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White House Will Screen Appointees Seeking Outside Employment


The White House recently instructed all federal agencies that the Counsel to the President must now screen all requests by Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees seeking approval to leave the government for employment in the private sector. The White House said that the new rule is required to balance senior appointees' financial interests with the integrity of the appointees' service to the President, which agency ethics officials are not always able to do because they lack an “administration-wide perspective.”

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