OGE's 2010 Education and Communication Award Winner's Circle

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is pleased to announce the 2010 Education and Communication Award recipients. The award recipients demonstrated a strong commitment to ethics education and communication; created a stronger ethical culture as a result of these efforts; and utilized model practices to encourage understanding and awareness of ethical behaviors. Moreover, they produced education and communication products that were innovative, creative, transferable, and successful.

The awards reflect the importance OGE places on education and communication as major factors in ensuring an ethical workforce. OGE recognizes the outstanding achievements of the following agencies:

Army Corps Engineers 

The Alaska District of the Army Corps of Engineers uses a multi-pronged approach to make ethics an organizational priority. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


U.S. Department of Agriculture 

USDA developed several training products for new and career employees. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Department of the Army HQ, USA Communications – Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (CECOM LCMC) 

CECOM designed training scenario handouts for personnel who are engaged in significant decision-making and policy-setting initiatives, are most likely to be aware of directorate activity in the subject areas, and are in the best position to identify ethics issues and provide guidance as these issues arise. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF). 


The Defense Finance and Accounting Service 

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service used remote voting devices for its initial ethics orientation. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF). 


Bonneville Power Administration 

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) developed a web-based training course, “Local News-A Federal Ethics Investigation.” For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Department of Health and Human Services 

HHS uses a variety of training strategies to train its ethics counselors. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Department of Housing and Urban Development 

 HUD uses a variety of training strategies to train its ethics counselors: (1) new ethics counselors and ethics coordinators receive live 1-on-1 training and a manual; (2) Deputy Ethics Counselors attend a 1-day workshop and receive a comprehensive manual with written standard operating procedures for all major ethics program elements; and (3) informal communications are maintained through monthly Stay in Touch Phone Calls and quarterly meetings and newsletters. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives 

ATF developed an on-line course, “Professionalism and Ethics,” to familiarize both new and current employees with Government ethics laws, regulations, and guidance and give employees an opportunity to apply what has been learned to a variety of real-life scenarios. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Department of Justice Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) 

EOUSA developed three training videos for new employees and attorneys based on popular television shows. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Department of the Treasury Financial Management Service (FMS) 

FMS targeted each of the different audiences that make up its workforce with an assortment of training products: For new employees, FMS created a 10-minute video that contains information about the ethics resources and various vignettes of ethical situations. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


U.S. Mint 

The U.S. Mint delivered in-person, instructor-led annual ethics training to all of its 1,900+ employees of its diverse workforce-–from plant floor employees to senior leadership-–stationed at six dispersed bureau facilities. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

VA created an educational video, “Inside Ethics,” using a news-show format in which a reporter investigates realistic ethical dilemmas faced by fictional VA employees and then a panel of ethics experts discusses each dilemma. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Environmental Protection Agency 

EPA developed training for their Deputy Ethics officials, one of which is an online course providing basic training on key ethics areas for new or experienced ethics officials. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 

FERC embarked on a campaign to raise employee awareness of the ethics office and to emphasize the importance of ethics. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Federal Trade Commission 

FTC purchased game software to create “Ethics Wheel of Fortune,” complete with a spinning wheel. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Nuclear Regulatory Commission 

NRC developed a variety of ethics training products: “Relationships" is a light-hearted introduction to make employees think more broadly about whether a relationship with a contractor might create a perception of impropriety; "Bad Guys Photo Album" features prominent individuals who have violated ethics laws and briefly describes the offense. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


Social Security Administration 

SSA provided in-person, instructor-led initial ethics orientations to 9,000 new employees. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).


United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 

“Ethipedia” is an online ethics guide posted on the USAID intranet for its employees who are in over 90 countries around the world. For more information, consult the winner’s circle Fact Sheet (PDF).