For Immediate Release
April 2, 2014
DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell
CA – Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) issued the following statement upon the release of the Department of Defense Inspector General’s report about the Defense Department’s compliance with creating a reliable database of ethics opinions of senior officials seeking employment with defense contractors. The Department of Defense is not complying with legal requirements to issue and retain ethics opinions for senior government officials and officers that go on to work for government contractors, according to the report.
“The IG finds the revolving door database required by law is so incomplete it can’t even receive a failing grade. I am disturbed the Pentagon is willfully violating the law and thumbing its nose to Congressional intent to protect the integrity of our defense procurement system,” said Congresswoman Speier. “Even the few existing records were inaccurate and incomplete. The Pentagon has not performed its most basic duty to show they are preventing conflicts of interest and self-dealing in the military industrial complex. This database must be made public so the Pentagon can be held accountable.”
Congresswoman Speier requested the DoD IG report in an amendment to the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.