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Former ‘ethics czar’ will deliver SPIA’s Getzen Lecture on April 10

Walter M. Shaub Jr., former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, will deliver the annual Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability on April 10 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel. Sponsored by the public administration and policy department in UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs, the lecture is open free to the public.

Shaub was OGE director from 2013-2017. Prior to his appointment by former President Barack Obama, Shaub was deputy general counsel of OGE, a position he held since 2008. In addition, he served as a supervisory attorney at OGE from 2006 to 2008.

Previously, Shaub served as a staff attorney at several federal agencies, including OGE from 2001 to 2004, the Central Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2000 to 2001, the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1998 to 2000, and the VA’s Baltimore-Washington Regional Counsel’s office from 1997 to 1998.

“Having served as the government’s ethics czar from 2013 to 2017, Walter Shaub is one of the country’s leading experts on prevention of conflict of interest in the federal government,” said Matthew R. Auer, dean of the School of Public and International Affairs. “He has made decisions in many sensitive political contexts, always with an eye to defending important statutes like the Ethics in Government Act. We look forward to his remarks on April 10.”

The Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability is made possible by UGA alumni Katherine Getzen Willoughby and Dan Hall Willoughby Jr. in honor of her parents, Evangeline Sferes Getzen and Forrest William Getzen, lifelong advocates of public service and education.