A former Department of Corrections employee was found to have violated RCW by using state resources (agency time, computer and email) during work hours to work on her college coursework and to manage her vacation rental property.
The former Director of Operations with the Department of Transportation violated RCW the Ethics in Public Service Act in his efforts to influence the outcome of an internal investigation involving his son.
The Ethics in Public Service Act allows certain state employees to keep gifts with an aggregate value of fifty dollars from a single source in a calendar year or a single gift from multiple sources with a value of fifty dollars.
However, if you have been deemed a “Section 4” employee, this gift rule does NOT apply to you.
An employee of the Department of Natural Resources violated RCW by using state resources for her personal benefit when she used her state issued cell phone and computer to exchange an extensive amount of text messages and emails with a coworker.
A former employee of the Department of Natural Resources violated RCW by using state resources for his private benefit when he used his state issued cell phone and computer to exchange an extensive amount of text messages and emails with a coworker.
Additionally, this provision also prohibits an employee’s “knowing acquiescence” of another employee’s use of resources that violates this section.
An employee of Pierce College violated RCW when she used her state computer to browse the internet for 875 minutes over 28 days and used her email and instant messaging system for personal use.If no, then you would not be considered a Section 4 employee.Some agencies have designated their entire workforce as Section 4, so check with your agency.To determine if you are a Section 4 employee, you must ask yourself three questions: Did you participate in the regulatory or contractual matters with that person?If yes, then you are considered a Section 4 employee and would fall under the more stringent rules regarding gifts found in RCW (4).
During an election cycle state employees, as any other citizen, are likely concerned about how the election outcome will affect our country, our state and the ability to take care of ourselves and our families.