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Welcome to the Plains Area Ethics Webpage.  Our goal is to provide all employees with the information and resources they need in regards to ethical rules, regulations and procedures within USDA-ARS.

Plains Area Ethics Contacts

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Ethics at a Glance

Gifts from Outside Sources    (

Gifts between Employees    (

Conflicting Financial Interests    (

Impartiality in Performing Official Duties   (

Seeking Other Employment    (

Misuse of Position     (

Outside Activities     (

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1. Acceptance of Travel Funds from a Non-Federal Source  
    a. Include Letter of Invitation from Sponsor, and signed Letter of Acceptance from supervisor
    b. AD-1101 -

2. Request for Approval of Outside Activity
    a. OE-101 -

3. Requesting Approval to Serve as an Officer, Director, or Trustee of a Non-profit Professional
    Organization in an Official Capacity
    a. OE-208 -
    b. Please include the following:
        • Invitation or nomination (email accepted) from the nonprofit professional organization
        • Copy of (or hyperlink to) the organization's bylaws.
        • Sample letter between the Area Director or Assoc. Admin and a non-profit scholarly
          society detailing official capacity participation of an ARS employee
        • Sample Letter Official Capacity for a Society (on AXON – Password Required)

4. Conflict of Interest Certification
    a. SEB-102 -

5. Request for Approval to Accept an Award from a Non-Federal Source
    a. SEB-103 -

6. Request for Approval of Official Duty Activity
    a. SEB-106
    b. Include Letter of Invitation from Organization

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Annual Ethics Training

Ethics Training


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Ethics on Axon
USDA Science Ethics Branch
Related Sources of Information
USDA Ethics Issuances

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Last Modified: 9/23/2015