A spinning door
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Dan Beard isn't
happy with former agency colleague Joe Hall. Eight months after
resigning as the number two official at the bureau, Hall was hired
as a $95-per-hour consultant by the Northern Colorado Water
Conservancy District, reports The Denver Post. According to federal
ethics law, former top officials must abstain from making "advocacy
contacts or representations to" the agency that employed them for
one year after leaving a job. Conservancy District manager Eric
Wilkinson said Hall was hired because the district hopes to buy
four reservoirs now owned by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Commissioner Beard commented, "There is such a thing as a federal
revolving-door policy. It seems like the door is revolving a little
fast in this case ... It makes me uncomfortable."