Sitting on the corner of my desk is the spiral bound collection of retired Secretary Ben G. Watts’ seven plus years of monthly TNews Corner Stone articles. Secretary Watts served as the Department’s secretary from January 1990 to July 1997 … Continue reading Catching Up With the OIG
Recently I was asked if the role of the Inspector General is a political position. After a great discussion with the person asking this question, I realized one of my roles as a new Inspector General needs to be to … Continue reading What is the role of the Inspector General?
Fraud is any intentional act or omission designed to deceive others, resulting in the victim suffering a loss and/or the perpetrator achieving a gain. Kroll, a company who provides services worldwide from investigations, compliance, and cyber security for organizations recently … Continue reading An all-time high incidence of fraud and misconduct nationally
C.S. Lewis said integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. Acting with integrity means understanding, accepting, and choosing to live in accordance with your principles. These principles commonly include honesty, fairness, and decency. This often … Continue reading Integrity, Conformity Bias, and Thinking Fast and Slow
The National Business Ethics Survey (NBES), periodically published by the Ethics Resource Center, is the pre-eminent source of information about workplace conduct through the eyes of employees themselves. In the most recent survey, 41 percent of workers surveyed said they observed misconduct on the job. Of those who said they observed misconduct only 63 percent said they reported what they saw. Based on this survey, what could that mean for us in DOT? If you take 6,500 as an average number of employees, 2,665 could have observed misconduct. Of those, 1,678 people would have made some form of report – … Continue reading As many as 987 of you may have observed misconduct during the past 12 months and not made a report
Robert Frost famously wrote, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Sebastian Junger, the author of Tribe, said the word “tribe” is harder to define than home. He suggests we … Continue reading Tribal Values
In contrast to all the good ethics Galen Erso demonstrates in considering the impact his actions will have on humanity, the Galactic Empire ignores the consequences of their actions. Continue reading Star Wars Helps Deliver the Message!
To help the vast majority of FDOT’s honest employees and business partners, managers should set the proper “Tone at The Top” by reinforcing awareness of the risks facing anyone who commits willful violations. Managers can also address the likelihood of … Continue reading Let Them Know Someone is Watching