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Conflict of Interest
University employees are prohibited from engaging in certain activities that may result in personal gain, that conflict with their University appointment or that result in personal use of state resources. The following summarizes the relevant information.
- "Kickback", as defined by federal regulations, is any money, fee, commission, credit, gift, gratuity, thing of value, or compensation of any kind that is provided directly or indirectly to any prime contractor, prime contractor employee, subcontractor, or subcontractor employee for the purpose of improperly obtaining or rewarding favorable treatment. University employees are prohibited under federal and state laws from accepting or offering kickbacks.
- Procurement Integrity
- The Procurement Integrity Provisions of Public Law 100-679 (1988) prohibit University employees from offering promises of future employment, business opportunities, money, gratuities or other things of value to federal procurement agents. University employees are prohibited from soliciting information about proprietary or source selection information from any federal officer or employee before a contract is awarded. University employees responsible for a federal contract over $100,000 may be required to certify before the award that they have no information of a violation of the procurement integrity provisions.
- Ethics in Public Service Act - Personal Use of State Resources
- The Ethics in Public Service Act codified in Chapter 42.52 of the Revised Code of Washington prohibits State of Washington employees from accepting a gift, gratuity or additional compensation for personal services rendered as part of official duties.
Regulations published by the State Ethics Board generally prohibit the use of university facilities and equipment for personal business use with some limited exceptions. UW
Administrative Policy Statement 47.2 describes the extent to which UW computers, e-mail, and local telephones may and may not be used for personal non-business use.
University resources may not be used for political purposes.
- Outside Consulting Work
- Faculty and staff are required to receive prior approval from their supervisors prior to engaging in outside professional work for compensation. See University Handbook IV-47 and Administrative Policy Statement 47.3. University facilities and resources, including computers and e-mail, may not be used in outside work.
UW employees may have access to information or materials that are considered confidential. Employees should use discretion and care with confidential information or documents.
If you are not certain about which information is considered confidential, please consult with your supervisor or departmental administrator.