News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part I a
FDA Officials Scully & McClellan Violate Common Ethics
PT. I a - HOME PAGE
PT. I a - CONTENTS
--- BUSH-HATERS?
GEORGE BUSH
--- No Mandate!
--- Basic Dishonesty
--- Documented Lies
------ And More Lies
------ on Education
------ on Small Bus.
------ On Medicare
--- Limited Worldview
--- Arrogance
--- Ignorance
--- Real Agendas
--- Anti-Choice Dogma
--- 20 Questions
THE RADICAL RIGHT
------ Relig. Oppos'n
--- John Ashcroft
--- Dick Cheney
--- Spreading AIDS
--- 10 Commandments
--- Far-Right Terrorists
WAR AGAINST WOMEN
--- Global Gag Rule
THE RADICAL RIGHT . . is ANTI-REPUBLICAN
........says a Republican
--- Conservative Revolt
CONSERVATIVE BIAS in the MEDIA
------ Fox Network
--- Liberals Fight Back
--- Now, Liberal Radio
------ Al F. vs. Rush L.
------ Timing Is Ripe
BUSH ADMINISTRAT'N
--- 50 Lies of Admin.
------ Pt. 1. Strategy
------ Pt. 2. Language
------ Pt. 3. Targets
------ Pt. 4. Programs
--- Inflexibility
--- Secretiveness
------ EPA and FDA
--- Orwellian Aspects
--- Demoniz'g Oppon'ts
--- Silencing Democrats
--- Corporate Influence
--- Not Protect'g Public
------ Few Regulations
--- Destroying Medicare
--- Attacking Unions
--- Bad Fiscal Policy
------ Deficit Lies
--- Looting the Future
--- Iraq Policies
------ "Fog Machine"
--- Radio Free Europe
--- Wilson Leak
------ Swept Under Rug
--- "Compassionate"??
BUSH ADMINISTRATION is ANTI- STATES' RIGHTS
--- Environment
--- Church vs. State
--- Gay Marriage
--- Predatory Lenders
BUSH ADMIN. vs. SCIENCE
DEPT. of AGRICULTURE
-- Mad Cow Disease
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
--- Illegally Influenced
FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION
--- Corruption in FDA
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
--- Anti States' Rights
------ Assisted Suicide
------ Death Penalty
--- Overriding Judges
-- Now, Secret Trials
FEDERAL BUREAU of INVESTIGATION
--- Surveillance
--- vs. Bush Opponents
BUSH AND THE COURTS
--- Judge Choice Crucial
------ Judicial Nominees
------ Republican Lies
--- Ashcroft Interferes
--- Expand DNA Dbase?
2004 CAMPAIGN
--- Financing Tricks
--- Corruption in Cong.
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' Scully, who was the Bush administration's point man on the recently passed Medicare prescription-drug bill, was at the same time discussing job offers from various interested parties.
 
Under a criminal law on conflict of interest (18 U.S.C. 208), generally you cannot work in your Government job on a matter that would affect the financial interest of someone with whom you are discussing possible employment.
 
... But the regulatory prohibition described above may be ignored simply by acquiring a government-issued waiver, as Scully did. '
                                              --Timothy Noah, Slate

Slate

Revolving-Door Bingo
Guess Tom Scully's market worth.
By Timothy Noah
Posted Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at 1:06 PM PT

To read the complete article, click on-- http://slate.msn.com/id/2091986/ [This link was found on the Slate website through a Google search on 3/22/04]

Excerpt--

Thomas Scully is administrator of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In the Dec. 3 New York Times, Robert Pear reported that Scully, who was the Bush administration's point man on the recently passed Medicare prescription-drug bill, was at the same time discussing job offers from various interested parties. Scully told the Times that his multitasking complied with governmentwide ethics regulations for departing officials. Sad to say, he's probably right. Here's what it says in "Understanding the Revolving Door," a pamphlet put out by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics:

Under a criminal law on conflict of interest (18 U.S.C. 208), generally you cannot work in your Government job on a matter that would affect the financial interest of someone with whom you are discussing possible employment. The Standards of Ethical Conduct for Executive Branch Employees (5 C.F.R. part 2635) have a similar rule that applies even before employment discussions begin, and may apply even when you have just sent a resume.

Sounds tough, doesn't it? But the law on conflict of interest is extremely porous (at least in practice), and the regulatory prohibition described above may be ignored simply by acquiring a government-issued waiver, as Scully did.

 

Acting on what was either an admirable spirit of openness or a canny desire to intensify the bidding war, Scully named for the Times the three law firms and two private investment firms that have extended job offers. All of them represent companies affected by the Medicare bill ...

But what kind of money are we talking about? The Times quotes lawyers and lobbyists saying Scully could easily quintuple his current salary of $134,000. ...

http://politics.slate.msn.com/id/2091986/ 

The Progress Report
December 4, 2003
 
by David Sirota, Christy Harvey and Judd Legum
 
 
Excerpt--
 
FDA COMMISH ACCEPTING DRUG INDUSTRY AWARD:   Yesterday, it was revealed that the architect of the White House's Medicare bill, Tom Scully, was pursuing a job with the HMO and drug industries at the very same time he was pushing for passage of the legislation that gives billions to those industries.   And now today, the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) reports that FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan will be accepting an "award" from the American Council on Science and Health - a front group for "food, drug and other companies" that gets its funding from "Abbott Lab oratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Dow Corning, Kraft, Merck, Monsanto, NutraSweet Co., and Pfizer." The award is to be presented to McClellan by right-wing journalist John StosselCSPI's Michael F. Jacobson said the drug industry front group giving McClellan the award "seems to be raising money from corporations by peddling access to a government regulator." He said, "If Dr. McClellan would feel queasy about accepting an award from a drug company directl y, he shouldn't accept one indirectly through ACSH—a deceptively packaged front group." ...
 
REIMPORTATION MALARKEY:    It is possible that one of the reasons McClellan is getting the award is because of his tireless efforts to eliminate House- and Senate-approved provisions permitting the importation of FDA-approved prescription drugs from Canada – provisions the drug companies vigorously opposed. ...  Of course, Knight-Ridder reports that, when pressed, "FDA officials can't name a single American who has been injured or killed by drugs bought from licensed Canadian pharmacies." Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) recently questioned FDA officials about the number of Americans who have died after taking drugs shipped from Canada. "It's a nic e round number - it's zero," said Gutknecht ...
 
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