Wednesday, July 13, 2011

NPTtv Summary: End of Nonprofit Board Ban?

Note: This is a summary of a story from the newest episode of The NonProfit Times TV.

Could a 15-year ban be coming to an end?

If The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has its way, federal employees will be allowed to serve on nonprofit boards without approval from their agencies.  The organization published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to do away with that regulation, which has existed since it was first passed in 1996.  They noted in their new proposal that the supposed conflicts of interest between an employee’s job and their financial duties to a nonprofit are more theoretical than real.  Therefore, they argued, the regulation was not necessary.

Whether this rule will become law is anybody's guess, but it's certainly something to keep an eye on.

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