Ask the Ethics Counselor

The Smithsonian’s Office of General Counsel will host its third “Ask the Ethics Counselor” session on Wednesday September 2,  at 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 4018 at the American Indian Museum. The session will focus on the Smithsonian’s Standards of Conduct regarding gifts to employees from outside sources. Some of the questions to be addressed:

 What is a gift? 

 When can an employee accept a gift? 

 What about gifts or decorations from foreign governments?

 Can a supervisor accept a gift from an employee she supervises?

 If you wish to submit questions for this session beforehand, please send them to Chris Nicholson at

 If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as a sign language interpreter) to attend this session, please contact Fernando Arce at  as soon as possible.

Posted: 17 August 2009
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