Some of the livelier give and take between Department of Labor officials and witnesses at the public hearing over its proposed conflict-of-interest rule came from former colleagues.

Timothy Hauser, deputy assistant for program operations and head of the four-person panel directing inquiries at the hearing, found his former boss, Bradford Campbell, sitting across from him in the fifth panel of the day.

Campbell was head of the DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration, a post he left in 2012. Hauser joined the DOL as a litigator in 1991.

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