Please note that Friday, January 20, 2017, is a federal holiday for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  The following FLRA offices will not be open to accept in-person case filings or to respond to phone calls on that day:  the Authority’s Case Intake and Publication Office, the Office of Administrative Law Judges, the Washington Regional Office, and the Federal Service Impasses Panel.  The FLRA’s eFiling System remains available.         

Ode to an Ethical New Year

                                                                                  

Ode to an Ethical New Year
 
Should rules of conduct be forgot
And never brought to mind.
Consider this -  it means a lot
To stay out of a bind.
 
For now is sleigh bell time, of course
So eat and drink a ‘plenty
But gifts from any outside source.
Cannot exceed a twenty.
 
A gift exchange between good pals
Who happen to be Feds.
Comports with ethics principles
And won’t turn any heads.
 
To gift a boss you think is swell
Some chocolates, or a pen.
Is nice to do, but I retell
The maximum is ten.
                       
Modest snacks like joe or cheese
We do not deem a gift
So take as many as you please,
Enjoy your caffeine lift.
 
And if an invitation to
An open house you snag
Follow your inclination to
Accept - if it’s a WAG*
 
And if a contractor’s soiree
Is open to the masses
And not just the FLRA
Ethics-wise, it passes.
 
Should rules of conduct be opaque.
Check with your DAEO here.
And have a merry Christmas break
And fabulous New Year.
 
*Acronym for widely attended gathering.