On-line Ethics Training
“Our county is looking for online ethics and fraud trainings that new and existing employees can view. Does your city or county use an online training program on these topics?”
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) fielded this question on its “leadership and ethics” web page earlier this year. One response mentioned examples from Chicago and San Diego. In addition, ICMA pointed to its commercially available “Ethics 101 e-course” (https://icma.org/node/22253).
The City of Chicago Board of Ethics provides online and on-site training and seminars, as well as related classes, workshops, presentations, and more (see its education and training web page, listed below). One of its innovative approaches is to provide short YouTube training videos, as follows:
- Chicago Board of Ethics Training Video (6:14), https://youtu.be/Ys4aBUajRL0
- Ethics Training Program for Contractors to the City of Chicago (5:38), https://youtu.be/NeFCUa_HbMQ
The City of San Diego requires city officials and unclassified city officers, employees, and certain others to attend face-to-face training (as does Chicago) but it also offers an online program for consultants and most board and commission members, according to its website, which does not provide examples or links.
Ohio (admittedly not a city or county) provides e-learning options via the State of Ohio Ethics Commission’s website. E-course options include a one-hour overview of Ohio ethics law, 15-minute topic specific e-courses suitable for staff meetings or other settings, a six-part series, and a 15-minute course designed for the private sector. Each course is accessible from the website.
Other cities, counties, and states also take various approaches to online training, or are in the process of developing such training, as shown by Ohio Ethics Commission member Nick Paul and colleagues in a presentation for the 2016 Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) conference (Nick, Berlin, & Dawson, 2016).
|Municipality||Online Training Examples|
|Los Angeles County MTA||is creating an e-training program|
|Atlanta, Milwaukee County, New York City, and Washington DC||are developing e-learning courses|
|Denver||offers online training for most new employees|
|Philadelphia||offers online training about changes to the Whistleblower Protection Code|
|Connecticut Office of State Ethics||offers interactive online training and training by web-streaming video and partnered with the Connecticut Education Academy to add ethics e-learning options to the course catalog|
|Delaware Public Integrity Commission||created an online training module|
|Massachusetts State Ethics Commission||offers a webinar option for conflict of interest law seminars|
|New Jersey State Ethics Commission||recently updated its comprehensive online ethics training program and made the program available on the State’s Learning Management System and the Commission’s website|
|North Carolina State Ethics Commission||provides online education for all covered persons|
|Ohio Ethics Commission||provides various online learning opportunities (highlighted above)|
|University of Texas System, Office of General Counsel||developed a web-based training course for all employees|
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City of Chicago Board of Ethics. “Education and Training” (web page). https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/ethics/provdrs/edu.html
City of San Diego Ethics Commission. “Ethics Training Program” (web page). https://www.sandiego.gov/ethics/about/training
ICMA. “Leadership & Ethics” (web page). https://icma.org/topics/leadership-and-ethics. See also https://icma.org/topic-search/ethics
Nick, Paul M., Steve Berlin, and Mary Dawson. “2016 Ethics Update I & II: Legal Summary & Notes.” Prepared for COGEL 2016 Conference, December 2016. http://www.ethics.ohio.gov/education/downloads/2016%20Cogel%20Ethics%20Update%20Legal%20Summary%20%20Notes%20With%20TOC.pdf
State of Ohio Ethics Commission. “Ohio Ethics Law E-Courses” (web page). http://www.ethics.ohio.gov/education/elearning/index.html