Director of the Office of Government Ethics: Who Is Walter Shaub, Jr.?

Sunday, June 24, 2012
A new ethics watchdog for federal employees is on the way. Walter M. Shaub, Jr., was nominated by President Obama on May 24 to serve a five-year term as Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), succeeding Robert I. Cusick, Jr., whose term expired. OGE is an independent agency that aims to prevent conflicts of interest on the part of U.S. government employees, and works to resolve those conflicts if they occur. OGE also participates in developing ethics programs for the government’s anti-corruption foreign policy initiatives. Shaub’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which has yet to schedule a hearing.
Born in 1971 in Virginia, Shaub earned a B.A. in History from James Madison University in 1993 and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in 1996. Starting his legal career as a government attorney, Shaub served as a staff attorney at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Baltimore-Washington Regional Counsel’s office from 1997 to 1998, at the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services from 1998 to 2000, and at the VA’s Central Office from 2000 to 2001. Shaub first worked for OGE from 2001 to 2004, leaving for the private sector to practice at the Washington, DC, law firm of Shaw, Bransford, Veilleux and Roth, where he focused on federal employment law until 2006.
Shaub has served at OGE continuously since 2006, specifically as a supervisory attorney from 2006 to 2008 and as deputy general counsel since 2008. At the same time, Shaub has been the designated chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer for OGE.
Shaub contributed $500 to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
 -Matt Bewig
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Kat 4 years ago
Your department is sorely needed,especially today. Ethics should be taught before kindergarten! Thanks for your service.
marvin 4 years ago
Yeah, you are not ethical. You are a Fat Bastard. You are a left-wing radical, trotskyite, leninist and socialist. You were appointed to the position by a criminal, you gave Obama $500 to his election. Why don't you say so. You would never have been appointed to that position had it not been for a criminal, Obama. He knew you were a left-wing radical.
Carolyn 4 years ago
Thank heavens he is leaving; he would do his best to undermine Trump. Obama has all of his puppets under his thumb, and we need to get rid of them in our government. Obama nearly ruined the U.S. and should probably go to jail.
Carol 4 years ago
A thousand times Thank You for what you do, and how you do it. We are for you, and with you, in these difficult times. Please remember this. Respectfully, Carol Pinneker
Barbara Cerrone 4 years ago
Bravo for standing up to Mick Mulvaney and the Trump administration's efforts to control and thwart the mission of the OGE. Rest assured - the American people are watching to see who will stand up to such insidious and unethical pressure. Thank you to your department and to you in particular for your service.
Karen manning 4 years ago
As a proud citizen of the USA I would like to thank you for standing up for ethics in government when too many are afraid to do so. It shows that you have a very strong moral compass and this country needs that now.
Jules Hollahite 4 years ago
Wow. The Democrat Party is sinking to new lows. Before DT even becomes a government employee, you people on the left are trying to make mountains out of molehills, while ignoring the Everests and Kilimanjaros in your own back yard. ETHICS VIOLATIONS?! Where were you when Bill Clinton had a blow job in the Oval Office? ... when Obama turned the White House into his own private mosque? ... when Hillary STOLE furniture from the White House? ... when Obama paid MILLIONS of dollars to our enemies as ransom for four Americans? ... when Obama became STINKIN' RICH on a government salary? ... when Michelle O hired her mother at an astronomical salary to the taxpayers and put her on a pension for life for being a nanny to her own grandchildren? ... and the never-ending list of ethics violations in the Obama Administration.
Carol Freeland 4 years ago
I applaud your articulate and calm explanations on the duties of your department and this administrations lack of compliance or appreciation. I support your efforts competely and urge action on keeping the pressure of this administration to comply with the law, i.e. Conways promotion of young Trump's clothing line. Thank you for your hard work and ethics.
sharon talley 4 years ago
I urge you to maintain strong ethical standards and to speak openly about all of President Trump's activities. Please continue the standards that have been traditionally posed to all individuals holding public office.
donald glover 4 years ago
Our future president is not an employee.. Get over it dummy.There are millions of "gov employees". Work for the folks under your purview.

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