NYC cop killer apparently motivated by radical Islam

Former superintendent disputes critical audit findings

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  Education, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania auditor general’s office recently found nearly $20,000 in “questionable use of taxpayers’ funds” regarding a former school superintendent. Her lawyer disputes the report and says, “They have a culture of wanting to find mistakes and wrongdoing.”

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Ethical concerns surface within California Fish and Game Commission

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Energy and Environment, Ethics, Legislature, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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By Veronica Petersen | WatchdogWire.com
The California Fish and Game Commission usually is not a topic of everyday interest, but if you discuss important events while eating locally grown oysters, it’s time to start paying attention to the direction of the commission.
In December 2013, the National Shooting Sports Foundation issued a formal complaint in an attempt to open […]

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Pittsburgh’s hunt for a police chief drawing to a close

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  community, Ethics, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Pittsburgh’s drawn-out process to find a new chief of police – since the last one is now in federal prison – is nearly complete. After community meetings, a screening committee is now reviewing applications and the selection should be made by the end of September.

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‘Chris Christie slept here’ is state secret in New Jersey

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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“Chris Christie slept here” is not a historical marker. It’s a state secret in New Jersey, according to the governor’s lawyers. The attorney general’s office is trying to block release of records that identify which hotels Gov. Christie stayed while traveling on state business at taxpayers’ expense

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Conflicting rules create ethics conundrum for mortuary inspector

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania mortuary inspector caught up in conflicting regulations that left her at odds with the ethics commission. Why hiring practices need to conform to specific fields, to prevent these issues.

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Confidential report says discrimination, retaliation claims ‘lack merit’

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Colorado, Ethics, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
The former CFO for Colorado’s controversial Secretary of State Scott Gessler is claiming a hostile work environment and that she was demoted because she testified against her boss at an ethics hearing and in front of a grand jury.
But an outside investigation, obtained exclusively by Watchdog.org, determined that Heather Lizotte is […]

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