Reps. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) are questioning the propriety of an ethics waiver granted to CMS Administrator Tom Scully that allowed him to speak to potential employers while working on Medicare legislation. Scully, who is leaving the CMS next week, received the waiver in May from HHS' top ethics officer, Edgar Swindell. In a letter to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, Stark and Schakowsky expressed outrage that Congress was not informed of the waiver until recently. "While we strongly believe that this waiver should never have been granted, at a bare minimum, knowledge of it would have been valuable to us in weighing the advice provided by Mr. Scully," they said. Scully has said that the firms he spoke with never asked for advice on the Medicare bill and maintains that he did not violate any ethical standards. A message left at HHS was not returned. -- by Tony Fong
Lawmakers slam ethics waiver granted to Scully
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