CIA Receives Award for Outstanding Ethics Program
McLean, VA - The Central Intelligence Agency has received the Outstanding Ethics Program Award from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). The award is presented to federal agencies for outstanding achievement in developing and managing ethics programs.
CIA accepted the award during the 10th annual Government Ethics Conference in Philadelphia on September 13. The Agency was one of 11 civilian agencies receiving the award this year.
CIA's Office of General Counsel and its ethics team led by General Counsel Robert McNamara and senior attorney Paul Kelbaugh were praised by OGE for "their excellent work in developing a very active CIA ethics program."
"The CIA ethics program is a model for other agencies and truly merits the designation as an outstanding ethics program," said Jack Covaleski, Senior Associate Director of Agency Programs at OGE.
OGE evaluates how well ethics programs are managed, how well they are run, and how well employees are being trained on ethics issues. These programs include management of public financial disclosure, internal ethics training, and advising employees on ethics issues, such as conflict of interest.
OGE is responsible for monitoring ethics programs in all executive branch departments and agencies (55 in total were evaluated this year) to determine if those programs are in compliance with federal ethics regulations. CIA's ethics program was reviewed in July-August 2000.