Ethics and Leadership

2014 Ethics Reform in Virginia

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Nearly 40 state and local officials, alumni, students, and faculty joined Virginia Issues & Answers (VIA) and the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs on January 15 in Richmond, Va., for a panel discussion that provided a critical review of the key themes in ethics reform proposals under consideration during the 2014 Virginia General Assembly [...]

Ethics Reforms in the States

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Peggy Kerns has been the director of the Center for Ethics in Government at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in Denver since 1999. Prior to NCSL, she was deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. From 1989 to 1997, she served [...]

Ethics Reform Legislation: The Federal Experience and the Commonwealth of Virginia

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Generous campaign contributions, elaborate gifts, luxury travel, and concerns over undue influence in government were all prominent elements of an ethics scandal that rocked the federal government about a decade ago. That scandal resulted in disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff receiving a sentence of six years in federal prison pursuant to guilty pleas of mail fraud, [...]