Est. time: 17 min
In 1990, then President George H.W. Bush signed Executive Order 12731 entitled “Principles of Ethical Conduct for Government Officers and Employees.” This Executive Order outlined expected ethical conduct for government employees as it pertains to ethical practice in government addressing issues of fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption. As employees of State and local government, and caretakers of local taxpayer assets, it is incumbent upon each government funded employee to be aware of, and put into practice, ethical conduct during the course of employment responsibilities. Written by Diane Schweitzer, in this tutorial, you will learn: the content of Executive Order 12731, definitions of fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption as it applies to ethical conduct, your responsibility for recognizing conduct that does not meet ethical standards, your responsibility for reporting unethical conduct, procedures for reporting such conduct, your protection for reporting such conduct, the procedures for investigating a report of suspected unethical conduct, and right of appeal.