January 21st, 2009
10:14 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama's first executive orders focus on government ethics

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Seeking to quickly follow through on some of his campaign promises about cleaning up Washington, on his second day in office President Barack Obama plans to sign several executive orders dealing with executive branch ethics.

Senior White House aides said the executive orders, the first issued by the new president, will be signed Wednesday afternoon after the 1:15 p.m. swearing-in of White House staffers in the ceremonial office of Vice President Joe Biden.

The aides said the executive orders will focus on restricting gifts to White House aides and executive branch officials, as well as trying to crackdown on the "revolving door" - the practice of government staffers quickly moving into lucrative private sector jobs lobbying the government.

During the presidential campaign, Obama pledged that "no political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointees will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration," according to BarackObama.com.


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. NJVote08

    Mr. President! Oh, yeah!

    January 21, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. starchaser

    A long overdue change that should return some integrity to government. The legislative branch should take note and enact the same requirements.

    January 21, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Letia Patterson

    Good going Mr. President. Law down the law from the start and there will be no room for second guessing or questions. The law has been laid, now let us get to business.

    January 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |