WASHINGTON — White House ethics watchdog David Martin, who has served an Administration plagued with ethical problems, said Wednesday he will resign to become a private consultant on ethics.
Martin, under congressional fire for allegedly not aggressively enforcing ethics rules, told Reuters he will resign "in the near future."
In telephone interviews Martin said he decided when he took the job in 1983 that he would serve only four years.
Martin, 46, is director of the Office of Government Ethics, which was set up to administer ethics laws, rule on potential ethical problems and oversee financial disclosure forms required of high government officials to avoid conflicts of interest.
Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.) has distributed a list of more than 170 instances of possible unethical conduct during the Reagan years.