Since Ethics has been in the news lately, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about a program sponsored by the Ohio Ethics Commission (OEC), which is supported by the Department of Taxation to better educate the elected officials and the citizens about ethics. Attending ethics classes is not always feasible when you must travel or take time off from work. The OEC has made it possible to attend the classes through their website.
To access the Webinar enter http://ethics.ohio.gov/education/webinars.shtml and you will see a schedule of classes to choose from. The OEC will send you details of what you need to know to join the Webinar. You will be assigned a code to attend the class along with a confirmed reservation. The Webinar program is open to the public as well as elected officials and government staff members who need to take the course for a credit. If your employer should need a confirmation of your attendance, a confirmation will be sent to you after you have completed the class.
The OEC just started the Webinars this year conducting one class a month for the duration of one hour. The commission hopes to expand their program by not only teaching the basics of ethics but by breaking down some of the subjects such as nepotism, gift acceptance, and public contracts. If you can’t attend the live Webinar, the Ethics Commission has an on demand site so you can view the class at your convenience.
There are two Webinar classes left this year to sign up for reservations, November 5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and December 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. A reminder of your class will be sent to you a day before the class is to be conducted. I invite everyone to participate in the Webinars.
Until next week, learning to identify a breach in ethics is everyone’s responsibility. The educational tool that is being offered by the OEC can only enhance the checks and balances of good government.