NYT Must Read: Homeland Security Revolving DoorTweet
June 17, 2006
New York Times� Eric Lipton has an excellent article on line today about Department of Homeland Security officials who went on to �sell� their expertise to companies seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in Department contracts including Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, and General Electric.
An ethics officer reminds us that all this �is permissible under the law,� and that it is unfair to �tar people� by questioning the ethics of their cashing in on their government service. Is it? There are plenty of jobs to be had that don�t involve making millions of dollars out of the American taxpayers' check book.
The article helpfully points out that the U.S. Office of Government Ethics approved a request from �senior department officials� to split the department into seven components so that, �Once in the private sector, most former department officials were prohibited for one year from lobbying the same component where they once worked.� Even with underlings to do the lobbying for them, high level officials still could not wait a year before cashing in.
Who would you rather have running your Department of Homeland Security?
a) A guy with his hand on the door knob and eye on his checking account; or
b) Someone who plans to stick around for the long haul of protecting the U.S. from its enemies and the threats it faces.
Director of Investigations, POGO
At the time of publication, Beth Daley was the Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.
Authors: Beth Daley