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Most of the contractors that produce work for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) also are involved in commercial sector printing. Dealing with government and commercial employees may at times be confusing when you are trying to decide what standards of conduct may apply to each group. These standards are oftentimes different and what is acceptable for one group may not be acceptable for the other.

In an attempt to remove any doubts or misconceptions regarding the standards of conduct that GPO personnel must abide by, this informational sheet has been prepared for you. It is hoped that after reading this that you can avoid placing yourself or a GPO employee in an embarrassing or awkward situation prompted by a well intended gesture on your part.

All GPO personnel are covered by an instruction that clearly spells out what is considered to be proper standards of conduct. In pertinent part, those standards are as follows:

No GPO employee shall solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift or favor, entertainment, loan or any other thing of monetary value, from any person, corporation, or group which --

1. Has, or is seeking to obtain, contractual or other business or financial relationships with the GPO,
2. Conducts operations or activities which are regulated by the GPO, or
3. Has interests which may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of his/her official duty.

Whether or not specifically prohibited it is intended that GPO employees avoid any action which might result in, or create the appearance of

1. Using public office for private gain,
2. Giving preferential treatment to any organization or person,
3. Impeding Government efficiency or economy,
4. Losing complete independence or impartiality of action,
5. Making a Government decision outside of official channels, or
6. Affecting adversely the confidence of the public in the integrity of the GPO.

A GPO employee shall not use Federal property of any kind for other than officially approved activities. He/she must protect and conserve all Federal property, including equipment and supplies, entrusted or issued to him/her.

A GPO employee shall not directly or indirectly make use of, or permit others to make use of, for the purpose of furthering a private interest, official information not made available to the general public.

Any questions regarding this informational sheet should be addressed to the Manager, Printing Procurement Department.

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