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Ethics Office

The NHLBI Ethics Office plans, directs, and implements a comprehensive ethics program in accordance with the requirements established by the Office of Government Ethics, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Institutes of Health.

In addition, the Ethics office:

  1. provides advice and counsel to managers, supervisors, and employees on the statutes, regulations, and policies governing conflict of interest, standards of conduct, representational activities, post-employment activities, and other ethics-related issues;

  2. manages and administers the public and confidential financial disclosure reporting system, reviews and certifies reports for substantive conflicts of interest or other violations of ethics rules, and implements remedies for identified conflicts;

  3. reviews, recommends, and/or approves outside activity requests by employees for conformance with statutes, regulations, and policies and reviews and approves the annual report of outside activities by employees;

  4. renders determinations under the Standards of Ethical Conduct with respect to awards, honorary degrees, prohibited gifts, conflicts of interest, impartiality, and other matters requiring a disposition by the agency ethics official;

  5. administers procurement integrity ethics provisions, including any and all procurement integrity advisory opinions;

  6. provides ethics clearance for sponsored travel reimbursement authorities;

  7. assesses information provided by employees or others to ascertain the application of conflict of interest statutes, regulations, and policies and resolves actual or potential conflicts or the appearance of a loss of impartiality;

  8. manages the ethics training program for new employees and current employees in accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations and/or NIH specific policies;

  9. provides ethics reports to the NIH, Congress, and others; and

  10. enforces ethics laws, standards of ethical conduct, and related provisions through criminal referrals and/or administrative sanctions.

For additional information, contact:

Ethics Office
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
ATTN: Web Site Inquiries
31 Center Drive, MSC-2486
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2482

Phone numbers are available in the Abbreviated Staff Directory.

Queries can be e-mailed to

Updated July 2012

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