Department of Health, Education, and Welfare Standards of Employee Conduct Need Improvement
FPCD-79-29, Mar 14, 1979
The development and implementation of standards of conduct in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) were reviewed.
Standards of conduct for Federal employees in HEW do not provide sufficient guidance to enable employees and supervisors to identify and resolve potential ethical problems. The standards are incomplete, complex, and out-of-date. As a result, employees are not always aware of their responsibilities, and a supervisor's advise is often a personal interpretation of the HEW Standards of Conduct regulation.
- Review Pending
- Closed - implemented
- Closed - not implemented
Recommendation for Executive Action
Recommendation: HEW should: (1) revise and update the standards to make them complete, current, and easier to read and understand; (2) make the Department Counselor's interpretations of the standards available to supervisors; (3) expand training on the standards for Department supervisors who provide advise and guidance on employees' ethical conduct; (4) prepare a publication summarizing the standards and alerting employees to potential conflict problems for which they should seek advise; and (5) use available information to identify areas of the standards that need to be revised.
Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.