Department of Veterans Affairs Ethics Statement

Overview

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
287 WEST STREET
ROCKY HILL, CT 06067
Subject: Policy – Agency Ethics
Revised: December 23, 2019

All Department of Veterans Affairs and its employees are committed to adherence to the highest ethical standards. Department of Veterans Affairs employees shall conduct themselves in accordance with the Connecticut Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees, Governor Rell’s Executive Order No. 1 and the Mission Statement of the Department. All employees shall strive to ensure that the veterans of Connecticut are provided the best possible medical, nursing, domiciliary care, and advocacy assistance services.
All services and programs shall be provided to Connecticut Veterans an equitable and unbiased manner in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and best practices.

APPLICATION
The provisions of this policy apply to all employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The policy shall be reviewed annually by each Department of Veterans Affairs employee. Prospective employees shall review this policy prior to accepting a position.

POLICY
A copy of the Guide to the Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees is attached. The principal provisions of the Code are as follows:

  • GIFTS. In general, state employees are prohibited from accepting gifts from (1) anyone doing business with, seeking to do business with, or directly regulated by the state employee’s agency or department, (2) from persons known to be a registered lobbyist or lobbyist’s representative, or (3) from state vendors prequalified under General Statutes § 4a-100 (see the Department of Administrative Services Contactor Prequalification Program website for the list).

  • FINANCIAL BENEFIT. A state employee is prohibited from using his/her office for the financial benefit of the individual, certain family members, or that of an associated business.
  • OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT. A state employee may not accept outside employment which will impair his/her independence of judgment as to official state duties or which would induce the disclosure of confidential information. Generally, outside
    employment is barred if the private employer can benefit from the state employee’s
    official actions.

  •  FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE. Certain state employees are required to file a financial
    disclosure statement with the Office of State Ethics. This statement will be
    considered public information.
  • POST-STATE EMPLOYMENT. There may be post-employment restrictions,
    known as “revolving door” prohibitions. For example, there are restrictions on
    accepting employment with a party to certain contracts if you were involved in the
    negotiation or award of the contract; for one year after leaving state service, you
    may not represent anyone for compensation before your former agency; you may
    never disclose any confidential information you learned during the course of your
    state service for anyone’s financial gain; you may never represent anyone other
    than the state regarding a particular matter in which you were personally and
    substantially involved while in state service and in which the state has substantial
    interest; certain designated individuals in the state’s regulatory agencies may not,
    for one year after leaving state service, accept employment with any business
    subject to regulation by their former agency.

Please be advised that this is only a general overview. If you have specific questions
about the State Code of Ethics, you should contact Noreen R. Sinclair, the agency Ethics
Liaison Officer at (860) 616-3630, or contact the Office of State Ethics directly at (860)
263-2400.

It shall be the responsibility of each Department of Veterans Affairs employee to bring
any circumstances that may be or could lead to a violation of the State Code of Ethics to
the attention of Ms. Sinclair, the Commission of Veterans Affairs or the Office of State
Ethics immediately. Prospective employees shall disclose any such circumstances
during an interview or as early as possible.

Issued:
_________________________ 

Noreen Sinclair 
Human Resources Administrator

December 23, 2019
Date

 

Approved:
__________________________ 
Thomas J. Saadi 
Commissioner 

December 23, 2019
Date