Top IMF official joins White House as special assistant on international economic affairs
MercoPress.com | 28 July 2011
International Monetary Fund’s external relations director Caroline Atkinson resigned Thursday [July, 2011] after being appointed . . . as a White House special assistant to the president for international economic affairs. . .
Pursuant to Section 3 of Executive Order 13490, I hereby waive the requirements of paragraph 2 of the Ethics Pledge of Ms. Caroline Atkinson solely with respect to her former employer, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). . . .
. . . When a former employer is an international organization that includes the United States as a member, like the IMF, the concerns underlying the restrictions in the Ethics Pledge are not implicated, because the interests of the international organization and the interests of the United States are aligned.[?] . . .
. . . Furthermore, while a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts may question Ms. Atkinson’s impartiality in matters relating to the IMF, I make a separate determination . . .
. . . Ms. Atkinson has a continuing financial interest in IMF
as a result of the payment of her pension. . . .