Eye on Ethics

Nov. 6, 2013
It is important that all NAVSUP personnel have a familiarity with the Standards of Ethical Conduct which are based on Executive Order 12674, as amended by Executive Order 12731, and a number of ethics-related statutes.  The order sets forth 14 principles of ethical conduct that Federal Employees must follow.  – Sandra Jumper, NAVSUP Counsel

Principle 1 ... Public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws and ethical principles above private gain.

Principle 2 ... Employees shall not hold financial interests that conflict with the conscientious performance of duty.

Principle 3 ... Employees shall not engage in financial transactions using nonpublic Government information or allow the improper use of such information to further any private interest.

Principle 4 ... An employee shall not, except [unless permitted by other rules], solicit or accept any gift or other item of monetary value from any person or entity seeking official action from, doing business with, or conducting activities regulated by the employee’s agency or whose interests may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the employee’s duties.

Principle 5 ... Employees shall put forth honest effect in the performance of their duties.

Principle 6 ... Employees shall not knowingly make unauthorized commitments or promises of any kind purporting to bind the Government.

Principle 7 ... Employees shall not use public office for private gain.

Principle 8 ... Employees shall act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any private organization or individual.

Principle 9 ... Employees shall protect and conserve Federal property and shall not use it for other than authorized activities.

Principle 10 ... Employees shall not engage in outside employment or activities, including seeking or negotiating for employment, that conflict with official Government duties and responsibilities.

Principle 11 ... Employees shall disclose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption to appropriate authorities.

Principle 12 ... Employees shall satisfy in good faith their obligations as citizens, including all just financial obligations, especially those—such as Federal, State, or local taxes—that are imposed by law.

Principle 13 ... Employees shall adhere to all laws and regulations that provide equal opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.

Principle 14 ... Employees shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance that they are violating the law or the ethical standards set forth in this part.  Whether particular circumstances create an appearance that the law or these standards have been violated shall be determined from the perspective of a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts.

If you have questions, please contact your local DON Office of General Counsel or Sandra Jumper, NAVSUP Counsel at 717-605-7753