Government Ethics

Federal government employees; employees of federal agencies; supervisors of federal employees; managers of federal employees; employees who buy goods and services from the private sector for the federal government; employees who deal with the public who are looking to obtain permits, licenses, and address other regulatory needs

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Expected Duration
60 minutes

The role of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is to help promote ethical behavior and work practices within the executive branch, and to raise awareness about the Government’s commitment to ensure all of its operations are carried out equitably and with integrity. This course provides instruction on how the OGE defines ethical behavior within government and how it works with executive branches to implement ethics programs and guidelines. It also explores the OGE’s key objectives including preventing conflicts of interest, ensuring impartiality in the performance of duties, and promoting high standards of integrity in the day-to-day operations of all executive branch departments and agencies. This course is intended to meet the training requirements under Executive Order 12674 and Executive Order 12731 outlining agency responsibilities on the principles of ethical conduct for government officers and employees.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


Ethics, Gifts, and Conflicts of Interest |n

  • recognize unethical behavior according to OGE standards
  • determine whether a conflict of financial interest exists in a given scenario
  • determine whether a gift from an outside source can be accepted in given scenarios
  • determine whether a gift from another employee can be accepted in given scenarios

Impartiality and Misuse of Position

  • recognize situations where an employee’s impartiality may be questioned
  • determine whether an employee who is seeking outside employment should be disqualified from participating in specific government matters
  • recognize situations where employees have misused their position according to the ethical guidelines





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