Pentagon Workers Pitched Part-Time Work
Updated 1:34 p.m. ET
Earlier this week a loyal reader sent The Eye a Craigslist jobs listing posted by an apartment rental company with properties in Northern Virginia seeking Pentagon-based Department of Defense employees interested in marketing nearby furnished apartments to employees temporarily assigned to the massive government building.
"We will pay you a $100 PER MONTH PER PERSON that you get," the job posting promises. "There are HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE assigned to the Pentagon on a temporary basis."
The rental company's offer could prove fruitful for anyone who recruits multiple clients.
"If you get just 10 clients, we will pay you $1,000 per month. If you get 20 clients that stay for 12 months, we will pay you $2,000 a month or $24,000 a year!" (See the full e-mail after the jump.)
But the Code of Federal Regulations prohibits DOD employees from taking such marketing jobs. The Code states that "Employees shall not engage in financial transactions using nonpublic Government information or allow the improper use of such information to further any private interest" and "Employees shall not use public office for private gain."
The ad was posted by John Stamos of Hook Rentals, which manages upscale furnished housing options in Northern Virginia and Tampa Bay. (A map on the company's Web site shows it manages several housing options near the Pentagon for temporary employees.)
"I have already asked a military lawyer about what is allowed on any military facility," he wrote in an e-mail. "Marketing is allowed as long as it is placed in approved locations such as public bulletin boards. The ethics of it are that someone can market only during their off-time, but not while in uniform, and not to subordinates."
Stamos said he posted the ad "Simply to build a business," but got no responses.
While the Code lists restrictions on using public office for private gain, some government employees can hold second jobs. And what's stopping someone from marketing for the rental company in their off time, out of uniform?
What Would You Do? Sell a product to colleagues either indirectly or in your off-time or avoid such activities altogether? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
UPDATE: The ad has been removed from Craigslist, but the text of it appears below:
We need marketing at the Pentagon (Pentagon)
Reply to: [redacted]
Date: 2009-02-20, 11:21AM EST
Do you work at the Pentagon?
Do you want to supplement your current income?
A Luxury Furnished Apartment company needs your help to get clients that are government employees that are only
temporarily assigned to the Pentagon or any surrounding base or command for MORE THAN 30 days.
We will pay you a $100 PER MONTH PER PERSON that you get.
There are HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE assigned to the Pentagon on a temporary basis.
If you get just 10 clients, we will pay you $1000 per month.
If you get 20 clients that stay for 12 months, we will pay you $2,000 a month or $24,000 a year!
We will supply the marketing materials for FREE.
We will also pay you for your time $10 an hour.
You MUST WORK INSIDE THE PENTAGON to get this job.
* Location: Pentagon
* Compensation: $10 an hour PLUS COMMISSION!
* This is a part-time job.
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
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| February 27, 2009; 11:09 AM ET
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