A spinning door

by Staff

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."


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