Regular Contact with Ethics Officials at all Agency Components Leads to Consistency and Improved Accuracy

Holding regular meetings with your ethics officials in agency components, bureaus, or regional offices to discuss common issues and questions helps to standardize all aspects of the ethics program within an agency. Meetings can be held at various locations, by conference calls, through online techniques, or any other medium that allows you to reach agency ethics officials who may be organizationally or geographically widespread. Information shared during the regular meetings can be used to create an online database or FAQ section on your agency's Web site, or to produce agency-wide memoranda. Regular contact with agency ethics officials aids in standardizing the accuracy, consistency, and overall quality of financial disclosure review as well as advice and counseling provided by agency ethics officials. It can also help to identify timely training topics for annual or specialized training at agencies.