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Baker Receives Ethnics Panel Report

6/14/2011, 11:11 a.m.

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A 250-page report by an ethics reform panel in Prince George's County recommends strengthening the county's Board of Ethics and beefing up oversight among officials. In doing so, the county aims to avoid a repeat of the scandal that has plagued it since the arrest last year of former executive Jack Johnson in a pay-to-play scheme.

The Accountability, Compliance and Integrity (ACI) report was presented on June 13 to Baker and County Council Chair Ingrid M. Turner. Baker said he never doubted the panel would get the job done.

"I look forward to reading the report findings and continuing to move the County forward as a result of this body of work,"Baker said in a statement.

The panel - known as Accountability, Compliance and Integrity Advisory Board - was formed last December at the beginning of Baker's administration to help provide transparent, open and accountable services for county residents.

By April, under leadership of former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, the panel had been tasked with establishing an anonymous tip line and looking into the creation of a public watchdog office that would require employees to participate in yearly training.

In a list of recommendations, the panel has also urged officials to revisit its policy for awarding contracts in order to avoid incidences of cronyism