The Revolving Door: Are Our Ethics Showing?
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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This study attempts to establish if a conflict of interest exists for Department of Defense officers who leave DOD and take jobs with the defense industry. The term Revolving Door is used by Congress and the media to describe their concern that former DOD officers have obtained personal gain as a result of their previous government positions. The study identifies the population susceptible to the Revolving Doors potential for conflict of interest, what standards of conduct they must comply with to avoid conflict of interest, what variances, if any exist to those standards. The study concludes no wholesale conflict of interest can be established solely because former DOD officers accept employment with defense industry. However, improprieties in post-DOD employment reporting give rise to an appearance of conflict. The author recommends DOD emphasize education of individual responsibility for compliance and pursue penalty for clear violations.
- Sociology and Law
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations