The Institute for Global Ethics and the Rockport Public Library will host a special presentation by Robert I. Cusick, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House.

The presentation, entitled “Five Years in Government Ethics: Lessons Learned,” will be held in the downstairs meeting room of the Opera House and will focus on Cusick’s experiences during his five-year term in Washington, D.C. The event will also serve as an inaugural talk to help celebrate the Institute’s recent move into its new offices in the Shepherd Building in downtown Rockport.

Robert I. (Ric) Cusick was nominated by President George W. Bush in February 2006, to become the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and was confirmed by the Senate in that position on May 26, 2006. He served a five-year statutory term as director of the office which has responsibility for ethics laws and policy in the executive branch of the Federal Government. The office has the authority to issue formal opinions in ethics matters, to review the ethics programs in all departments of the federal government, to assist federal agencies in achieving ethical compliance, and to work with other nations in treaty matters affecting government corruption.

Cusick recently returned from China, where he was involved in high-level consultations on anticorruption activities. This past year, his office hosted delegations from 85 countries around the world – all coming to see how the United States fosters and maintains ethics in government. His experience, OGE’s achievements, and his engaging style of narrative will make this an event not to miss.

The talk is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Institute for Global Ethics at 236-6658 or by email at ethics@globalethics.org.