Chapter 07 - Conduct
It is the policy of the ASG to urge its career service employees and contract specialists to cultivate those personal qualities which characterize a good employee's loyalty to the United States Government and the ASG: a sense of responsibility for the public trust and a standard of personal deportment which is a credit to the individual himself and to the service. Off-the-job conduct is of concern to the government if it reflects adversely upon the dignity, integrity, and prestige of the governmental service.
Any criminal, dishonest, immoral, or any other conduct on the part of an employee which would adversely affect the government will be cause for his removal from employment. Gambling or the use of alcoholic beverages by employees in public buildings, construction sites, or offices administered by the government will not be tolerated.
An employee is required to carry out the announced policies and programs of the ASG. While policies related to his work are under consideration, he may -and is expected to express his opinions and points of view, but once a decision has been rendered by those in authority, he will be expected unreservedly to assure the success of programs which it is his responsibility to effectuate. If he fails to carry out any lawful rule, order, or policy or deliberately refuses to obey the proper requests of his superiors who have responsibility for his performance, he is subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Employees and other persons are prohibited from selling or soliciting for personal gain within a government building occupied or used by the government without proper permission. This prohibition does not apply to:
(1) authorized and installed business activities; e.g., employee cafeterias, etc.;
(2) solicitation for other approved purposes; and
(3) token solicitations for floral remembrances, retirement gifts, and for similar purposes.
An employee shall not engage in any business activity or work either in the capacity of employee or otherwise, which prevents an employee from devoting his primary interests, talents, and energies to the accomplishment of his work for the government or tends to create a conflict between the private interest of an employee and his official responsibilities. The employee must notify his department head of his outside work or activity. If the department head finds there is a conflict of interest, the employee must choose between his government job and his private job.
Employees are encouraged to participate in activities of professional societies and of civic organizations whose purpose and objectives are not inconsistent with those of the ASG.
(a) Employees shall be held accountable for government property entrusted to them for their official use. It is their responsibility to protect and conserve government property, including motor vehicles and other self-propelled equipment, and to use it economically and for official purposes only. The following rules apply to all government-owned or government-leased motor vehicles and other self-propelled equipment:
(1) All government vehicles or equipment are to be used for official business only.
(2) No government vehicle shall be issued to any employee of the government who does not have a valid government official driving permit, and no other self-propelled equipment shall be issued to any person other than a qualified operator of the equipment.
(3) No passengers or riders are to be transported unless they are on official government business or are employees of the government.
(4) A valid government official driving permit must be in the driver's possession at all times while operating a government vehicle.
(5) All accidents and traffic citations must be reported by the driver or operator to his or her immediate supervisor within 24 hours after the accident or citation.
(6) Any department permitting an employee without a valid government official driving permit to drive a government vehicle shall be held responsible for any damage or liability incurred as a result of an accident in which such employee is involved.
(b) The rules pertaining to motor vehicles and other self-propelled equipment are the established rules of the heads of all departments, agencies and other instrumentalities of the executive branch of the government having motor vehicles and such equipment under their control and authority.
An employee shall not accept from or bestow upon any person or organization with which he deals officially anything of economic value, such as a gift, loan, or gratuitous service. No employee shall solicit or make a contribution for a gift for an official superior nor accept such a gift, except as specifically authorized by law or as cited under 4.0704(3). Except as specifically authorized by law, employees are not authorized to accept from private sources on behalf of the United States Government or of the ASG voluntary donations or cash contributions for travel expenses or the furnishing of services in kind, such as hotel accommodations, meals and travel accommodations. This excep, tion does not apply to approved scholarship grants, etc., which the government has approved and supervises.
It is the policy of the government to accord the public free access to information about its activities. Employees should confine statements made in their official capacity to factual matters, and statements on policies and programs should be limited to those policies and programs presently in effect. If an employee is requested to give information outside the scope of his authority, he should refer the request through the immediate supervisor to his agency head. Inquiries from the press, radio, or TV should be referred to the department head or the public relations officer of the department.
An employee may not knowingly advocate the overthrow of our constitutional form of government through membership in any organization which asserts the right to militate against the United States or ASG.
No person in the Executive or Judicial Branch with authority to take or recommend a personnel action relative to a person in, or an eligible applicant for, a position in the government service may make inquiry concerning his political affiliation. All disclosures concerning political affiliation shall be ignored except membership in political parties or organizations constituted by law as a disqualification for government employment. Except as may be authorized or required by law, discrimination may not be exercised, threatened, or promised by any person in the Executive or Judicial Branch against or in favor of an employee in, or an eligible applicant for, a position in the career service because of his political affiliation.
Employees shall not engage in unlawful political activities as defined in 7.0807 ASCA. Where doubt exists as to the legality of certain activities, the employee shall request a ruling in writing from the director.
Employees of this government are expected to satisfy their financial commitments. Failure to meet one's obligations reflects adversely on one's standing as a government employee.
Because contracts with its own employees are considered to be against public policy, such contracts are not permitted in the government except where it is clearly shown that the interests of the United States and ASG are the major consideration to be served thereby. The only announced exception to this policy concerns sales of certain types of surplus property to employees under competitive conditions as set forth by rules promulgated by the ASG.
Employees may not have direct or indirect financial interests that conflict substantially, or appear to conflict substantially, with their responsibilities and duties as employees, nor engage in, directly or indirectly, financial transactions as a result of, or primarily relying upon, information obtained through their employment. Aside from these restrictions, employees are free to engage in lawful financial transactions to the same extent as private citizens.
It is imperative that employees comply fully with all applicable requirements of government taxing authorities at all levels, federal. territorial. state and local. Employees shall:
(1) file timely and properly all tax returns in keeping with the requirements of law, rule or ordinance;
(2) pay timely any valid tax due. Employees who fail to adhere to this requirement are subject to removal from government service or other disciplinary action.