disclosure, and advice and counseling processes. The DEO maintains a general supervisory role in relation to the bureau ethics programs, has review and concurrence authority for the hiring the DECs, sets the performance standards for the DECs, and has input in the performance ratings of the DECs. The constructive relationship between DEO and OIG is critical to the success of both organizations. The Interior DAEO has access to the OIG for referral of possible ethics breaches. The OIG investigators have access to the DEO staff as subject-matter experts in OIG investigations that touch on ethics issues. Relationships like these, between these critically important offices, serve to strengthen the Department's ethics program. The Department is committed to promoting a culture of ethics within the Department and to providing its employees with a strong ethics program. I look forward to any insights Members of the Subcommittee might have to assist the Department in meeting these important goals." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward Keable and Mary Kendall.
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