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Post-Public Employment

Good Practices for Preventing Conflict of Interest

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The movement of personnel between employment in the public and private sectors, referred to as the “revolving door” phenomenon, raises particular attention in the context of the response of governments to the financial and economic crisis. 

This OECD survey of 30 member countries shows that the vast majority of countries have established basic standards for preventing post-public employment conflict of interest. But few have tailored these standards to address risk areas and professions such as regulators or public procurement officials. Enforcing standards and imposing suitable sanctions remains a challenge for many countries.

The principles presented in this volume serve as a point of reference for policy makers and managers to review and modernise post-public employment policies. It is part of the pathfinding efforts of the OECD to promote public sector integrity for cleaner, fairer and stronger economies.

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Post-public employment problem areas

This chapter reviews major types of post-public employment offences. It begins by examining a problem area that arises before the official actually leaves government: seeking future employment outside the public service. Problem areas involving public officials after they have left office include: conducting post-employment lobbying back to government institutions; switching sides in the same process; or using insider information. The chapter reviews the problem resulting from the re-employment or re-engagement of former officials by public organisations, for example, to do the same tasks they performed in the private or non-profit sectors.

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