Each chapter addresses a separate ethics topic and provides an introduction with explanation of the applicable references to rules and regulations and ethical principles in each area. The chapters are organized by major sub-areas and generally run within those areas from most general to more specific. Some subject matter may overlap with other chapters.

Each title heading in the table below links to the relevant chapter in the current Deskbook. Also listed are links to the related presentation from the latest Ethics Counselor Course and (if available) web resources for the topic.

ETHICS PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

  • Conflicts of Interest

    Outlines the statutory and regulatory prohibitions on conflicting financial interests. It includes imputed interests, disqualification and waiver, impartiality, and outside employment issues.

    Presentation
    Seminar

GIFTS

  • Gifts

    Provides an overview of personal gifts to individuals from outside sources, including items exempted from the definition of "gift" and exceptions to the general prohibition on gift acceptance, such as widely attended gatherings (WAGs) and awards. Also covered are gifts to the agency, gifts of travel, gifts from foreign Governments, gifts between employees, gifts to injured or wounded service members, and travel-related gifts.

    Presentation

FUNDRAISING

  • Fundraising

    Provides guidance on official support to fundraising activities directed to Government personnel, including the Combined Federal Campaign and organizations of personnel, such as the relief societies. It also addresses support for NFE events directed to the public, such as requests for endorsement, speakers, and musical support.

    Presentation

OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES

  • Outside Activities

    Discusses ethics issues arising from second jobs, volunteer work, jury duty, and other actions outside the work place that affect Government interests.

    Presentation

POST-GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT AND PROCUREMENT INTEGRITY

RELATIONS WITH NON-FEDERAL ENTITIES

USE OF GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

SPECIAL INTEREST TOPICS

  • Book Deals

    Explains when employees may receive compensation for writing a book.

  • Conference Planning / Support Issues

    A look at conferences from both sides. First, a "how to" for organizations running a conference, including negotiating the recent changes in funding restrictions. Second, an outline of the decision matrix for speaking at, or logistically supporting, a non-Federal entity's conference.

    Presentation

  • Contractors in the Work Place

    Outlines ethical concerns in dealing with Government contractors. Includes gifts, social events, timekeeping, transportation, endorsement concerns, and more.

    Presentation

  • DoD Inspector General Issues

    An overview of the interaction between Inspectors General and Officials Ethic.

    Presentation

  • Deployment Ethics

    Contingency operations involve multiple levels of contractor support, from life support and sustainment to participation in combat operations. Most of the legal issues presented during deployment relate to procurement, fiscal, operational, and international law. There are no exceptions to the ethics and standards of conduct statutes and regulations applicable to the contractor relationship during contingency operations. Ethics Counselors should understand the laws and regulations applicable during contingency operations. This section is intended to be a checklist for deployment related ethics issues.

    Presentation

  • Fiscal Law Overview

    Reviews the fiscal aspects of ethics, including expenditures of appropriated funds, by purpose, type, and time, use of ORF, EEE, and troublesome funding areas like "light refreshments," ceremonies, commander's coins and mementos.

    Presentation

  • NAFIs, MWR, and the JER

    Discusses the world of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, including community services, family readiness groups, and more. The money is nonappropriated, the gift rules are different, and the potential ethics concerns are widespread.

    Presentation

  • Political Activities

    Discusses limits on civilian and uniformed service participation in partisan political fundraising, events, campaigns and seeking elective office.

    Presentation - Political Activity and the Hatch Act
    Presentation - Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces

  • Public Affairs and the Ethics Counselor

    A quick note on applying ethics principles in the public affairs world.

    Presentation

  • Reserve Components

    Demystifies Reserve and National Guard concerns, including status, conflict of interest prevention, financial disclosure reports, post-Government employment rules and political activity limitations.

    Presentation

  • Travel and Transportation

    Focuses on ethical concerns in Government and Government-funded air and motor vehicle travel, including spousal travel, premium class travel, transporting contractors, home-to-work and rental car restrictions.

    Presentation

  • Ethics Program Best Practices