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.
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.
- DO-09-003 Executive Order; Ethics Pledge - January 22, 2009
- DO-09-005 Signing the Ethics Pledge - February 10, 2009
- DO-09-007 Lobbyist Gift Ban Guidance - February 11, 2009
- DO-09-008 Authorizations Pursuant to Section 3 of Executive Order 13490 - February 23, 2009
- DO-09-010 Who Must Sign the Ethics Pledge? - March 16, 2009
- DO-09-011 Ethics Pledge Revolving Door Ban --All Appointees Entering Government - March 26, 2009
- DO-09-014 Holdover Appointees and the Ethics Pledge - April 28, 2009
- DO-09-020 Ethics Pledge Issues: Speeches and Pledge Paragraph 2; Intergovernmental Personnel Act Detailees - May 26, 2009
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.
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.
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.