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1 Eugene Anderson Department of General Services 1

2 Overview Definitions SGMP Code of Ethics Laws and Regulations Affecting Ethics Case Studies Summary Questions and Comments (Anytime) 2

3 Definitions Ethics – the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group; moral principles VPPA – VA Public Procurement Act (Code) APSPM – Agency Procurement and Surplus Property Manual (Regulations) 3

4 SGMP Code of Ethics 4

5 Avoid Misrepresentation To avoid misrepresentation in all business dealings, recognizing that permanent business relations on a professional level can be maintained only on a basis of honesty and fairness Virginia Governmental Frauds Act. §§ through VPPA §

6 Recognize Character To recognize that character is the greatest asset in commerce and to give it consideration in all business transactions for the betterment of the profession State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act §§ & VPPA §§ through APSPM 3.22 c, d and g 6

7 Best Value To buy and sell on the basis of value, recognizing that value represents that combination of quality of service and price which assures the greatest ultimate economy to the user VPPA §

8 8 Laws and Regulations Affecting Ethics

9 9 Avoid Misrepresentation § Any person, in any commercial dealing in any matter within the jurisdiction of: Any department or agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or Any local government

10 10 Who knowingly falsifies, conceals, misleads, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact, or makes any false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations, or Makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry Shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony

11 Recognize Character § Applicable to all state and local government officers and employees So that the standards of conduct for officers and employees may be uniform throughout the Commonwealth 11

12 Recognize Character § No officer or employee of a state or local governmental or advisory agency shall: Solicit or accept money or other thing of value for services performed within the scope of his official duties, except the compensation, expenses or other remuneration paid by the agency of which he is an officer or employee 12

13 13 Offer or accept any money or other thing of value for or in consideration of the use of his public position to obtain a contract for any person or business with any governmental or advisory agency Use for his own economic benefit or that of another party confidential information that he has acquired by reason of his public position and which is not available to the public

14 14 Accept any money, loan, gift, favor, service, or business or professional opportunity that reasonably tends to influence him in the performance of his official duties

15 15 Accept any business or professional opportunity when he knows that there is a reasonable likelihood that the opportunity is being afforded him to influence him in the performance of his official duties

16 16 Accept a gift from a person who has interests that may be substantially affected by the performance of the officer's or employee's official duties under circumstances where the timing and nature of the gift would cause a reasonable person to question the officer's or employee's impartiality in the matter affecting the donor

17 17 Recognize Character § Purpose VPPA, Article 6, shall supplement, but shall not supersede, other provisions of law including, but not limited to, the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, Virginia Governmental Frauds Act VPPA, Article 6, applies notwithstanding the fact that the conduct described may not constitute a violation of the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act

18 18 Recognize Character § Definitions "Immediate family" means a spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters, and any other person living in the same household as the employee "Official responsibility" means administrative or operating authority, whether intermediate or final, to initiate, approve, disapprove or otherwise affect a procurement transaction, or any claim resulting there from

19 19 "Procurement transaction" means all functions that pertain to the obtaining of any goods, services or construction, including description of requirements, selection and solicitation of sources, preparation and award of contract, and all phases of contract administration "Pecuniary interest arising from the procurement" means a personal interest in a contract as defined in the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act

20 20 "Public employee" means any person employed by a public body, including elected officials or appointed members of governing bodies

21 21 Recognize Character § Participation Except as may be specifically allowed by law, no public employee having official responsibility for a procurement transaction shall participate in that transaction on behalf of the public body when the employee knows that: The employee is contemporaneously employed by a bidder, offeror or contractor involved in the procurement transaction

22 22 The employee, the employee's partner, or any member of the employee's immediate family holds a position with a bidder, offeror or contractor such as an officer, director, trustee, partner or the like, or Employed in a capacity involving personal and substantial participation in the procurement transaction, or Owns or controls an interest of more than five percent

23 23 The employee, the employee's partner, or any member of the employee's immediate family has a pecuniary interest arising from the procurement transaction; or The employee, the employee's partner, or any member of the employee's immediate family is negotiating, or has an arrangement concerning, prospective employment with a bidder, offeror or contractor

24 24 Recognize Character § Gifts No public employee having official responsibility for a procurement transaction shall solicit, demand, accept, or agree to accept from a bidder, offeror, contractor or subcontractor any payment, loan, subscription, advance, deposit of money, services or anything of more than nominal or minimal value, present or promised, unless consideration of substantially equal or greater value is exchanged The public body may recover the value of anything conveyed in violation of this subsection

25 25 No bidder, offeror, contractor or subcontractor shall confer upon any public employee having official responsibility for a procurement transaction any payment, loan, subscription, advance, deposit of money, services or anything of more than nominal value, present or promised, unless consideration of substantially equal or greater value is exchanged

26 Recognize Character § Misrepresentations No public employee having official responsibility for a procurement transaction Shall knowingly falsify, conceal, or misrepresent a material fact; knowingly make any false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations; or Make or use any false writing or document knowing it to contain any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry 26

27 Recognize Character § Penalty Any person convicted of a willful violation of any provision of Article 6, §§ through , Ethics in Public Contracting, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor Upon conviction, any public employee, in addition to any other fine or penalty provided by law, shall forfeit his employment 27

28 28 Recognize Character APSPM 3.22.c In some situations it may be necessary for personnel to make site visits in conjunction with a solicitation to evaluate vendor capability and equipment If site visits are required for evaluation purposes, the state, and not the vendors being evaluated, should pay for such visits

29 29 Exceptions to this policy may be made by the agency head or his/her designee Any exception must be made on a case by case basis If an exception is made a written determination signed by the agency head or his or her designee shall be included in the contract file

30 30 A statement that this is a mandatory provision of the procurement will be included in the solicitation along with the maximum number of employees who will participate in the site visit State employees making such site visits will incur and recover travel costs from the agency for which the procurement is being conducted in accordance with state travel regulations

31 31 No direct reimbursement of individuals by a vendor is permitted The procuring agency will determine all costs incurred by state employees in connection with the site visit and bill the appropriate vendor for reimbursement of costs by means of a check payable to the agency

32 32 Recognize Character APSPM 3.22.d State employees having official responsibility for procurement transactions may attend vendor sponsored seminars or trade shows where they will benefit from receiving product information and learning of new techniques and product or service trends Food, drinks and give away items offered to all participants at such functions may be accepted by state employees attending

33 33 Recognize Character APSPM 3.22.g Vendors and employees of the Commonwealth are prohibited from exchanging anything exceeding nominal value at expo events, which Includes distributions by vendors at exhibit booths where the vendors are educating buyers about their products

34 34 Best Value § b The VPPA pertains to governmental procurement from nongovernmental sources Includes governmental procurement that may or may not result in monetary consideration for either party Applies whether the consideration is monetary or nonmonetary and regardless of whether the public body, the contractor, or some third party is providing the consideration

35 Does not apply to procurements between governmental bodies Does not apply to short term rental of only real property (meeting rooms or lodging); however, it does apply if the procurement includes the provision of catered meals, audio visual equipment, and other included services 35

36 Best Value VPPA § c Obtain high quality goods and services at reasonable cost Conduct procurement in a fair and impartial manner Avoid any impropriety or appearance of impropriety All qualified vendors have access to public business and that no offeror be arbitrarily or capriciously excluded 36

37 VPPA § c Competition to the maximum feasible degree Procurement procedures involve openness and administrative efficiency Broad flexibility in fashioning details of such competition Rules governing contract awards be made clear in advance of the competition 37

38 Specifications reflect the procurement needs of the purchasing body and favor no particular vendor Purchaser and vendor freely exchange information concerning what is sought to be procured and what is offered Public bodies may consider best value concepts 38

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40 Summary Definitions SGMP Code of Ethics Law and Regulations Affecting Ethics Case Studies Are Your Actions Legal, Ethical and Wise??? Consult Legal Counsel if Unsure 40


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