Office of Ethics
To provide advice and assistance to current and former employees in order to help ensure that decisions they make, and actions they take, are not, nor appear to be, tainted by any question of conflict of interest.
The ethics laws and regulations were established to promote and strengthen the public's confidence in the integrity of the Federal government. The Division of Ethics and Integrity strives to maintain a positive public perception in the way FDA conducts its business activities and to help employees perform the functions of their positions free from conflict of interest.
Major Functions and Descriptions
Ethics Training – provides FDA employees initial ethics orientation within 90 days from the time they enter on duty with the Agency. The purpose of the initial ethics orientation is to advise new employees of the rules governing their conduct as Federal employees. The office administers the annual ethics training that is mandatory for all FDA employees. In addition, it also develops and conducts training for the centers/offices on ethics related matters.
Advice and Assistance – counsels employees and provides authoritative advice on the statutory, regulatory, policy and procedural requirements regarding ethics and conflict of interest. Also provides counsel to former employees on post-employment restrictions.
Financial Disclosure Reporting – ensures FDA employees comply with the Public and Confidential Financial Disclosure systems which are integral parts of the Department's ethics program and conducts an annual review of the forms to help mitigate any conflicts of interest. It also monitors employee compliance with Government wide ethics regulations and Department supplemental regulations.
Ethics Liaison Activities - Provides conflict of interest guidance to the Agency advisory committee program as it relates to Special Government Employees. Reviews conflict of interest waivers to assure they are consistent with Agency policy, legally supportable, well documented and timely.
Outside Activities - Provides a comprehensive review of outside activity request forms to assure that approval is consistent with the Office of Government Ethics regulations. Provide advice to employees, and to FDA centers, on outside activity rules.