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Amid Corruption Probe, Highway Engineers' Second Jobs Eyed

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Amid a federal corruption probe, the West Virginia Department of Transportation is cracking down on highway engineers who have second jobs with private firms that pose a conflict of interest.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the department has ordered employees to disclose if they've been moonlighting with outside companies. Officials will then determine whether the second jobs pose a conflict of interest or if they are being done on state time.

The new measures come after an executive at a highway contracting business and a professor who works at Marshall University's Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute were charged last month in a kickback scheme involving companies in South Carolina and Putnam County.

Workers face disciplinary actions if they do not fill out personnel forms regarding second jobs by Dec. 16.

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