Former 'In the Spotlight' Items

The following items previously appeared "In the Spotlight" on the NIH Ethics Program home page.

12/05/14: 2014 Holiday Season Gift Rules: OGC summary of rules for gifts between employees, from outside sources, and for attendance at parties, social events,and charitable fundraising (PDF, 11 pages).
Holiday Poem - "An Ethical Holiday Season" (PDF, 2 pages).

11/03/14: Annual Ethics Training - The 2014 Annual Ethics Training is now available. Required for all Federal employees, including those who completed the 2014 New Employee Ethics Orientation. Additional training may be found on the training page.

10/28/14: Revised Policy - Conflict of Interest Requirements for Researchers and Research Staff (SOP 21; Effective 10/27/14). For additional information on policy revisions please visit the protocol review section on the procedures topic page.

10/3/14: ***New ethics policy guidance released regarding Official Participation in a Leadership Position of a 501(c) Nonprofit Professional Organization***
See Policy, Employee Guidance Notice, Participation Comparison document, and Official Duty Memorandum here.

Visit the new ethics program website page added for Professional Organizations.

9/24/14: New Hatch Act Informational Packet released by OSC. Pamphlet may be distributed to employees as a quick reference guide. Additional information regarding the Hatch Act may be found on the political activities page.

8/27/14: Updated Form HHS-717-1. The Confidential Report of Financial Interests in Substantially Affected Organizations for Employees of the National Institutes of Health (HHS-717-1) has been updated to allow the use of digital signatures. It is available on the Ethics Forms page.

10/6/14: New ethics program website page added for Professional Organizations.
New ethics policy guidance released regarding Official Participation in a Leadership Position of a 501(c) Nonprofit Professional Organization. See Policy, Employee Guidance Notice, Participation Comparison document, and Official Duty Memorandum here

8/26/14: The National Government Ethics Summit will consist of a series of events held in the Washington, D.C. area, throughout the month of September. A detailed summit guide of all events may be downloaded here.

7/10/14: The next DEC/EC Quarterly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 1-4pm in building 1 (Wilson Hall).

5/13/14: ***REMINDER: The OGE-278 is due May 15th, 2014***
The report is submitted using the NIH Enterprise Ethics System (NEES) at https://nees.nih.gov/.

3/10/14: OGE issues Legal Advisory LA-14-02 (3/07/14) Participation in Initial Public Offerings by Certain Employees. This Legal Advisory addresses specific statutory limits on when certain employees may purchase securities that are the subject of an Initial Public Offering. (OGE web site)

1/15/14: The Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) is due Tuesday, February 18th, 2014. For employee resources, FAQ's, tips on filing, and resources for ethics officials visit the OGE-450 Topic page.

12/20/13: The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has issued the 2014 Schedule of Important Ethics Dates. This document contains a month-by-month listing of deadlines and reminders for agency ethics officials for the upcoming calendar year. You may access the 2014 Schedule of Important Ethics Dates at http://www.oge.gov/Program-Management/Dates-and-Deadlines/Dates-and-Deadlines/.

12/02/13: The 2013 Annual Ethics Training is now available. Required for all Federal employees, including those who completed the 2013 New Employee Ethics Orientation. Additional training may be found on the training page.

8/09/13: The DEC Workshop will be held on September 24th at the Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH Campus. All DECs and ECs are expected to attend. Additional details will be available soon.

7/29/13: Electronic signatures have been allowed for the OGE Form 278-T. The most recent form (January 2013) with PIV card signature capabilities is available on the STOCK Act information page. (OGE Form 278-T: Fillable Acrobat .pdf format)

5/13/13: The Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) is due Wednesday May 15th, 2013. For employee resources, FAQ's, tips on filing and resources for ethics officials visit the OGE-278 Topic page.
**If you require additional time for your filing, please log into NEES (https://nees.nih.gov/) to request an extension.  Request for an extension must be submitted no later than 30 days after the original filing due date of May 15, 2013.

1/30/13: The Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) is due February 15th, 2013. For employee resources, FAQ's, tips on filing and resources for ethics officials visit the OGE-450 Topic page.

1/30/13: The NIH Policies and Procedures for Ensuring Scientific Integrity (.pdf) is now posted on the NIH Research & Training webpage under 'Safety Regulation & Guidance' and can also be accessed through the NEO Ethics Policies page.

1/15/13: Find guidance on Presidential Inaugural Events on the gifts page of our website.

10/22/12: 2012 Annual Ethics Training: Seeking Employment and Post-Employment. Required for all Federal employees, including those who completed the 2012 New Employee Ethics Orientation. Other training available on the Training Page.

8/29/12: The 2012 Above and Beyond Award was presented to Maria Hessman, Clinical Center Ethics Assistant, at the 2012 Above and Beyond Ethics Administrative and Support Retreat. The theme of this year's retreat was Motivate, Communicate, and Facilitate.

8/29/12: The Above and Beyond Ethics Administrative and Support Retreat, entitled Motivate, Communicate, and Facilitate, will be held on main campus. The retreat is open to all administrative and support staff in the ethics offices at the NIH. Registration deadline is Friday, August 17th. See the registration form (pdf) for additional information. (removed 9/7/12)

The Above and Beyond Award will be presented at the retreat. Nominations are due no later than COB on August 3, 2012. See the nomination criteria (pdf) and the nomination form (Word) for additional information. (removed 9/7/12)

8/10/12: New IC SOP entitled Preparation and Submission of Request for ACD Clearance of an Award with Cash Prize and the form to summarize the analysis, entitled Summary Form: Analysis of Cash Award for ACD Review. See the Procedures page, the Gift Exceptions section, the paragraph about Awards.

6/20/12: Additional information regarding reporting transactions as required by the STOCK Act. See the STOCK Act page for the legal advisory and the new form OGE-278-T.

5/9/12: New Feature: When new SAOs or non-SAOs are posted, additional information to explain or support the determination will also be added, linked from the entity's name. See list of Additional SAOs Which Are Not on the D&B List for an example.

4/22/12: New web page regarding the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act. (Removed 7/19/12, later announcement remains)

12/29/11: OGE issues Legal Advisory LA-11-10 advising that the pay-level thresholds of ethics provisions remain at the 2011 levels for calendar year 2012.

OGE Annouces next quarter training opportunities for ethics officials. Register early; classes fill quickly.

2011 Holiday Season Gift Rules: OGC summary of rules for gifts between employees, from outside sources, and for attendance at parties, social events,and charitable fundraising. PDF version (11 pages) Holiday Poem (pdf, 1 page)

11/8/11: 2011 Annual Ethics Training: Government Ethics and Social Media is required for all NIH regular Government employees. Progress and completion will be tracked. In addition, you may save or print the certificate of completion at the end.

Non-employees (e.g., visiting staff, guest staff, contractors, other non-employees). If you are instructed to complete 2011 Annual Ethics Training, please choose this link. You will review the same material however your progress and complete will not be tracked.

Additional training about non-employees interacting with Federal Government employees is available. Go to the Training page, to the non-employee section.

NINDS Receives Ethics Program Excellence and Innovation Award: The NINDS Ethics Office received the 2011 Program Excellence and Innovation Award at the 18th National Government Ethics Conference, sponsored by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). See the full article in the NIH Record, November 11th edition, on the Milestones page (scroll to the bottom). Congratulations to NINDS! (Removed 1/2/12)

NCCAM's Robin Klevins receives the 2011 Ethics Awareness Poster Award from the Office of Government Ethics. The purpose of the poster contest is to showcase the creativity of individuals in raising employee awareness, and to foster the sharing of effective awareness-raising ideas across the ethics community.  The award-winning posters will be made available for use by all agencies throughout the executive branch. Congratulations to Robyn and NCCAM! (Removed 1/2/12)

9/9/11: Summary and pictures from the first Above and Beyond Ethics Retreat for Administrative and Support Staff, held August 31, 2011 (15 MB of pictures, allow several seconds to load) (Removed 1/2/12)

7/6/11: Link to Federal Register notice (pdf format, html format) regarding raising gift reporting threshold for the OGE-278 and OGE-450, and the non-sponsor WAG ceiling effective in 2011 (financial disclosure reports covering 2010 use the prior reporting threshold). (Removed 1/2/12)

6/16/11: Added information regarding the new value for accepting gifts from foreign entities, and links to the new HHS summary. See the Gifts from Foreign Entities page. (Removed 1/2/12)

Updated: 2/26/15