Jim Lager is the Deputy Ethics Counselor to the United States
Government Accountability Office (GAO) and is
GAO's principal advisor and investigator on conflicts of interest, ethics,
personal and organizational independence, and manager of GAO’s ethics and
financial disclosure programs. Jim has substantial experience as a labor and
employment lawyer, representing private and government clients in trial and
appellate courts, and as a lead congressional investigator examining violation
of federal campaign laws. Jim is also GAO’s subject matter expert on copyright,
a skilled facilitator, and teaches courses in ethics, leadership development,
and communications styles among others, in both classroom and virtual settings.
Jim received a Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law/American
University, and a Masters of Science in Organization Development from American
University/NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. His recent publications
"Governments Demand Compliance, Ethics Demands Leadership," Journal of
Public Affairs 10(216-224) (2010), "Overcoming
Cultures of Compliance to Reduce Corruption and Achieve Ethics in Government,"
McGeorge Law Review 41(1) (2009), and the author of a chapter, "Beyond
Compliance," in the Ethical Leadership: Global Challenges and
Perspectives (C. Millar and E. Poole, eds. 2011). His essay "Have
a Problem with Compliance?" published in the October 2009 edition of PA
Times, American Society for Public Administration, was awarded the H.
George Frederickson Best Article Award.