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Ethics agency needs more autonomy


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 08, 2013

~~<p>Ethical oversight is one of those good-government functions that benefits from having some distance placed between the overseer and the behavior under scrutiny. The position of the Honolulu Ethics Commission within city government seems far less than ideal, and some of the consequences of that structure may be coming to light now.</p>
<p>The executive director of the city Ethics Commission has sounded some alarm bells about a budget clash that's erupted between his office and the Department of Corporation Counsel Donna Leong's office.</p>
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Ethical oversight is one of those good-government functions that benefits from having some distance placed between the overseer and the behavior under scrutiny. The position of the Honolulu Ethics Commission within city government seems far less than ideal, and some of the consequences of that structure may be coming to light now.

The executive director of the city Ethics Commission has sounded some alarm bells about a budget clash that's erupted between his office and the Department of Corporation Counsel Donna Leong's office. Login for more...



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