Ethics Education Tools

OGE creates tools that agency ethics officials can use to educate their agencies’ employees about their obligations under the ethics laws and regulations and to help foster an ethical culture.

Required Written Materials

Customizable and ready to use written materials to satisfy the requirements for initial and annual ethics education.


Title Link to Materials Description
14 Principles of Ethical Conduct PDF Document
Accessible PDF
Document detailing 14 Principles of Ethical Conduct
Ethical Service Handbook For Executive Branch Employees Full Customize PDF
Basic Customize PDF
Accessible PDF
Handbook introducing the ethical and legal requirements of federal service
Summary of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch Full Customize PDF
Accessible PDF
Booklet containing summaries of the Standards of Ethical Conduct and illustrative examples
Summary of the Criminal Conflict of Interest Laws for Employees of the Executive Branch Full Customize PDF
Accessible PDF
Booklet containing summaries of the Criminal Conflict of Interest Laws and illustrative examples
Guide for Customizing Handbook and Summaries PDF Document Guide containing instructions and suggestions for agency customization of written materials
Ethics and Public Service: A Supplement to Annual Ethics Training (Ideal for classroom use.) PDF Document Booklet containing brief summaries of the Principles, the Standards and the Conflict of Interest Laws

OGE has created a series of slide decks to help agencies implement scenario-based live training in their agencies.


Title Link to Materials Topic
Internship Request Power Point Impartiality/Misuse
Change of Job (Spouse) Power Point 208/Impartiality/Gifts/ Misuse/Financial Disclosure
Employee New to Government (No Financial Interest) Power Point Impartiality/Misuse/ Financial Disclosure
Temporary Promotion Power Point 208/Impartiality/ Gifts Between/Misuse/ Financial Disclosure
Social Invitation Power Point Gifts Outside/Gifts Between/Impartiality/ Seeking/Misuse
Wedding Power Point 208 (imputed)/Gifts/ Impartiality/Misuse/ Financial Disclosure
Invitation to Make Recommendation (Spouse’s Employer) Power Point 208/Impartiality/ Misuse
Inheritance Power Point 208/Financial Disclosure
Social Media Contact (Prohibited Source) Power Point Gifts Outside/ Impartiality/Misuse
Mention of a Job (Prohibited Source) Power Point 208/Impartiality/ Seeking/Financial Disclosure
Contacted by Former Colleague Power Point Impartiality/Misuse/ Post-employment
Acting in New Position Power Point 208/Impartiality/ Gifts Between/Misuse/ Financial Disclosure
Ethical Service: A Guide for Employee Orientation PDF Document Instructor Guide for Use with Initial Ethics Orientation Slides
Ethical Service Orientation for Executive Branch Employees Power Point Companion slides to Handbook content
Use of Position/Resources Power Point Use of property/ Recommendations for relatives and friends/ Representing others
Conflicts of Interest & Impartiality Power Point Former employer/ Spouse’s employer and Financial interests
Outside Activities & Seeking Employment Power Point Outside business/ Sales/Fundraising/ Volunteering/Professional Associations/Teaching, Speaking & Writing
Gifts from Outside Sources Power Point Relationships w/prohibited sources/ Former colleagues/Free offers by email
Gifts Between Employees Power Point Holiday parties and gifts/ Retirement luncheon