Academic journal article The Journal of Government Financial Management

Ethics Q & A

Academic journal article The Journal of Government Financial Management

Ethics Q & A

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Q There is an employee in our office who submits and then withdraws her retirement papers. It appears to be an issue of workload.

She really is not into doing work and when the workload increases, she wants to retire and then she changes her mind. This has occurred a few times.

Is it ethical to put in your retirement papers and then withdraw them?

A This is really a question about process. Otherwise, it can be interpreted as, "Is it ethical to change your mind?"

She is changing her mind about retirement based on the workload. Someone (i.e., the supervisor or HR) needs to tell herthatonce she submits her paperwork, her decision to retire is final.

I assume there is a written policy about the retirement procedure. If so, this employee should be required to follow it.

Q We work in the accounting department of an agency and have an issue with a supervisor who is trying to get payment for an employee's unauthorized travel.

This supervisor said, "I know this is not the right way to do this, but this payment needs to be made."

What can/should we do?

A. The scenario you present is obviously unethical and probably illegal.

If the requested payment is for unauthorized travel, you should refuse to make that payment. You need to do this through your supervisor. Provide your supervisor with any documentation you have of the request, etc. …

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