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Ethics Question? USDA Has an App for That

The Agriculture Department has produced an Ethics App that it calls the first of its kind in the federal government, designed to provide on the spot answers to ethics questions by federal employees.

“The Ethics App brings to users’ fingertips short, easy-to-read summaries of federal ethics rules and Hatch Act limitations on political activity. It includes a comprehensive video library so that officials can quickly become familiar with these important rules at any time, whether in the office, off-site, or on official travel,” an announcement said.

While designed for USDA employees, the policies apply government-wide. The app is available to all on Android or Apple devices.

It also contains a section specific to USDA employees, to contact an ethics advisor at that department.