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» Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Ethical Treatment of Government Employees
I guess I've passed a milestone. Every year, you see, Federal contracting employees have to take an Ethics course. It makes sure you know you can't take gifts from government contractors, lobbyists, etc. (Evidently members of Congress don't have to take Ethics training, which explains a lot.) We get to take it online now, which is a great step upward from the horrendous live classes, which featured video of amateurish actors in short skits--these people made grade-school plays look like Oscar-winning performances--to illustrate right-wrong situations.
Well, I guess either since I have been buying things over a certain dollar limit, or, more likely, since I'm now a purchasing agent rather than a procurement technician, I now have to also fill out a disclosure form. I've heard other purchasing agents and contract specialists complaining about these things for years. I took one look at the form and burst out laughing: it wants me to declare any income I get from real estate investments, honoraria, speaking fees, stocks, bonds, trusts, IRAs, investments, dividends...
Apparently they've mistaken me for someone who actually has money...