Global Panel Addresses Government Accountability
State Representatives Meet with Visitors from Around the Globe
September 16, 2011
Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I – Pulaski) and Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C—Macedon) today met with leaders from around the world at an informal panel discussion titled “Accountability in Government” in conjunction with the International Center of Syracuse and SUNY Oswego. The discussion was held at SUNY Oswego. International community leaders from countries such as Lebanon, Russia, Venezuela, the People’s Republic of China were part of the panel. Other local panelists included Maureen McPherson, the State Attorney General’s public integrity officer for the Syracuse region; Fred Vigeant with WRVO; and Dr. Eileen Gilligan, SUNY Oswego professor and former reporter. The international visitors traveled to the Central New York region through the International Center of Syracuse, which worked with Phelps Stokes, an organization that aims to develop the educational leadership capacity of underserved communities for the U.S. Department of State. The trip was designed to fulfill the following U.S. State Department goals:
- To explain the role and structure of ethics in government in the United States and to explore best practices underlying transparency and accountability.
- To examine similarities and differences in approaches of ethical conduct between government and the private sector in the United States.
- To address international efforts to strengthen ethical leadership in governments and businesses worldwide;
- To examine the effect of transparency on trade, investment and economic development.