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Your First Month

This area of the NRCS New York Human Resources Web site provides important information related to employment policies and standards of conduct that you will need to follow as an NRCS employee. During your first month, you must review these materials and become familiar with them.

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NRCS Hours of Duty
Merit Promotion Plan
USDA’s Employee Responsibilities and Conduct Departmental Regulation
Standards of Ethical Conduct - Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Regulations, 5 CFR Part 2635
Use of the Government Travel Card
USDA Civil Rights Policy Statement

Complete the following training online when your AgLearn account is active (the third week).

  • Introduction to NRCS
  • Sexual Harassment Training
  • No Fear Act Training
  • Two Factor eAuthentication
  • Ethics Training Modules (see below)

If you have questions or concerns related to AgLearn training, you may contact:

Daniel Hall, Human Resources Specialist
Phone: 315-477-6514
Fax: 315-477-6560
E-mail: Daniel Hall

Employee Ethics

NRCS General Manual 110 – 405, Subpart C prescribes the required Ethics training for new employees and the supervisors responsibilities to complete this requirement. As a new employee, you are required to review and understand regulations and policies, and complete training modules, related to Employee Ethics. 

General Manual 110-405 requires:

The following Web-based training be completed through AgLearn when account is available. AgLearn is not available until the 3rd week of employment.

  • Conflicting Interests
  • Gifts from Outside Sources
  • Participation in Outside Organizations*
  • Training Module 21 New Employee Ethics Orientation (locally required)

*Except that, employees transferring from other Federal agencies (Executive Branch) have the option to take Participation in Outside Organizations and two additional modules of their choice.

Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns related to Employee Ethics, you may contact:

Michele Demaio Grace, State Administration Officer/State Ethics Advisor
Telepone: 315-477-6509
Fax: 315-477-6560
E-mail: Michele Demaio Grace