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Section 3: Conflicts of Interest and Ethics

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Overview

Avoid the appearance of unprofessional behavior. Treat other employees, contractor employees and representatives, other project related personnel and the general public with respect and fairness. Maintain a courteous demeanor and employ restraint at all times when representing the Department.

Do not participate in any activity that could be considered a possible conflict of interest. Refer to “Conflict of Interest” of the Human Resources Policy Manual for more information. In addition to the Human Resources Manual, be familiar with the requirements of the Texas Penal Code which covers gifts to public servants (Section 36.08 of the Texas Penal Code titled “Gift to Public Servant by Person Subject to His Jurisdiction” and Section 36.09 titled “Offering Gift to Public Servant”).

Refer to "Engineer Recommendations" in Appendix A

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Gifts, Benefits, and Favors

Refer to Ethics section in the HRD manual.

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Non-TxDOT Internet Access

From the Information Security Manual, Chapter 11, Section 4, “Internet Access”:

“TxDOT employees who are provided access to non-TxDOT owned and/or provided equipment, computers, and/or services (information resources) for Internet use must at all times adhere to the same policies and procedures governing TxDOT owned and/or provided equipment, computers, and services for Internet access, as described in this manual. This policy applies to all TxDOT regular/full-time, part-time and temporary employees, contractors and consultants, students, interns and volunteers.

For example: A situation may occur in the field in which a TxDOT employee is given access to a contractor’s laptop and Internet service to use in the performance of their job duties. This access is to be used only for TxDOT, work-related functions.

Violation of these requirements and policies may lead to loss of Internet access privileges, disciplinary action, including termination of employment, and legal action including, civil, and criminal prosecution.”

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