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Ethics in Contracting

Duration: 1 Day 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Continuing Education Hours: 8

Workshop Description:

The purpose of this workshop is to help those involved with the public purchasing process to understand the importance of ethical behavior in government contracting. It is designed to help procurement professionals recognize ethical dilemmas and give them the tools necessary to make sound, ethical decisions. Also includes discussion of the various types of procurement fraud and how to recognize fraud indicators. The workshop contains lecture and discussion; as well as small group exercises and case studies.

Who Should Attend:
  • All government purchasers who want to understand the importance of ethics in contracting and how to make sound ethical decisions in the government procurement process.
  • Non-purchasing staff who interact with vendors and other parties in which conflicts of interests or other ethical situations may arise.
Workshop:
  • Discussion of ethics and personal values
  • Ethics laws
  • Standards of ethical conduct
  • Conflict of Interest
    • Acceptance of Benefits
    • Abuse of Office
    • Other Employment
    • Impartiality
    • Political Activity/Lobbying
    • Confidential Information
    • Use of Government Property
  • Penalties for violating ethical standards
  • Ethical dilemmas in contracting
  • Ethics in contracting case study
  • 5 steps to ethical decision making
  • Types of procurement fraud
  • Fraud indicators
Benefits of Attendance – participants will:
  • Understand the importance of ethical behavior and personal values
  • Know ethics laws and policies
  • Learn the standards of conduct for ethical behavior
  • Know the consequences of violating ethical standards
  • Recognize and react appropriately to the "red flags" of unethical situations
  • Understand the importance of the "appearance of impropriety"
  • Learn the 5 Steps to Ethical Decision Making
  • Develop confidence in your own ethical decision-making abilities
  • Learn the types of procurement fraud and how to recognize fraud indicators

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