This website is a "plain English" guide to the ethics laws and regulations that apply to Department of the Interior (DOI) employees. It is not meant to cover every ethics situation or all of the details of the ethics statutes and regulations. Furthermore, this guide is not intended to replace the advice of DOI or bureau ethics counselors. It is intended to give a basic framework and help in your everyday ethics questions. However, changes in the ethics rules occur regularly and often quickly. If you have an ethics question, you should contact an appropriately designated ethics counselor before taking action, provide him or her with all the relevant facts, and receive advice as to the course of action to take.

The DOI ethics program is administered by the Departmental Ethics Office (DEO) and managed by the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO), the principal ethics official for DOI. Working with the assistance of a network of bureaus and DOI ethics personnel, the Departmental Ethics Office implements the statutory and regulatory ethics requirements of the Federal Government and DOI.

Employees who have ethics questions are encouraged to contact an ethics counselor in their respective office or bureau. Contact information for Departmental Ethics Office personnel and bureau ethics counselors is located under "Contact Us" and "Bureau Programs" above.

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