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Where Ethics Engages the World in Government
Government ethics edged out the economy as the top issue Americans identified as "very important" in a September 2009 poll by Rassmussen Reports. The Ethics Center is committed to working with government officials and helping them to avoid the common ethical pitfalls of holding public office. Our ongoing programs in this area can be accessed at left.
Conflicts of InterestConflicts of interest are a perennial issue for government. This year, the Center focused on new aspects of these conflicts, helping officials to recognize when their affiliations might have undue influence on their decisions.
Beyond Codes and Disclosure Forms
The Impact of Social Networking on GovernmentAmong the latest issues to confront government officials is the role that social media will play in public life. If a councilmember sets up a Facebook group and invites his colleagues to join, are they violating their city's sunshine laws? Should a mayor be texting with a lobbyist during a council meeting?
Web 2.0: Possibilities and Challenges for Local Government