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Young GirlsThe President established fourteen principles of ethical conduct for executive branch personnel and, directed the Office of Government Ethics to establish a comprehensive set of standards.


Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding ethics.


Maintaining the Public’s Trust is Our Highest Priority!


“Public Service is a Public Trust”

Financial Conflicts of Interests and Impartiality
Executive branch employees are prohibited by a Federal criminal statue from participating personally and substantially in a particular matter that will affect certain financial interest

Official Duties Activities
Executive branch employees are required to consider whether their impartiality may be questioned whenever their involvement in a particular matter involving specific parties might affect certain personal and business relationships

Outside Activities
Executive branch employees are subject to a number of limitations on the outside activities in which they may be involved

Gifts and Payments
Executive branch employees are subject to restrictions on the gifts that they may accept from sources outside the Government

Use of Government Position and Resources
Executive branch employees must not use their public office for their own or another's private gain

Post Government Employment
Information that gives guidance for when disqualification is required while seeking other employment, and restrictions on what you can do after you leave Federal service

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  • Page last reviewed: June 24, 2016
  • Page last updated: June 24, 2016
  • Content source: CDC and ATSDR Ethics Program
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