Employee Integrity 2009
The Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R 2635) state that Federal workers have a responsibility to the United States Government and its citizens to place loyalty to the Constitution, laws and ethical principles above private gain. Among other things, employees are prohibited from holding financial interests that conflict with their job duties, engaging in financial transactions using nonpublic Government information, or accepting gifts from those regulated by their agency. Further, Federal employees must act impartially, protect and conserve federal property, refrain from engaging in outside activities, including seeking employment, that conflict with official Government duties, and disclose fraud, waste and abuse to appropriate authorities.
While DOT employees are recognized for their dedication, honesty, and hard-work, like any large organization there will always be a few who try to personally benefit from their official position. Preventing and detecting such fraud and abuse is a top priority of the Office of Inspector General.Investigations involving employee integrity issues involve a wide range of violations such as, time and attendance fraud, travel voucher fraud, misuse of government property or funds, conflicts of interest, ethics violations, and other prohibited personnel actions. Depending on the nature and severity of the misconduct, an employee found to have engaged in prohibited activity may receive administrative sanctions, such as termination, suspension, or reprimand. Appropriate cases also may be referred to the Department of Justice for possible civil or criminal prosecution.