Propriety of Hiring Member of City Council as Congressional Staff Member

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-01-12.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                       COMPTROL,LER GENERA.L, OF 'THE UNllEO STATES
                                                    WASH[NGTON, D.C. 2.0548

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              'l'he H()11(:rrable Norman D. DiGk$
              HouSrB of Represtnta ti V~$

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                            1s made to your letter of December 19. 1976. ~~g$rdin~
              the proposed hiring of               " a member of the City Council of
              Tacoma. Waahincton. •• a member of your staff. You state that
              recei"... eou:&pnsation as a t'0sult of his m_barshii! on tbe Counc.il ,a-nd
              inquire if thare 1s • prohibition against hit1na a pe~son ~~o is Ofi the
              payroll of &1lI)thf!t ~overnment agenc.y or .simply on an~ther payroll.

                      We have   e~ned     the   p~ovisiuns    of Chapter      11~1tl~   18,     Unit~d
              State. Code, and Memorandum of Attomey ~e-~eral RI!&ardin~:~5!6n.flict of
              Inter•• t Provisions of Public Law 87-849, February 1; 1963. snd find
              no iruiicat:ion tbat the. hirin.g of            as a 1Dembe-r af you.r $tnff
              while receiving C01ntHm.,sation as a membel' of tbe 1:'acouta Ci t.y Council
              would   b~   improper.

                     In general. a conflict of inte~e$t exists only where an officer
              or c:mployee represellts at' /acts as agent .fo:t ~ party in connection with
              A matter in. mien the Unit~d Stat4l!!$ has an in.terest or is a party.               In
              add! tioD. • .a.!i officer or (lIflployee DU1Yi not solici t"',.'()r receive c.ompensation
              other tUn his r~gular salary for Q~y services rendered by him i.n
              C.ODltfI\Ctiou wi tb matters in }j;jhich the Uni ted Stat:~s has an interest or is ; "
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              a part!.. W. a:l'e unaware of any gene'X'al prohihition against an -officer
              or   "~lo1ee r~ceiving      outside compensation 30 lOl1g as the          r~cei~t       of
              tbl,t compensation '\Ii'Ould not affect the perfonnatlce. of his official duty.

                   In closing we point out that the ahove opinion is ad:'\risory, as the
              ~.p4t'tment of Justic.e has the r.esponaibility for ada'lillistering th~
              provi.ions of Ti tl€ 1St Uni ted States Code. Therefore, we suggest that
              you contact the Attorney General for 4 defini tive :'f.ntetllretation of the


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