Marshals Service nominee may have a client conflict

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In a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company noted that about 13 percent of its consolidated revenues for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 3 came from U.S. marshals. The company reported consolidated revenues for the year of $1.1 billion.

While not referring to the GEO Group by name, Ms. Hylton told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a questionnaire that any potential conflicts of interest will be resolved under the terms of an ethics agreement with the government.

“In connection with the nomination process, I have consulted with the Office of Government Ethics and the Department of Justice’s designated agency ethics official to identify any potential conflicts of interest,” she wrote.

In addition, Ms. Hylton said upon her confirmation, her consulting company would remain dormant except to comply with any legal and tax requirements while it’s inactive. She also said her $105,000 annual federal retirement pay would cease upon her appointment.

Ms. Hylton has held numerous high-ranking positions at the Justice Department over the years, including acting deputy director and assistant director at the U.S. Marshals Service. She worked as chief of judicial security during the first World Trade Center bombing trials. From 1990 to 1993, she was a witness security inspector.

More recently, as federal detention trustee from 2004 to earlier this year, she oversaw a $1.5 billion budget.

“If confirmed as the next director of the United States Marshals Service, I would be able to utilize fully my talents, energy and expertise to ensure the agency’s mission is carried out with good judgment and sound decision-making skills,” Ms. Hylton wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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