Preventing Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service

Title:
Preventing Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service
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062-300-00021-3
ISBN:
9780160942532
Description

This report explains the statutory and regulatory prohibitions against nepotism in the Federal civil service and steps that agencies and employees can take to protect the service from nepotism. Employees assisting certain relatives to obtain employment or advancement in the civil service is prohibited by a criminal statute, the statute that governs the Federal civil service, and the regulations for ethical conduct by Federal employees. Each of these authorities applies to slightly different but often overlapping behaviors, and the agency that is empowered to address the situation can vary. However, despite the differences in how these authorities operate, they tend to share a common means for avoiding the impropriety.

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY i

The President of the United States ii

Agencies iii

U.S. Office of Personnel Management iii

Employees iv

Applicants iv

INTRODUCTION 1

Purpose 2

Methodology 3

CHAPTER ONE: THE CRIMINAL STATUTE 5

Spouses Under the Criminal Statute 5

Children Under the Criminal Statute 7

Avoiding Violations of the Criminal Statute 8

CHAPTER TWO: NEPOTISM AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFENSE 11

Examples of Nepotism Warranting an Adverse Action 14

Examples Where Nepotism Was Not Found 15

Exercising Poor Judgment 18

Deliberately Helping Someone Else Commit Nepotism 19

Avoiding Nepotism 21

CHAPTER THREE: WHAT AGENCIES CAN DO TO REDUCE THE RISK OF NEPOTISM  27

Identifying a Nepotism Problem 27

Certifications Regarding Relatives 30

Optional Form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) 30

Using Certifications to Ensure Appointments Are Not Influenced by Nepotism 33

Education and Guidance 36

Education and Guidance Provided by the Employing Agency 37

Education and Guidance Provided by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management 39

Fair and Open Competition 42

Holding Officials Accountable 44

CONCLUSION 47

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