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Human Resources and Organizational Management

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Standards of Conduct and Ethics

Ethics and standards of conduct cover a wide range topics from accepting and giving gifts to conflicts of interest and outside employment. Violating ethics principles and standards of conduct can result in disciplinary action.

Activities and commands have designated Ethics Counselors who are normally located in the Office of Counsel. If you're not positive that what you're about to do is appropriate, contact HROM to get the contact information for your local Ethics Counselor.

Disciplinary action for violating the standards of conduct and ethics will not be taken against you if you act in good faith reliance upon the advice of your ethics official, if you have made full disclosure of the relevant circumstances.

Employees' Guide

Standards of Conduct and Ethics in the Department of Defense (DoD) are found in the Employees’ Guide to the Standards of Conduct. to download a copy of this standard.

The Employees' Guide includes sections on the following topics:

  • General Principles of Public Service
  • Gifts
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Impartiality in Performing Official Duties
  • Misuse of Position
  • Use of Government Resources
  • Fundraising
  • Teaching, Speaking, and Writing
  • Outside Activities
  • Political Activities
  • Employment Issues
  • Official Travel Benefits
  • Sources of Further Information
Political Activity
Political activity in the workplace is regulated by the Hatch Act. Click on the image to your right for information concerning what kinds of political activities are permitted or not in the workplace.
 
Political Activity 
Disciplinary Actions

EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES

All employees are expected to:

  • Comply with standards of conduct
  • Conduct themselves, both on and off duty, in a manner that does not reflect adversely on the Department of Navy or the Marine Corps
  • Follow on the job work rules, including reporting for work on time and in a condition that will permit safe and reliable performance of assigned duties
  • Perform their job duties at an acceptable level and in a safe and reliable manner.

Employees who fail to comply may be subject to discipline. Discipline is not punitive – it is intended to serve as a deterrent to unacceptable conduct or behavior.

SUPERVISOR AND MANAGER RESPONSIBILITIES

All managers and supervisors are expected to:

  • Communicate requirements and expectations regarding standards of conduct and performance to employees
  • Setting a good example by their own personal conduct
  • Monitoring employee conduct and taking or initiating appropriate corrective action
  • Referring employees to the Civilian Employee Assistance Program as required

 

References
    
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EMPLOYEES’ GUIDE TO THE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT  
DEPARTMENT OF NAVY CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES MANUAL (CHRM) SUBCHAPTER 752 (DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS)  
MARINE CORPS BASE ORDER 12752.1A (DISCIPLINARY AND ADVERSE ACTIONS TOWARD CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES)