Message from the Chief Financial Officer
Public confidence is critical to the effectiveness of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. This requires our continuing vigilance to improve management systems and promote a culture of integrity within the OCFO.
OCFO employees are expected to be honest, hardworking and eager to meet the high standards of public service. Employees are required to read thoroughly the Code of Conduct, and conduct themselves in accordance with its contents. Although many of the standards and concepts within the Code are straightforward, some are more complex and may require additional time for review. Employees are required to familiarize themselves with the document in its entirety to ensure proper compliance is maintained at all times.
The Code of Conduct emphasizes that:
- The OCFO has a zero-tolerance policy for fraud and misconduct
- Employees must report fraud, misconduct, suspicious activity and other violations
- The OCFO will support employees in meeting this reporting responsibility; will take action on matters that are reported; and will not tolerate retaliation against whistleblowers
- Failure to abide by the Code of Conduct will lead to disciplinary action.
The Code of Conduct is not intended to be all inclusive. The OCFO Shared Values describes in greater detail how we see ourselves as an ethical organization. It is intended to assist all of us in making ethical work-related decisions. The document is available on our CFO Intranet site by accessing the Ethics and Integrity link and is also available in print from the Human Resources Division.
I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the OCFO resources available to help you do the right thing. Read the Code of Conduct and the Shared Values and actively participate at our annual mandatory integrity and ethics awareness training. Also, seek advice. You may start with your supervisor or go directly to those with particular expertise in this area, i.e., the Ethics Officer and the Office of Integrity and Oversight.
Maintaining the integrity of the OCFO is every employee's responsibility. Managers have a special accountability and responsibility for creating an ethical climate, serving as examples of upholding the highest standards of integrity, and maintaining a robust internal control program that safeguards the integrity of their operations, including preventing and promptly detecting fraud.
The success of the OCFO depends upon us meeting both our legal and ethical responsibilities. I have no doubt that through your dedication and hard work, we will continue to build upon our achievements and maintain the confidence of the public we serve.