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Ethics and Conduct

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection adheres to government-wide ethical standards for employees. Ethics are crucial to ensure Government business is conducted with integrity.

A Brief Wrap on Ethics

This booklet provides an easy-to-read, anecdotal treatment of some of the basic ethics laws and regulations. It uses simple examples to facilitate reader understanding.

Executive Order 13490 (Jan. 21, 2009): Prescribing Standards of Ethical Conduct for Government Officers and Employees

On January 21, 2009 President Obama issued Executive Order 13490. One of the requirements under the Executive Order is that appointees of his Administration sign an Ethics Pledge confirming a commitment to abide by the provisions the President has set forth in the Order. The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issuedd guidance on the Pledge provisions; their interpretive memoranda are linked below.

CBP Ethics Officials

If questions on ethics-related matters arise, contact the servicing Office of Chief Counsel for your geographical area. Once you have reported for duty, you may obtain more detailed ethics contact information on the CBP intranet site under the Office of Chief Counsel.

CBP Directive NO. 51735-013: Standards of Conduct

This directive establishes the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  policy on the ethical conduct and responsibilities of employees. This CBP directive applies to all personnel employed by or detailed to all CBP organizational elements.

Table of Offenses and Penalties

This Table of Offenses and Penalties serves as a guide to managers, supervisors, and practitioners in assessing the appropriate penalties for common types of misconduct.