Keeping Employees Aware of Ethics Issues

Ethics counselors at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) use various methods to keep employees aware of ethics issues. For example, NIMA has an internal publication entitled the “Edge” which is published monthly. The February 1999 issue had more than 20 pages (of a total of 35) dedicated to ethics articles which included an ethics quiz. The Edge is readily available to all NIMA employees.

In addition, there are two publications produced by the Office of General Counsel (OGC) which are also used to provide ethics information to NIMA employees. The Standards of Ethical Conduct Semi-Annual Notice is published in the winter and summer. It covers current news about ethics issues and offers in-depth analysis on selected ethics topics of interest to NIMA employees. Legalines, which is published quarterly, provides NIMA managers and supervisors current news about legal issues affecting NIMA, including ethics matters. Both publications are generally available to all NIMA employees.

Finally, the OGC has an internal agency home page through which all of the publications are available. The home page also contains post-employment information; the text of 5 C.F.R. part 2635; the Department of Defense supplement to part 2635 at part 3601; the OGE Form 450: A Review Guide; and numerous other ethics documents and reference materials. This home page is available throughout NIMA.