ASPAs code of ethics for public service

Posted: July 5, 2010 in Uncategorized
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The American society for public administration was established in 1939 at Washington dc.
code of ethics (ASPA) :
1. serve the public interests :

  1. exercise discretionary authority to promote the public interest.
  2. oppose all forms of discrimination, harassment, promote affirmative action.
  3. recognize, support the public right to know the public’s business.
  4. involve citizens in policy decision making.
  5. exercise comparison benevolence, fairness & optimism.
  6. respond to the public in ways that are complete , clear, easy to understand.
  7. assist citizens in their dealings with govt.

2. respect the constitution & the law :

  1. understand , apply legislation, regulations relevant to their professional rule.
  2. work to improve , change laws & policies that are counter productive.
  3. eliminate unlawful discrimination.
  4. prevent all forms of mismanagement of public funds by establishing & maintaining strong fiscal, management controls, by supporting audits , investigative activities.
  5. respect, protect privileged information.
  6. encourage , facilitate legitimate dissent activities in govt.
  7. protect the whistle blowing rights to public employees.
  8. promote constitutional principles of equality, fairness, representativeness , responsiveness.

3. demonstrate personal integrity:

  1. maintain truthfulness, honesty & not to compromise them for advancement, honor, personnel gain.
  2. ensure that others receive credit for their work & contributions.
  3. zealously guard against conflict of interest.
  4. respect superiors, subordinates, colleagues, public.
  5. take responsibilities for their own errors.
  6. conduct official acts without partnerships.

4. promote ethical organization:

  1. enhance organization capacity for open communication, creativity, dedication.
  2. subordinate institutional loyalties to the public good.
  3. establish procedure that promote ethical behavior.
  4. hold individuals , organizations accountable for their conduct.
  5. provide organizational members with an administrative means for dissent, assurance of due process, safeguards against reprisal.
  6. promote merit principles that protect against arbitrary & capricious actions.
  7. promote organization accountability through appropriate controls procedures.
  8. encourage organization to adopt , distribute, periodically review a code of ethics as a living document.

5. strive for professional excellence :

  1. provide support, encouragement to upgrade competence.
  2. accept as a personal duty the responsibility to keep up to date on emerging issues & potential problems.
  3. encourage others, throughout their careers, to participate in professional activities, associations.
  4. allocate time to meet with students.
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