• Apr 9th 2011 at 3:33PM
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Would you raise an eyebrow if you knew that former NHTSA workers took jobs with automakers after their tenure with the Feds? A few senators experience vertical eyebrow movement, and decided they'd like a few questions answered. Was it possible that misconduct was underfoot related to automaker recalls, and did current NHTSA employees provide special treatment for their former co-workers?

A probe was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation, and over the past 10 years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has seen 15 employees move on to jobs with automakers or their respective law firms.

The investigation found that all parties were compliant and adhered to the rules established by the US Office of Government Ethics. So employees of NHTSA, both current and former, are supposedly playing by the rules.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      They didn't break any rules because the rules were made by people who are corrupt. The corrupt politicians make the golden rule which is, make as much money and protect private companies so that they will offer you a board position for millions.
      I forget the congressman or senator who help defeat a pharma bill that would have saved Americans billions in over charged pharmaceuticals only to be offered a job on the board for the biggest player for millions. The board position was just window dressing to launder the millions the company promised him if he killed the bill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think what these senators might want to concentrate on is the cushy high pay jobs promised to the SEC employees to look the other way. Our country is augering in and it is the washington and wall street crowd at the controls..What a shame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So how many of the above voted for the current president and will do so again? (That is, if you bothered...). Big government is a multiplier of corruption. What exactly is it that NHTSA does? I suspect that consumer complaints and emails to Toyota dealers and offices did more to bring attention to problems there than taking the long route through Washington, DC. Crap cars? Word gets around. People stop buying. If you'd seen Detroit in 1980 you'd understand. I know. I know. "Snore." But no historical context, no substance or merit to your analysis. Most people don't bother with corruption in their own town hall. But you'd better believe that corruption and incompetence and self-importance as much as anything are leading to a Detroit of 500,000 people or less by 2015.

      Then again, there are folks who like to "feel in the know" so that they can "wink, wink." By the way, do you think a Dept of Health Care will be any different? I bet you won't be smiling and winking when your surgery is on the line.

      Who cares about NHTSA or EPA or the Dept of Educ. or Energy or Culture or Justice?

      Produce crap; no one buys crap. And there's a lot less paperwork and headlines. But less work for the professionally self righteous in the media and academia and Congress.

      By the way, I thought this was Autoblog, not PolicyWonkBlog. Or as the Brits might say, WankBlog...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd rather the Feds go to the private firms rather than the other way around, like what happens with the Wall Street guys...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure there's no more misconduct than ex-DoD staff going to work for Military / Industrial Contractors.

        I'm definitely sure there's less misconduct than what happens with the Wall Street revolving door.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about Senators and Congressmen who leave government and become lobbyists, or as they are sometimes referred to as "senior policy advisors?" That list is long, and of course the other side is congressional staff members who were or become lobbyists before and after working for congressional members, that list is longer. No ethical problems there.!?

      As libertarian commentator Tucker Carlson said "government belongs to those who make it work for them."
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