Ethics Resources on the Web


WEB SITES DEVOTED TO ETHICS

Federal
Non-federal
STATUTES, REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS
Statutes (General)
Regulations (General)
Regulations (Travel)
Executive Orders
State Statutes
LEGISLATIVE MATERIALS

JUDICIAL MATERIALS

ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCES

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REPORTS

FINANCIAL RESEARCH TOOLS

MISCELLANEOUS
 

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WEB SITES DEVOTED TO ETHICS

Federal

Army Office of General Counsel/Ethicshttp://ogc.hqda.pentagon.mil/ethics.aspx
Summary: Site contains guidance on ethics issues for Army military and civilian personnel, guidance on completing financial disclosure reports, selected formats, ethics materials and links to ethics and other useful sites.

Department of Agriculture:  http://www.usda.gov/ethics
Summary: Contains ethics law, training modules, forms, FAQs, and links. Training to be used as annual training, or just a refresher.

Department of Interior Ethics Office:  http://www.doi.gov/ethics
Summary: Contains current news and updates on ethics topics; downloadable automated ethics training; 48 page employee ethics guide.

Department of Justice, Ethics Training Program:  http://www.usdoj.gov/jmd/ethics
Summary: Downloadable interactive ethics training program, QUANDARIES.

Internet Legal Services:  http://www.legalethics.com
Summary: Provides general information on legal ethics and professional responsibility on the state and Federal Government levels. Assist user in understanding the unique ethical issues raised by the Internet, and Internet technology.

National Archives and Records Administration, General Counsel Staff-Ethics: http://www.archives.gov/legal/ethics
Summary: Includes list of resources in ethics library (multimedia, videotape, booklets, and pamphlets), NARA Ethics Notices.

Navy Office of General Counsel Ethics Page:  http://ethics.navy.mil
Summary: Contains links to OGE resources, regulations, other Web sites.

Office of Government Ethics:  http://www.oge.gov
Summary: This web site provides information on the Executive Branch ethics program, DAEOgrams, forms, publications, applicable advisory letters (opinions), and ethics resource materials.

Non-Federal
Center for Business Ethics (Bentley College):  http://cbe.bentley.edu
Summary: Devoted to business ethics issues, with information on seminars, books, and other resources.

Ethics Resource Center:  http://www.ethics.org
Summary: Contains information about business/organizational ethics consulting and character education, and includes an ethics information clearinghouse.

Josephson Institute of Ethics: http://josephsoninstitute.org
Summary: Contains information on the "Character Counts" initiative, training seminars, ethics-related books (with book reviews), and links to other ethics-related sites.

Project on Government Oversight:  http://www.pogo.org
Summary: Nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO’s investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.


STATUTES, REGULATIONS, EXECUTIVE ORDERS

Statutes (General)

American Bar Association LawLink (includes link to EthicSearch, a service of the Center for Professional Responsibility): http://www.americanbar.org/groups/departments_offices/legal_technology_resources/resources/lawlink.html
Summary: "The Legal Research JumpStation" contains full-text searches of the Code of Federal Regulations, and U.S. Federal and state laws. Also provides links for legal research in the following categories: Federal Government agencies, the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, and U. S. state and local government sites.

Congress (Thomas):  http://thomas.loc.gov
Summary: Includes public laws in bill number sequence and major legislation.

FedLaw:  http://www.thecre.com/fedlaw/default.htm
Summary: Access to the U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, General Accounting Office decisions, and Federal courts. A legal search engine with multiple Federal and other sites.

Federal Web Locator:  http://www.bitlaw.com/links/government.html
Summary: Access to U. S. Code, and links to various legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

Findlaw:  http://www.findlaw.com
Summary: Extensive web site that includes U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and the U.S. Constitution with annotations from Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. It also includes a search engine (see Lawcrawler, below) for searching other legal sites throughout the Internet.

Government Printing Office (GPO) Access:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/
Summary: Contains U.S. Code, and ability to conduct Federal Register research. Site also has bills, budgets, and Code of Federal Regulations.

Lawcrawler:  http://www.lawcrawler.com
Summary: Findlaw's search engine for sites including U. S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and Supreme Court and Federal court decisions.

U. S. Code:  http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml
Summary: The database includes all official U. S. Code notes and appendices, as well as the Table of Popular Names. The U. S. Code database constitutes the 1994 Edition of the U. S. Code, plus Supplement I and the contents of the most recent edition of the Law Revision Counsel's U. S. Code Classification Table.

Texas Law Librarians Homepage:  http://www.sll.state.tx.us/
Summary: Site has a section on Federal sources of information that includes links to the U. S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Constitution, Government Printing Office access databases, Presidential Directives and Executive Orders, and the Federal Register. Web site is also designed to act as an interface for accessing legal reference, and administrative resources on the Internet.

USA.Gov: http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Reference-Shelf.shtml
Summary:  General U.S. Government Reference Center.  Find common abbreviations, calendars, contact information, forms, gadgets, photos, maps, news and more.

Regulations (General)

Code of Federal Regulations / Federal Register: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR
Summary:  Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Offers a searchable list of Code of Federal Regulations and numerous other Federal Government databases.

Code of Federal Regulations / Annual Editions (GPO):  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR
Summary:   Codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation and offers a searchable text of the Code of Federal Regulations by issue date, and keywords.

National Archives and Records Administration: http://www.archives.gov/
Summary: The Nation's record keeper of documents deemed to be among the most important 1% - 3 % of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government. Includes an electronic Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States (http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/).

Office of Government Ethics Laws and Regulations Index: http://www.oge.gov/Laws-and-Regulations/
Summary:  Access executive orders, statutes, and regulations relating to the Federal executive branch ethics program. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics also makes available key judicial opinions and opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice that interpret the statutes and regulations.

FedLaw: http://www.thecre.com/fedlaw/default.htm (site now sponsored by The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness)
Summary: A legal search engine to sites including the Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Code, General Accounting Office decisions, Federal courts, and other useful Federal and other sites.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR):  https://www.acquisition.gov/far/
Summary: This site provides access to the current FAR.

Findlaw Internet Legal Resources:  http://www.findlaw.com
Summary: Extensive web site which includes Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Constitution with annotations from Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress as well as a search engine for searching legal sites throughout the Internet.

Legal Information Institute:  http://www.law.cornell.edu
Summary: Hypertext version of the Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Code, U.S. Constitution, and numerous links to Federal, state, foreign, and international legal materials.

Regulations (Travel)
Defense Travel Management Office:  http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/travelreg.cfm
Summary: This site provides regularly updated information on rates for per diem, travel, transportation allowances, and entitlements worldwide. Current editions of Joint Travel Regulation (JTR) and Joint Federal Travel Regulation (JFTR) for DOD personnel. (No word-search capability.)

Federal Travel Policies (GSA):  http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104625 and the Federal Travel Regulation:  http://www.gsa.gov/portal/ext/public/site/FTR/file/FTRTOC.html/category/21865/hostUri/portal
Summary: The first site provides comprehensive travel information on Federal travel, including per diem rates, contract airline information, state tax exemption listings, POV rates, and FAQs. The second site includes Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) provisions governing travel and transportation allowances for Federal civilian employees (chapter 301); relocation allowances for Federal civilian employees, and certain new appointees (chapter 302); payment of expenses connected with the death of Government civilians under certain circumstances (chapter 303); and payment from a non-Federal sources for travel expenses (chapter 304). Also included is chapter 300, a general introduction to the FTR and agency reporting requirements.

Executive Orders
Office of Government Ethics Executive Orders Index: http://oge.gov/Laws-and-Regulations/Executive-Orders/
Summary: References to and/or the text of Executive Orders related to the Federal executive branch ethics program.

Executive Orders (White House):  http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/executive-orders
Summary: Search page by keyword and date for Executive Orders dating back to 1993.

State Statutes

Justia:  http://www.justia.com/
Summary:   Provides access to state and federal statutes and hosts over 2,000 legal blogs. Justia also lets consumers ask questions online and get answers from attorneys.

Law for All (NOLO.com):  http://www.nolo.com/legal-research/state-law.html
Summary: Links to state statutes, municipal codes, state and local government, state court directories, state legislative information, state courts, and Federal court sites.

Legal Information Institute:  http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/state_statutes
Summary: On this website, run by Cornell University Law School, you can find federal and state statutes, regulations, and U.S. Supreme Court cases. You will also find links to foreign and international legal materials.

LEGISLATIVE MATERIALS

Congress (Thomas Legislative Information):  http://thomas.loc.gov
Summary: Legislative bills, public laws, votes of the current Congress, and legislative history.

Findlaw Internet Legal Resources:  http://www.findlaw.com
Summary: Extensive web site that includes U.S. Federal resources for the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Also has the U.S. Constitution with annotations from Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress as well as search engine for searching legal sites throughout the Internet.

Government Printing Office:  http://www.gpo.gov/
Summary: Access to Congressional bills, history of bills, Congressional reports, Congressional Record Index, and Congressional documents.

Office of Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs:  http://la.defense.gov/links.html
Summary: Consolidated locations for links to key Government offices, includes specific lists for Congressional links (http://la.defense.gov/links-congressional.html) and for Defense links (http://la.defense.gov/links-defense.html).

JUDICIAL MATERIALS

Federal Courts

United States Courts: http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts.aspx
Summary:  Provides information on the Federal Judiciary, along with an interactive map to locate Federal Court locations throughout the United States. Provides rules and policies for Federal courts nation-wide. There is also information and a link to the new Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system http://www.pacer.gov/ (requires registration).

Duke University Law School:  http://www.law.duke.edu/lib/researchguides/ussup
Summary:  Describes sources and coverage of opinions, orders, briefs, oral arguments, rules, docket information, and secondary sources. The Supreme Court website is discussed first, with alternatives, paper resources, and highlights from other sites in the sections that follow.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia:  http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov
Summary: Decisions, pleadings, and certain forms.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit:  http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/
Summary: Decisions of the Court, Case Opinions and Orders and well as Oral Argument Recordings can be searched by case name, appeal number or date. Site also contains a link to the PACER system.
 

ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCES
Comptroller General Decisions:  http://www.gao.gov/decisions/decision.htm
Summary: Selected Comptroller General decisions and opinions, GAO reports and testimony, reports on Federal agency rules, GAO policy/guidance publications, and special publications.

Defense Industry Initiative:  http://www.dii.org
Summary: Defense Industry Initiative is a consortium of U. S. defense industry contractors that subscribes to a set of principles for achieving high standards of business ethics and conduct. Site contains case studies for use in ethics training programs.

Department of Defense Directives System:  http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/
Summary: The Official web site for DoD Issuances. Provides access to DoD Directives, instructions, publications, administrative instructions, and directive-type memoranda. (User may query by keyword or search by directive number.)

Department of Justice (DOJ):  http://www.usdoj.gov/05publications/05_2.html
Summary: Department of Justice legal documents, Attorney General memoranda, opinions, and annual and other reports.

GSA's Office of Government-Wide Policy (GOP): http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104550
Summary: The GOP's purpose is to consolidate all of GSA's policy-making activities within one central office.  The web site functions in a similar fashion, providing many links on its main page to Government programs, and organizations.

Merit Systems Protection Board:  http://www.mspb.gov
Summary: Includes Board decisions (1994-present); procedures, forms and reports. (No word-search capability.)

Office of Special Counsel:  http://www.osc.gov
Summary: Contains detailed information on OSC policies and procedures in connection with prohibited personnel practices, the Hatch Act, whistleblower disclosures, veterans' employment and reemployment rights, and other matters; selected Hatch Act advisory opinions; forms, publications, and employee education training material; press releases; annual reports; and selected pleadings filed with the Merit Systems Protection Board. (No word-search capability.)

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REPORTS
FedWorld Information Network:  http://www.fedworld.gov
Summary: Contains U. S. Government reports and Supreme Court decisions (full text). Assists user in electronically locating Federal Government information, including information housed within the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) repository and information made accessible through an electronic gateway of more than 100 Government bulletin boards.

General Accounting Office:  http://www.gao.gov
Summary: Access to GAO reports, policies, and guidelines.

Government Printing Office:  http://www.access.gpo.gov
Summary: Access to GAO reports, Congressional reports, and numerous other Federal Government databases.

FINANCIAL RESEARCH TOOLS

Value Line Financial Information:  http://www.valueline.com/
Summary:  Continuously updated compendium of current and historical market and financial data spanning thousands of U.S. companies, mutual funds and other securities, industry sectors, indices and economic variables.  The Value Line Research Center includes online access to leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.

FedBizOpps (FBO), formerly the Commerce Business Daily (CBD):  http://www.cbd-net.com/
Summary: This real-time search function permits the search of the CBD database for federal procurement bidding opportunities, contracts awarded, special notices and surplus government sales.  The database is updated continuously as notices are entered into the CBDNet system. Notices remain in this "active" database for 15 business days. After the 15 days, notices are moved to the "archive" database, and remain there indefinitely. The archive database begins with December 2, 1996.

Edgar Online:  http://www.edgar-online.com/
Summary: Provides up-to-date Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings for all U.S. companies. User may search by company name or ticker symbol, then get the date of the last SEC filing, a quote, glimpse, snapshot, or annual report for the company's performance.

The Motley Fool:  http://www.fool.com/
Summary:  Offers news, analysis, and commentary through wide-ranging distribution partnerships with Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, and many others.  

Yahoo:  http://www.finance.yahoo.com
Summary: Links to various finance-ralated sites.

MISCELLANEOUS

Law Library Resource Xchange:  http://www.llrx.com/columns/ethics.htm

Legal Dictionary: http://dictionary.law.com/
Summary: Search legal terms and definitions with this easy, user-friendly guide.

National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC):  http://www.nobc.org/
Summary:  The NOBC is a non-profit organization of legal professional whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States, Canada and Australia. The website is intended as a resource tool for NOBC members, the legal community, and the general public.

Stetson Law Review - Current Issue: http://www.law.stetson.edu/lawreview/index.php
Summary:  The Stetson Law Review is published three times a year at Stetson University's College of Law. Their Fall 1998 featured article, "Ethics On The Web: An Annotated Bibliography Of Legal Ethics Material On The Internet" is found at http://www.law.stetson.edu/lawreview/media/ethics-on-the-web-an-annotated-bibliography-of-legal-ethics-material-on-the-internet.pdf

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