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Maine Bulletin No. ME 360-13-2

 

                                                                                                            December 17, 2012
 

Subject:  PER – Employees Participation in NRCS Programs
 

Action Due: January 11, 2013

Purpose. To provide new information on NRCS employees understanding the Ethics Rules and Requirements when they participate in an NRCS Program or NRCS Assisted Program.

Expiration Date. September 30, 2013

According to GM 110, Part 405, Subpart G – Employee Participation in NRCS Programs, employees must understand the Ethics Rules and Requirements when they or one of the parties listed below participate in an NRCS Program or NRCS Assisted Program:

  • the employee’s spouse or minor child
  • the employee’s outside employer or perspective employer
  • an organization in which the employee serves as officer, director, trustee, or general partner
  • specific parties where the matter is likely to have a direct and predictable effect on the financial interest of a member of the employee’s household or where the employee knows that a person with whom the employee has a covered relationship is or represents a party to such matter, where the circumstances would cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts to question the employee’s impartiality in the matter. This includes:
  1. A person with whom the employee has or seeks a business, contractual or other financial relationship (except routine consumer transactions or prospective).
  2. A member of the employee’s household or close personal relative.
  3. A person for whom the employee’s spouse, parent, or dependent child is, to the employee’s knowledge, serving or seeking to serve as an officer, director, trustee, general partner, agent, attorney, consultant, contractor, or employee.
  4. Any person for whom the employee has, within the last year, served as officer, director, trustee, general partner, agent, attorney, consultant, contractor, or employee.
  5. An organization, other than a political party, in which the employee is an active participant.

I request employees participating in an NRCS Program or who have a covered relationship with one of the parties participating in an NRCS Program to email Brian Vigue, State Ethics Officer, with the Contract Number by January 11, 2013. In turn, we will review the contract to ensure compliance with the Ethics Rules and Requirements.

Contact. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Brian Vigue, State Ethics Officer at 207-990-9567 or email brian.vigue@me.usda.gov


/s/  Juan C. Hernandez

JUAN C. HERNANDEZ
State Conservationist