House Democratic leaders have reintroduced (HR-244) legislation offered in the prior Congress to tighten ethical restrictions regarding movement between federal employment and the private sector. The bill would:
* Prohibit a federal employee from accepting a bonus from a former private sector employer for entering government service.
* Prohibit senior government officials from lobbying the agencies they worked at for two years after they leave federal employment, instead of the current one year.
* Expand prohibitions that prevent certain former officials who were responsible for specified government contracts from receiving compensation from a participating contractor, contractor’s affiliate, or subcontractor.
* Prohibit a procurement officer in the federal government from working for a company that received a contract overseen by the procurement officer during the officer’s last two years in government service.