Government Ethics has been in the news a lot lately–numerous public officials and employees have been accused in the press of violating ethics rules and norms in terms of self -dealing, conflicts of interest, acceptance of inappropriate gifts, and violations of post-employment restrictions, among other issues. Cities, towns and counties, regardless of size, need to have clear rules and guidelines for elected officials and employees to prevent both actual and perceived problems. Processes and procedures to investigate and enforce violations need to be in place even if no issues have occurred in the past.
At RMEC, we assist government agencies and businesses in drafting and/or reviewing ethics codes, rules, regulations and laws, and in revising in accordance with best practices. We investigate allegations of violations and make recommendations regarding necessary future actions. We will also provide training on both values-based and rules-based ethics issues, and create appropriate training materials and handbooks as requested.