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Ethical Considerations in the Public Sector

OnDemand Webinar (88 minutes)

Become familiar with the various standards of conduct that composes a comprehensive ethics program.Government conflict of interest rules provide essential tools for protecting limited public resources, fostering public confidence in government administration, and assisting public servants in avoiding questionable or embarrassing situations. This topic will help you develop an understanding of the critical elements for an effective ethics program in any organization while becoming more familiar with the various standards of conduct that compose a comprehensive ethics program. You will improve your ability to identify ethics issues, conform to established rules, provide guidance to others on ethical compliance, and identify the strengths and weaknesses of any particular ethics policy they encounter as an employee, public official, legal counsel, or policy maker.


Lewis G. Brewer, J.D., LL.M., Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC


Benefits From Having Established Ethics Rules in Public Agencies

Critical Elements for an Effective Government Ethics Program

• Scope of Coverage

Common Rules Included in Standards of Conduct for Public Servants

• Prohibition Against Private Gain

• Limits on Interest in Public Contracts

• Acceptance or Solicitation of Gifts

• Accepting or Seeking Employment From Regulated Entities

• Limits on Appearing Before Agency in Representative Capacity

• Improper Use of Confidential Information

• Limitations on Voting

• Differentiation Among Categories of Public Servants (Elected, Appointed, Employed, Full-Time, Part-Time, Duty-Specific)

Financial Disclosure Requirements

• Scope of Application

• Typical Information Revealed

• Privacy Concerns

Regulation of Legislative Lobbying

• Definition of Lobbying Subject to Regulation

• Registration Procedures

• Revolving Door Limitations

• Reporting of Lobbyist Expenses

• Training Requirements

Advice and Guidance Function

• Advantages of Formal, Precedential Opinions

• Limitations on Staff Guidance

• Appropriate Approach to Anonymity

Enforcement of Ethical Rules and Standards

• Complaint Procedures

• Investigative Process

• Identifying Meritorious Complaints

• Due Process Considerations

• Statutes of Limitations

• Penalties