NASA Goddard 2012 Ethics Training for Supervisors. Laura Giza Deputy Chief Counsel. Goddard Ethics Officials R. Andrew Falcon Chief Counsel (301) 286-9181 Laura Giza Deputy Chief Counsel (301) 286-9181. General Principles of Public Service. Public service is a public trust
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Deputy Chief Counsel
R. Andrew Falcon
Deputy Chief Counsel
Public service is a public trust
Employees may NOT:
Amber, a deputy project manager in Code 400, tells her supervisor, Bryan, that her husband just got a job with Lockheed Martin with a great salary and a great stock package. Bryan asks about a conflict of interest given that Lockheed is the prime contractor on their project. Amber responds that there is no conflict because her husband won’t be doing any NASA work.
Is there an issue here that Bryan should
An employee is CRIMINALLY prohibited:
Have her spouse divest himself of the stock, or reduce the amount to below $15,000
Disqualify Amber from the project.
In exceptional circumstances, obtain a waiver signed by the Administrator to allow her to continue working on the matter.
Louise, a Branch Head in the Code 500, has recently hired Carlos, an engineer with Tech Company, a Goddard engineering support contractor. Louise would like Carlos to be the NASA COTR on the contract with Tech because he knows the contract from his employment with Tech. Louise doesn’t see any problem – it’s a logical fit given Carlos’ expertise and knowledge of the contract. Carlos does not own any Tech stock nor has any other financial interest in the company.
Is Louise right that there is no problem?
Carlos does not have a formal financial conflict of interest with Tech, but his recent employment with Tech raises a question about his IMPARTIALITY.
Employees may not participate in a particular matter:
Carlos’ impartiality may be brought into question because he has a “covered relationship” with Tech since he recently worked for them.
Either she or Carlos should contact an ethics official for guidance.
The Center Chief Counsel can determine that the Agency’s interest in Carlos’ role outweighs the impartiality concern.
On April 4, 2012, the President signed the “STOCK Act of 2012”:
Brad, a Goddard astronomer, tells his supervisor, Anne, that he’s been asked to teach a general astronomy course at Starlight University for $5000 a semester. He plans to prepare for and teach the course on his own time and away from work. As part of his NASA duties, he funds a researcher at Starlight University, but it’s a scientist in their research department and it’s unrelated to the class.
What should Anne tell him?
3. That he needs to do an outside activity request, but that she’ll approve it because she doesn’t see a problem.
4. That he has a conflict of interest with Starlight University because he funds work being done by them.
Employees may not engage in outside activities that conflict with their official duties. A conflict exists if
b) the employee\'s ability to perform his or her duties would be materially impaired.
Employees are not allowed to use or borrow Government equipment, including printing and reproduction equipment, for other than authorized purposes.
Although some limited personal use of email and telephones is permissible (where it facilitates the employee’s efficiency and does not cost the Government any money), it is strictly prohibited to use the telephone, Government email, or other Government resources to conduct a private business even where the employee has received administrative approval to engage in the outside activity and is doing it on his own time.
1. Use of Public Office for Private Gain
2. Use of Nonpublic Information
3. Use of Government Property
- No pornography on computer
- No use of government travel credit card for other than official travel expenses.
4. Use of Official Time
Prohibits Federal employees from
engaging in partisan political activities:
In addition, employees may not:
SES employees also may not work on campaigns where any of the candidates are running as representatives of a political party.
For example, an SES employee may not campaign for or against a candidate in a partisan election.
Gil is works in the Goddard Safety and Mission Assurance Office and is supporting the TDRS project. Part of his duties include participating in reviews of TDRS contractor Boeing’s performance under the contract. Boeing is impressed with Gil, and contacts him about taking a job with them. Gil’s interested in the job, and tells his supervisor Claire.
What should Claire advise Gil?
Once you have started seeking employment with a prospective employer, you may not take any official action that could affect the financial interests of that prospective employer.
Jackson is a Goddard supervisor in Code 700 who would like to take a job with Computer Support Inc., a Goddard contractor. He would be program manager on the contract with Goddard, and as such would be interacting directly with Goddard civil servants. As a Goddard supervisor, Jackson has not himself been involved in this contract, but one of his employees was a task monitor on one of its tasks which was completed a month ago.
Can Jackson take this job?
Angela is a NASA mechanical engineer who learns that she’s won the Mechanical Engineer of the Year award from the Mechanical Engineering Society for her NASA work. The prize consists of $5000 and a medal. She asks Juan, her supervisor, whether she can accept it.
Can she accept the money and the medal?
Federal employees may not solicit nor accept gifts (anything of value) that are:
1. Given due to your official position, or
2. From prohibited sources (such as
unless an exception applies.
cash, entertainment, travel, loan, discount
that the award is made as part of an established program of recognition
(a) under which awards have been made on a regular basis or which is funded, wholly or in part, to ensure its continuation on a regular basis, and
(b) under which the selection of award recipients is made pursuant to written standards. 5 CFR § 2635.204(d)(1).