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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Section 847 Ethics Requirements for Senior Defense Officials Seeking Employment with Defense Contractors

Categories: Defense/Military,Labor/Employment,Religion/Ethics

Finds that the Department of Defense has failed to comply with requirements of a 2008 law that called for monitoring and record keeping of DOD officials who move through the revolving door to employment with private sector defense contractors.  Offers recommendations for improvement.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense


Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2012, Statistical Tables

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Disability,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

Provides statistics on 293,000 nonfatal violent and property hate crime victimizations in the U.S. in 2012.  Tables also show changes in the number and rate of hate crime occurrences since 2003. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Concluding Observations on the Report Submitted by the Holy See … on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,United Nations

Criticizes the Catholic Church for greater concern about protecting the reputation of the church than protecting children from sexual abuse by some clergy.  Also objects to church teachings on abortion, gender equity, and homosexuality and refusal to open records to investigators. From the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child


Financial Assets and Conflict of Interest Regulation in the Executive Branch

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Lobbying,Religion/Ethics

Summarizes and analyzes the issues of conflicts of interest in federal law and regulation regarding officers and employees in the executive branch.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Virginia’s Ethics Rules for Public Officials: The Need for Reform

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Virginia Issues

Provides an overview of current ethics laws in Virginia especially the need for limits on gifts to elected officials and family and disclosure of those gifts, limits on how campaign contributions can be used, need for an independent ethics commission, and the lack of limits on campaign contributions.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Executive Order 2 (2014): Personnel Directive Prohibiting the Receipt of Certain Gifts …

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics,Virginia Issues

Bans the solicitation or receipt of gifts of more than $100 in value by members of the executive branch of the state government.   From the Office of the Governor


Executive Order 1 (2014): Equal Opportunity

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Disability,Elderly,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Virginia Issues,Women

Text of the executive order of Governor McAuliffe prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or disabilities.   From the Office of the Governor


Free Exercise of Religion by Secular Organizations and Their Owners: Implications for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Examines what rights secular for-profit businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, have to pursue legal claims related to protection of religious exercise.  Looks at cases relating to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement.  Also discusses significant examples of existing religious exemptions in current law, including employment nondiscrimination, health care, and public accommodations law.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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