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Ethical Guidelines in Working With Government Contractors

Mark P. Rossow, PhD, PE Retired

Course Outline

This one-hour online course discusses ethical rules related to conflicting financial interests, maintaining impartiality, gifting, and moving to and from government employment and employment in the private sector.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

Intended Audience

This course is intended primarily for engineers employed in the executive branch of the federal government and for engineers employed by government contractors.

Benefit to Attendees

An attendee of this course will be familiar with the rules governing ethical issues arising when Federal employees work with Government contractor.

Course Introduction

In recent years, the Federal work-place has undergone tremendous change as more work is being contracted out to the private sector.  One result has been an increase in the number of Government contractor employees in the Federal workplace. 

Course Content

This course is based on the U.S. Office of Government Ethics ( document, “Working With Government Contractors”, November, 2007.

Working With Government Contractors

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Course Summary

Standards of ethical conduct are stated for Federal employees working with Government contractors.  Applications to many realistic situations are described, and the applications of the standards to each situation are discussed.

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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.