Commissioned Officers and Ethics

The following is a summary of a presentation by Captain Denise Canton, Senior Personnel Policy Specialist, Division of Commissioned Personnel, DHHS, at the December 17, 1997, meeting of the NIH Ethics Coordinators. Background materials provided by Captain Canton are referenced at the end of the summary.  This document is updated as rules and regulations change.  

Note changes as of August 2004 regarding activities during terminal leave.

BACKGROUND ON LEAVE STATUS (1)

When Ethics Coordinators (ECs) deal with Outside and Official Duty Activities, questions about the use of leave by Commissioned Officers (COs) can arise. The following section on Leave Status is intended as general background for EC review of ethics related activities.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
EXAMPLE 1

July 7
Work Day

July 1
Work Day
July 2
Work Day
July 3
Work Day
July 4
Work Day
July 5
Station Leave
July 6
Station Leave
EXAMPLE 2

July 7
Work Day

July 1
Annual Leave
July 2
Annual Leave
July 3
Annual Leave
July 4
Annual Leave
July 5
Station Leave
July 6
Station Leave
EXAMPLE 3

July 7
Annual Leave
July 14
Work Day

 

July 8
Annual Leave

 

July 9
Annual Leave

 

July 10
Annual Leave

July 4
Holiday
July 11
Annual Leave
July 5
Station Leave
July 12
Station Leave
July 6
Station Leave
July 13
Station Leave
EXAMPLE 4

July 7
Annual Leave
July 14
Work Day

July 1
Annual Leave
July 8
Annual Leave
July 2
Annual Leave
July 9
Annual Leave
July 3
Annual Leave
July 10
Annual Leave
July 4
Annual Leave
July 11
Annual Leave
July 5
Annual Leave
July 12
Station Leave
July 6
Annual Leave
July 13
Station Leave

OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES

POST EMPLOYMENT

HATCH ACT

For additional information, contact your Deputy Ethics Counselor or your ICD's Ethics Coordinator.

Footnotes:

(1) A Supervisor's Guide to the Commissioned Personnel System, 1995.

(2) July 3, 1997 Memorandum from Director, DCP to Active-Duty Commissioned Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service regarding Standards of Conduct. [This memorandum is updated and sent annually to all officers].

(3) 48 CFR 37.104 Personal Services Contracts, Title 48 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations System.

For additional information, contact your IC's Deputy Ethics Counselor or Ethics Coordinator.

Updated: 2/19/13