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For the past two years, a 31-person working group initiated by ASPA Past President, Erik Bergrud has been reviewing the ASPA Code of Ethics. The group, co-chaired by Jim Nordin and Jim Svara, reviewed the ASPA Code of Ethics which had not been revised for almost twenty years. Building on the 1994 code, the working group recommended a number of changed in content and presentation. The following code was approved by the ASPA National Council on April 16, 2013. Italics highlight changes in the Code.
ASPA Code of Ethics
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) advances the science, art, and practice of public administration. The Society affirms its responsibility to develop the spirit of responsible professionalism within its membership and to increase awareness and commitment to ethical principles and standards among all those who work in public service in all sectors. To this end, we, the members of the Society, commit ourselves to uphold the following principles:
A separate document contains practices that serve as a guide to behavior for members of ASPA in carrying out its principles. To view the code’s practices, click here.
An interim committee on implementation appointed by ASPA Past President Tom Liou, President Stephen Condrey, and Vice President Allan Rosenbaum will initiate activities to promote and implement the Code and will develop the recommendations for a standing committee in more depth for submission to the National Council. Comments and suggestions to committee chair Jim Svara at [email protected] about future steps are invited.