Ex-Treasury official didn’t appear to file proper paperwork when going to private sector, watchdog

Ex-Treasury official didn’t appear to file proper paperwork when going to private sector, watchdog

  • March 3, 2024

Charlotte Hazard, Just the News

A government watchdog says a former top Treasury Department official appears to have failed to file mandatory paperwork when leaving for the private sector.

The watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust said late last week that Natasha Sarin who served as deputy assistant secretary for Economic Policy at the department, then counselor to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen did not appear to file the paperwork, as required under the STOCK Act.

The forms are filled out by employees to make sure there are no conflicts of interest when a government employee leaves and goes to work at a private entity.

Political appointees are required to submit a STOCK Act form within three days of first talking to another entity about employment.

Documents obtained by Protect the Public’s Trust appear to show Sarin talked to the Treasury’s Ethics Office but did not submit the mandatory STOCK Act form.

“Yet another powerful political appointee for whom an agency just seems unable to produce the required exit documents,” said Protect the Public’s Trust Director Michael Chamberlain. “Maybe these records blew away. It gets pretty windy when the revolving door is spinning as quickly as it has been

“Filing and accounting for the required paperwork would seem like low bars for the self-described most ethical administration in history. Unfortunately, too often they appear awfully difficult to clear.”

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