City Of Philadelphia Celebrates First Annual Integrity Week

Philadelphia, November 18, 2014 – The City of Philadelphia is celebrating its first annual Integrity Week, an initiative of the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer, from November 17 – 21, 2014.  Integrity Week is an opportunity to share with City employees and citizens the important role they play in building an ethical culture across City government.  Events during Integrity Week will highlight the work of various City agencies that are responsible for promoting ethics and integrity in government and City contracting, and enforcing the City’s integrity laws.

“One of my top priorities for this Administration has been to ensure that our City government works efficiently and effectively with integrity and responsiveness,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “Building an ethical culture in government isn’t just one department or agency’s responsibility, a fair and just government requires everyone’s participation – from City managers and employees, to business leaders and residents.  This is why it is so important to recognize and participate in Integrity Week: an opportunity to highlight and celebrate Philadelphia’s strong ethical culture.”

Hope Caldwell, Chief Integrity Officer, said, “We created Integrity Week to remind City employees about our integrity laws because knowing the rules and reporting violations are two vital aspects of a changed ethical culture. Our hope is that employees and citizens will continue the conversations initiated this week to help everyone understand the importance of doing the right thing.”

During Integrity Week, daily emails spotlighting different ethics laws and City agencies will be sent to all City employees.  The City of Philadelphia is one of a few municipalities in the Nation to highlight integrity and ethics during a weeklong series of events for government employees and the public; however, similar celebrations are a best practice in the private sector ethics and compliance field.

Integrity Week Events

Integrity Week comprises events for City employees only and events open to the general public.

City Employee-Only Events

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, the City will welcome staff from the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission (PSEC) for a Lunch & Learn event.  Brian Jacisin, Deputy Executive Director/Director of Investigations for the PSEC will facilitate a workshop and discuss how the State Ethics Act applies to City employees.  Also attending the workshop is Robert Caruso, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

On Friday, November 21, 2014, City employees will participate in an “Interactive Coffee House” in which they will have the opportunity to meet with City agencies responsible for promoting and enforcing the City’s integrity laws and have their integrity questions answered by experts.

Public Events

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, citizens are encouraged to join the City for its regular monthly meeting of the City Board of Ethics at 1:00 PM in the One Parkway Building, 18th Floor, 1515 Arch Street.  A link to the full meeting agenda can be found here.

Also on Wednesday, Chief Integrity Officer Caldwell will host a Twitter Chat at 3:00 PM using #PHLintegrity.  The Twitter chat will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and get more information about integrity and ethics in government.

On Thursday, November 20, 2015, citizens are invited to join City employees for a panel discussion, ‘Moving from the “Corrupt and Contented” Label to a Model for Ethics Reform’.  The panel will explore the City’s progress in achieving many ethics reforms, including campaign finance and lobbying, and in what direction the City must go next in order to become a model for ethical and transparent government operations.  Panelists will discuss if the City, once described by Lincoln Steffens in 1903 as “corrupt and contented,” can become a standard-bearer for ethics reform in the state and Nation.  Panelists are Ellen Kaplan, Interim President and CEO of Committee of Seventy; Stella Tsai, attorney and former Ethics Board member; Bob Warner, retired Philadelphia Inquirer journalist; and, Christopher Wink, founder of Technical.ly Philly.  The panel will be moderated by Chief Integrity Officer Caldwell.

For more information on the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer and Integrity Week, visit: http://www.phila.gov/integrityworks/Pages/default.aspx

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