One Foot Out the Door

Posted April 8, 2008 at 6:29pm

Perhaps anticipating a mass exodus of Members and their aides, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct issued a refresher Tuesday on the House rules restricting post-Capitol Hill employment options.

“The purpose of this memorandum is to acquaint you with key issues of concern to departing Members and officers of the House of Representatives,” read the memorandum addressed to Members, while a separate document discussed rules governing House aides.

[IMGCAP(1)]In addition to illustrating what Members and aides can and cannot do — “Member B retires to become governor of his state. B may immediately lobby Congress on behalf of his state,” reads one example — the ethics committee included a reference chart covering potential future employers and government contacts, including former colleagues, the executive branch, and foreign and state governments.

The document follows a March 28 release reminding Members of the rules for “Negotiating for Future Employment” while in office.

— Jennifer Yachnin