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This program will both examine the existing ethical requirements governing federal contractors and consider some of the efforts underway to impose additional restrictions on contractors and their employees. It will begin by giving an overview of the rise of government contracting in the last several decades and the increasingly critical role played by contractors. It will then draw a contrast between the extensive ethical rules governing federal employees and the relatively sparse rules governing federal contractors.

Though there are legitimate reasons for this disparity, as contractors generally perform different functions than civil servants and require additional flexibility, the gap has led to efforts to ramp up ethical restrictions on federal contractors in recent years. The presentation will conclude by exploring several of these efforts, including pending rules that would govern personal conflicts of interest and access to sensitive governmental information.
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Reeve T. Bull, Research Chief
Administrative Conference of the United States

Image result for Reeve T. Bull, Research Chief Administrative Conference of the United StatesReeve T. Bull is the Research Chief of the Administrative Conference of the United States. Prior to assuming the role of Research Chief, Mr. Bull served as Staff Counsel to the Committees on Regulation, Judicial Review, and Administration & Management. Mr. Bull has worked on projects related to international regulatory cooperation, the use of science by administrative agencies, presidential review of agency rulemaking, cost-benefit analysis, government contractor ethics, and e-rulemaking, amongst other things. Mr. Bull was the In-House Researcher for the Federal Advisory Committee Act and Government in the Sunshine Act projects, and his reports served as the basis for ACUS Recommendations 2011-7 and 2014-2, respectively. Mr. Bull has also served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University Law School, teaching a course on Legislation and Statutory Interpretation. Mr. Bull is the Co-Chair of the ABA Administrative Law Section’s E-Rulemaking Committee, and he sits on the Advisory Board of the Administrative Law Review. Mr. Bull has published extensively on numerous topics in the fields of administrative law and regulation, including articles appearing in the Administrative Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems.

Mr. Bull attended law school at Duke University, where he graduated with highest honors and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He was one of two recipients of the Willis Smith Award for compiling the most outstanding academic record in the graduating class and the recipient of the James S. Bidlake Memorial Award for achieving the highest grade in his first year legal writing section. Mr. Bull also served as a Note Editor on the Duke Law Journal. Prior to law school, Mr. Bull attended the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in Chemistry and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.