February 25, 2023

March 2023 Poem

Poetry in large letters surrounded by books and a typewriter


The ethics rules are based on the 14 principles of ethical conduct set out in
Executive Order 12674, issued on April 12, 1989.…it is a good idea to go back
to basics and reread those principles.  The FLRA presents them here in doggerel: 

  Ethics Principles Poem

Public service - public trust (1)
Honest effort is a must. (5)
Finances should not interfere
With any work that you do here. (2)

Non-public info you obtain
Should not be used for private gain.(3)
And if a present should appear
From someone doing business here

You must decline to take that perk
If it will interfere with work. (4)
You may not bind the Government
If you don’t have the right consent. (6)

Don’t use your job for private gain (7)
With private parties please remain
Impartial (8) and report with haste
Corruption, fraud, abuse, or waste.(11)

Do not use Federal property
For something not in your PD. (9)
And outside work can’t interfere
With major duties you have here. (10)

Employees must act in good faith
To pay their taxes, DAEO sayeth (12)
And never may a Fed forgo
The principles of EEO. (13)

And we know we cannot appear
To violate a law, that’s clear. (14)
That’s all 14 – obey them all!
If you are lost, give me a call.