Office of Ethics
United States Department of Agriculture

New Employees


USDA’s Office of Ethics is here to assist you with understanding the rules that govern your conduct as a government employee, including the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees in the Executive Branch, USDA’s Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct, and the Federal criminal conflict of interest laws.

The basic principle of government ethics is reasonably straightforward – public office is a public trust, and you may not use your government office for private gain. However, the rules that implement this principle sometimes appear complicated. Below you will find basic information about the ethics rules applicable to USDA employees. Additional information on the rules can be found on the Office of Ethics website here. Of course, the Office of Ethics is available to assist with any questions you may have. Please contact us at 202-720-2251, or email us using the appropriate address displayed on the chart here.

Please Review the Following Materials as Part of Your New Employee Ethics Orientation Training
14 General Principles of Ethical Conduct
Summary of the Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch
USDA Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct

Contact the USDA Office of Ethics
USDA Office of Ethics Main Phone Number: 202-720-2251
Email Contact List for USDA Office of Ethics
Contact List for USDA Office of Ethics Advisors

Additional Reference Materials for New Employees
Training Modules and Videos
Frequently Asked Questions
Self Help Guides