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Global Ethics Day in Delaware is Oct 19 | #education | #technology | #training | #hacking | #aihp


Andrew T. Manus

This year, Global Ethics Day will take place on Oct. 19, with the theme of “Ethics Empowered.” Established by Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Global Ethics Day is an annual event designed to empower ethics through the actions of both individuals and organizations. Beginning in 2014, citizens, businesses, professional organizations and governments from over 75 countries have participated in Global Ethics Day.  On a more regional level, Gov. John Carney signed a proclamation acknowledging this important day. 

Here in Delaware, the state Public Integrity Commission administers and implements Delaware’s ethics law — Code of Conduct — for the Executive Branch, its financial disclosure law for all three branches, and its lobbyist registration and expense reporting laws. The PIC consists of 7 members appointed by the Governor with the concurrence of the Senate and has one staff member, the PIC’s legal representative. The PIC is able to accomplish its statutory duties with a budget of under $200k per year.

Much of the PIC’s work involves promoting and enforcing the ethical standards that apply to all State Executive Branch employees (rank and file), officers (senior level & elected officials) and honorary State officials (appointees to State boards & commissions). The State standards also apply to all local governments (unless they adopt their own Code of Conduct).

One of the PIC’s statutory duties is to issue Advisory Opinions. An Advisory Opinion is the PIC’s interpretation of the ethics laws governing the conduct of Delaware’s state, county and municipal employees, officers, and appointees. The opinion provides guidance on whether specific conduct will, or will not, violate the State Code of Conduct. An Advisory Opinion may be requested by employees or officials under the PIC’s jurisdiction.  By law, Advisory Opinions are kept confidential. On an annual basis the Commission typically hears 50-60 formal requests for Advisory Opinions. The PIC’s comprehensive 1,074-page Opinion Synopses (redacted versions of Advisory Opinions) are available for public review on our web page (http://depic.delaware.gov). Requesting an Advisory Opinion, in advance of taking action, helps prevent ethics violations. 

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