Biden’s sweeping ethics order stops short of full reform

President Biden signed new sweeping ethics rules, but waivers remain a loophole, and watchdog groups say the pledge stops short of full reform.

Under the new order, executive branch officials must pledge not to lobby their former agency for two years, but waivers can be issued if “it is in the public interest.”

The decision falls to the Office of Management and Budget, led by Director Neera Tanden, a non-Senate confirmed appointee. Tanden, as the head of the liberal Center American Progress and its political arm, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, raised millions from Silicon Valley and Big Tech firms.
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