Paul O'Neill on the Enron Cleanup

The Treasury Secretary says the energy giant's fall has created a huge, healthy tightening at other companies

As the Enron affair has mushroomed into a sweeping reexamination of business ethics, Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill has been at the forefront of the Bush Administration's efforts to contain the crisis. He helped put together the President's proposal for modest pension reforms and was the architect of the 10-point plan to improve corporate governance that Bush unveiled in front of business leaders on Mar. 7. The former Alcoa CEO sat down with a group of BusinessWeek editors and reporters on Mar. 15 to discuss what comes next. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation:

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