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ETHICS RULES. WARNER MEADOWS AFRC/JAA 478-327-1590 Dec 2011. TOPICS. GIFTS FUNDRAISERS POLITICAL ACTIVITIES. GIFTS. GIFT RULES FALL INTO TWO CATEGORIES: GIFTS FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES GIFTS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES BASIC RULE: CANNOT SOLICIT GIFTS/DONATIONS CANNOT ACCEPT GIFTS/DONATIONS

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ethics rules

ETHICS RULES

WARNER MEADOWS

AFRC/JAA

478-327-1590

Dec 2011

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TOPICS

  • GIFTS
  • FUNDRAISERS
  • POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
gifts
GIFT RULES FALL INTO TWO CATEGORIES:

GIFTS FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES

GIFTS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES

BASIC RULE:

CANNOT SOLICIT GIFTS/DONATIONS

CANNOT ACCEPT GIFTS/DONATIONS

CAN REFUSE GIFTS

GIFTS INCLUDE DIRECT/INDIRECT GIFTS TO FAMILY MEMBERS OR ON YOUR BEHALF TO CHARITY

GIFTS
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GIFT BASKET FROM LAW FIRM

AIRPLANE MODEL FROM CONTRACTOR

VETERAN’S DAY MEALS

GIFTS
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GIFTS FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES:

THREE-PART TEST:

IS THE ITEM A GIFT?

IF YES, DOES AN EXCEPTION APPLY?

IF YES, WOULD ACCEPTANCE UNDERMINE GOVERNMENT INTEGRITY OR:

IS THERE AN APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY?

GIFTS
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Common Gift Exclusions (when not considered a gift):

Modest food items other than a meal

Anything paid for by the got

Presentation items of little intrinsic value

PAID FAIR MARKET VALUE

Rewards and prizes open to the public

Commercial Discounts Available to the public

Gifts to the Government

GIFTS
gifts common gift exceptions
Can accept gifts when they are from a prohibited source or given because of official position IF:

Gifts <$20, aggregate

<$50 per source in calendar year

Not cash, stocks, or bonds

Cannot “Buy Down”

Personal/family relationship

Not given b/c of their government job

Contractor does not pay for the gift

GIFT NOT GIVEN BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT POSITION

GIFTS – COMMON GIFT EXCEPTIONS
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GIFTS

M. WARNER MEADOWS

AWESOME ETHICS GUY!

gifts between employees
Gifts to Superiors

On an occasional basis <$10.

Traditional gift giving occasions

On specific infrequent occasion of personal significance,

no dollar limit

gift must be appropriate to the occasion

Marriage, illness, birth, death

Termination of relationship through transfer, resignation, retirement

GIFTS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES
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Gifts to Superiors

Group gifts on special infrequent occasions

limited to $300 per donating group.

Can solicit

not for >$10

employees can voluntarily donate more

GIFTS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES
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FUNDRAISING: DOING GOOD

FOR OTHERS IN THE RIGHT WAY

fundraising
Fundraising Rules (APPROVED BY 78 abw)

Should not interfere with the CFC

No Gambling!

Never conducted in official capacity

Participation must be voluntary

Only minimal, non-interfering use of Govt resources

official time

official communications

at the workplace

FUNDRAISING
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General rule= “By Airmen, for Airmen, from Airmen.”

Combined federal campaign

Air force assistance fund

FUNDRAISING

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GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES?

BAND FUNDRAISERS?

CHURCH LUNCH SALES?

CUPCAKE COLLECTIONS FOR LOCAL WOMEN'S SHELTER?

COLLECTIONS FOR NON-BASE AFFILIATED FLOWERS FOR FUNERAL?

FUNDRAISING

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CAN GET YOU FIRED!

RULES FOR MILITARY (DOD Dir 1344.10)

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES (Hatch Act)

BOTTOM LINE IS THAT YOU CANNOT PARTAKE IN POLITICAL ACTIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE, USING GOVERNMENT RESOURCES, OR ON GOVERNMENT TIME

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
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WHAT IS POLITICAL ACTIVITY:

AN ACTIVITY DIRECTED TOWARD THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF A POLITICAL PARTY, CANDIDATE FOR POLITICAL OFFICE, OR A PARTISAN POLITICAL GROUP

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
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EXAMPLES OF NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS

COUNTY JUDICIAL OFFICES

LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS

OFFICES OF CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT (AUGUSTA, COLUMBUS)

CITY ELECTIONS

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES
permissible activities
What may you do:

be candidates for public office in nonpartisan elections (military rules)

register and vote

assist in voter registration drives (as long as not specific to partisan party)

express opinions about candidates and issues (not in workplace or on official government time) (subordinates)

contribute money to political organizations

attend and participate (not military) in political fundraising functions (may not solicit or receive campaign funds)

PERMISSIBLE ACTIVITIES
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What may you do: (not in official capacity, in government building or in uniform)

attend and be active (not military) at political rallies and meetings

join and be an active (not military) member of a political party or club

sign and circulate nominating petitions

campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments, municipal ordinances

campaign for or against candidates (not military)

make campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections (not military)

distribute campaign literature (not military)

hold office in political clubs/parties (not military)

volunteer to work on a partisan political campaign (not military)

PERMISSIBLE ACTIVITIES
prohibitions official or unofficial capacity
These provisions prohibit employees from:

using their official authority or influence to interfere with or affect the result of an election;

knowingly soliciting, accepting, or receiving a political contribution from any person

knowingly soliciting or discouraging the participation in any political activity of anyone who has business pending before their employing agency

Discussions with subordinates

PROHIBITIONS:Official or Unofficial CapaCITY
official photos of president
Official photographs include the traditional portrait photo of the President displayed in all federal buildings, as well as photographs of the President conducting official business (e.g., President meeting with heads of state).

However, these official photographs must be displayed in a traditional size and manner and should not be altered in anyway (e.g., the addition of halos or horns).

Pictures that are distributed by the President’s campaign or a partisan organization, such as the Democratic National Committee or Organizing for America, are not official, even if they depict the President performing an official act.

Similarly, pictures downloaded from the internet or clipped from magazines or newspapers, screens savers and life-size cutouts are not official photographs for purposes of this exception.

OFFICIAL PHOTOS OF PRESIDENT
personal photographs
An employee would not be prohibited from having a photograph of any candidate in his or her office, if all of the following apply:

the photograph was on display in advance of the election season;

the employee is in the photograph with the candidate;

and the photograph is a personal one (i.e., the employee has a personal relationship with the candidate and the photograph is taken at some kind of personal event or function, for example, a wedding, and not at a campaign event or some other type of partisan political event).

PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS
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AUTOMATIC RESPONSE: ASK

michael.meadows.8@us.af.mil

478-327-1590