Executive Ethics Board News
In lieu of an enforcement hearing, the Board accepted stipulations from:
- An employee of the Military Department, for use of state resources for personal gain. Evidence indicated the employee falsified time and attendance records by not appropriately accounting for leave and attendance on timesheets as well as not submitting the required leave requests.. The Board levied a civil penalty of $2,500, suspending $1,750.
- An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services at Eastern State Hospital, for accepting honoraria from pharmaceutical companies to promote their products and using influence to promote their products to the state. Evidence indicated that the employee used state resources to conduct promotional lectures for the Pharmaceuticals and accepted payment for appearances on many occasions. The employee was on leave during the time the employee gavelectures, however the employee did not have a notification of outside employment form on file with DSHS to provide such services to pharmaceutical companies. In addition, DSHS policy prohibits employees from receiving honoraria of any kind. A review of th employee email also revealed that the employee conducted other outside employment activities using state resources. The Board levied a civil penalty of $10,000 with $2,500 suspended.
- An employee of the Department of Transportation, for using state resources to promote/support an outside non-profit organization of which the mployee was a board member. Records indicated that the employee used a state computer and official job title while corresponding with another state agency regarding the non-profit. The Board levied a civil penalty of $500 with $250 suspended.
- An employee of the Department of Social and Health Services for using state resources for outside business. Records did show that the employee sent and received a few emails supporting the employee’s outside business in 2009, but there was no evidence to indicate more recent use of state resources for that purpose. The Board issued her a Letter of Instruction, including a requirement that she complete the online Ethics Challenge.