[IPAC-List] Organizational Ethics Scale or Questionnaire Items?

Lance Seberhagen lance at seberhagen.com
Fri Nov 15 19:12:16 EST 2019

What is the objective of MSPB’s proposed ethics survey?

If you want to compare the Executive Branch to other organizations, you 
might want to use a standardized instrument like the Ethical Climate 
Questionnaire that has been administered to a variety of organizations.

If you want to assess compliance or agreement with the Executive Branch 
Ethics Code, you should use a survey that is specifically designed to 
measure that ethics code.The Executive Branch Ethics Code is generally 
defined by Public Law 96-303 (1980), EO 12674 (1989), EO 12731 (1990), 
and 5 CFR Part 2635.  Some federal agencies also have their own, 
agency-specific ethics codes.

Another approach would be to administer a standardized integrity test 
(e.g., Personnel Selection Inventory, Reid Report, or Stanton Survey) to 
Executive Branch employees.

If all else fails, do what the Intel agencies do -- administer polygraph 
tests to all federal employees and contractors every five years.


Lance Seberhagen, Ph.D.

Seberhagen & Associates

9021 Trailridge Court

Vienna, VA 22182


www.seberhagen.com <http://www.seberhagen.com>

On 11/15/2019 3:41 PM, johnf at us.net wrote:
> Is anyone aware of a good scale or set of questionnaire items that 
> assesses the ethical climate of an organization?
> We are looking at the Ethical Climate Questionnaire by John Cullen and 
> Bart Victor, but are interested in learning about other alternatives.
> Thanks!
> John
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> John M. Ford
> Senior Research Psychologist
> Office of Policy and Evaluation
> U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
> (240) 888-8537 / john.ford at mspb.gov
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