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Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure

Besides having maybe the best title ever (Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure), this annual report from the Department of Defense highlights actual cases of federal employees running rampant with taxpayer resources. Intended as a training tool, these cases are organized by area of offense, and include coverage of:

Abuse of Position
Bribery
Credit Card Abuse
Gift Violations
Travel Violations
and many more.

Besides the rage these violations may provoke in honest taxpayers, what else can be gained from this report? Perhaps, if you’ve got employees or an HR department, these examples could be used as a basis to build internal policies, or reiterate those already in place.

For more guidance on writing employee policy handbooks or operations manuals, visit the Biz Info Library’s section on HR Administration.

UPDATE: I should have mentioned that the Library also hosts a very valuable resource for companies interested in doing the RIGHT things, the Hill Center for Ethical Business Leadership.  The Center exists to help businesses prosper through a strategic commitment to ethics and social responsibility.  They offer a range of both free and fee-based services and resources.  Check out the Hill Center online, or contact Hill Center director Charles Weinstein [cweinstein at jjhill.org]  for information

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