Obama Waiving

The Hill reports that a few more waivers to President Obama’s ethics executive order have been dispensed from on high (Norm Eisen).

The waivers were provided for Jocelyn Frye, director of policy and projects in the Office of the First Lady, and Cecilia Munoz, director of intergovernmental affairs in the executive office of the president. The two waivers were announced on the White House blog Tuesday evening, which said the exceptions were granted under a “public interest” exemption of the executive order on ethics.

Could the White House Blog’s entryannouncing the waivers, “Ethics Update,” been more accurately entitled “President Obama’s Latest Waiver of Ethics Update”?  One of the waivers provides:

After consultation with the Counsel to the President, I hereby waive the requirements of paragraph 2 and 3 of the Ethics Pledge of Ms. Jocelyn Frye.  I have determined that it is in the public interest to grant the waiver because Ms. Frye’s expertise in the areas in which she acted as a registered lobbyist is essential to her service in the Office of the First Lady.  In understand that Ms. Frye will otherwise comply with the remainder of the pledge and with all preexisting government ethics rules.


Special Counsel to the President and Designated Agency Ethics Official

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