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On Monday, the same day that news broke that a bunch of city employees were allegedly taking home both a pay check and unemployment benefits, Mayor Vince Gray told all District government workers that they have to sign an ethics pledge. And yes, since you’re wondering, a spokesman for the mayor says signing the pledge is mandatory.
Here it is:
D.C. GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE ETHICS PLEDGE
As an employee of the Government of the District of Columbia, I understand that I am a public servant and, thereby, am entrusted with working for the common good of our city and its residents.
As a public servant, I have been given access to governmental power and resources for one purpose: To serve the government of the District of Columbia and the people whom that government represents.
Therefore, I solemnly pledge to honor the public trust and responsibility with which I have been entrusted by:
1. Refraining from misuse of my position or office for personal financial benefit or for the financial benefit of my
relatives, friends or organizations with which I am affiliated;
2. Avoiding financial conflicts of interest by declining to participate in government actions that could affect my
own financial interests or those of my relatives, friends or organizations with which I am affiliated;
3. Avoiding representational conflicts of interest by declining to represent a non-governmental party in a matter
before the government or involving the government;
4. Avoiding gifts and payments from interested parties by refraining from soliciting or accepting anything of value
from those who are regulated by or are doing business with the government;
5. Avoiding outside payment for government work by refraining from soliciting or accepting anything of value from
outside sources for doing government work;
6. Acting impartially by avoiding giving preferential treatment to anyone;
7. Safeguarding government resources by declining to use government letterhead, personnel, equipment, supplies,
or other resources for a non-government purpose or engaging in personal or private activities during times when I
am required to perform work for the government;
8. Safeguarding confidential non-public information by not revealing or using confidential non-public
information for a non-government purpose;
9. Disclosing waste or illegal conduct by government officials to the appropriate authorities when I witness it
10. Abiding by revolving-door restrictions by following all rules and regulations restricting former government.
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