GOVERNMENT: Conflict of Interest?

"I am grateful for the opportunity this country has given me to make a place in the world for myself," said Danish-born Peter Strobel in June 1954 to Washington newsmen. "By taking this job perhaps I can partly pay back this country." With that, Strobel left Strobel & Salzman, a Manhattan engineering partnership that paid him about $100,000 annually, for the $14,800-a-year job of Public Buildings Commissioner in the General Services Administration. As such, Strobel had charge of letting millions of dollars of contracts.

Last week the Government career of Peter Strobel seemed to be drawing to an end after...

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