Attorney Published Article
New Job in the Biden Administration?
Washington Member Bob Driscoll had an article titled “New Job in the Biden Administration? Congratulations, there may be a subpoena in your future. Here’s what you need to know.” published in Government Executive on February 4, 2021. The article gives an overview for newly-appointed members of the Biden Administration on what to consider and how to prepare for the possibility of investigation.
“Who, me?” you respond, “I’m as ethical as they come, and I’d never be involved in a Washington scandal!” And you are probably right. But good people who have done nothing wrong get dragged into investigations all the time, be they conducted by a Congressional committee, an inspector general, the Office of Special Counsel, or even the Justice Department. Moreover, sometimes investigations many would consider without legal or factual grounding get initiated for political reasons (I know, it’s shocking).
So what can you do to be ready in case the first legal controversy of the Biden administration involves you, your boss, or your agency? Having represented or advised scores of government employees caught in the crosshairs of both minor and major legal headaches involving Congress, Inspectors General, the Justice Department, or the Office of Special Counsel, here are the answers to a few questions that can help you prepare long before any storm clouds have gathered on the horizon.
Bob previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and co-chairs the firm’s government and internal investigations team.