Ethics: Trading on your Reputation

Debra Roth, partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., a federal employment law firm, joined Federal News Radio's Federal Drive program to discuss the implications of federal employees using information they learn on the job for their personal financial benefit. The interview is available here.

Excerpt: Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has opened the door to new questions about ethics among government workers. Durbin is facing allegations of insider trading for actions he took after a closed-door meeting on the bailout bill last year. A day after that meeting, Durbin sold more than $40,000 worth of mutual funds and bought nearly $50,000 in Berkshire Hathaway. The Senator, though, denies doing anything wrong. But when can someone on federal payrolls use the information they learn on-the-job for their personal benefit?

Source: Federal News Radio