The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently published a Code of Integrity, which sets the ethical standards and obligations of every employee in VA’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Centered upon VA’s I CARE values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence, the VHA Code of Integrity, which was published April 22, makes VA among the first handful of federal departments or agencies to implement such an action.

“The response by VHA staff in reaffirming our shared values and strengthening our culture is outstanding,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We’re proud to help set a standard for other federal departments and agencies to follow.”

A “go to” resource for finding high-level guidance and contact information, the Code covers a wide range of ethical conduct and concerns, from protecting confidential Veteran information to ensuring the accuracy of reported statistics to making the workplace environment safer. Further, the Code emphasizes VHA’s common culture of integrity and its responsibility to operate with the highest principles and ethical business standards in striving to care for patients, as well as treating fellow colleagues with dignity, respect, integrity, honesty, compassion, teamwork and excellence.

As government employees, all VHA employees adhere to a federal employee code of conduct. The VHA Code of Integrity takes this commitment further by underscoring the unique role VHA staff plays in Veterans’ care.

“Creating a culture that’s conducive to the highest ethical standards is critical not only to assuring high quality health care, but also to assuring public trust in VA,” Wilkie said.

Additionally, the Code aligns with the agency’s priority to ensure the efficient use of government resources and address underlying management issues previously identified by the Government Accountability Office.

To learn more about the Code of Integrity, visit the Office of Organizational Excellence website.

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Published on Apr. 26, 2019

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  1. Joy Marshall April 30, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Why when I ask at the VA CBOC to see an MST coordinator am I asked ” what is MST”? Military sexual assault or MST happens to 1 out of every 4 or 5 soldiers, so why do I have to explain to VA employees what MST is?

    Why isn’t PTSD from MST considered a presumptive illness when applying for C & P? Afterall, there are presumptives for many other groups based on probability or frequency of occurrence. Gulf war illness, agent orange exposure, burn pit exposure, Camp Lejeune, spina bifida etc. What criteria must be met to add an illness, condition or birth defect to a “presumptive” catagory?

    If females are going to be forced to register for the draft and forced to serve in a Military that has a record of sexual assault to 1 out of every 4 or 5 soldiers, I would insist my daughter refuse to register and risk going to jail. At least she would have a fighting chance to protect herself against rape and stalking. In the Military its almost a garantee that you will be victimized and it will be covered up by Unit Commanders. I experienced this first hand.
    Zero tolerance, MST task force, restricted vs unrestricted reporting, none of that works.

  2. Joy Marshall April 30, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Why when I ask at the VA CBOC to see an MST coordinator am I asked ” what is MST”? Military sexual assault or MST happens to 1 out of every 4 or 5 soldiers, so why do I have to explain to VA employees what MST is?

    Why isn’t PTSD from MST considered a presumptive illness when applying for C & P? Afterall, there are presumptives for many other groups based on probability or frequency of occurrence. Gulf war illness, agent orange exposure, burn pit exposure, Camp Lejeune, spina bifida etc. What criteria must be met to add an illness, condition or birth defect to a “presumptive” catagory?

    If females are going to be forced to register for the draft and forced to serve in a Military that has a record of sexual assault to 1 out of every 4 or 5 soldiers, I would insist my daughter refuse to register and risk going to jail. At least she would have a fighting chance to protect herself against rape and stalking. In the Military its almost a garantee that you will be victimized and it will be covered up by Unit Commanders. I experienced this first hand.
    Zero tolerance, MST task force, restricted vs unrestricted reporting, none of that works.

  3. Joy Marshall April 30, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Why when I ask at the VA CBOC to see an MST coordinator am I asked ” what is MST”? Military sexual assault or MST happens to 1 out of every 4 or 5 soldiers, so why do I have to explain to VA employees what MST is?

    Why isn’t PTSD from MST considered a presumptive illness when applying for C & P? Afterall, there are presumptives for many other groups based on probability or frequency of occurrence. Gulf war illness, agent orange exposure, burn pit exposure, Camp Lejeune, spina bifida etc. What criteria must be met to add an illness, condition or birth defect to a “presumptive” catagory?

    If females are going to be forced to register for the draft and forced to serve in a Military that has a record of sexual assault to 1 out of every 4 or 5 soldiers, I would insist my daughter refuse to register and risk going to jail. At least she would have a fighting chance to protect herself against rape and stalking. In the Military its almost a garantee that you will be victimized and it will be covered up by Unit Commanders. I experienced this first hand.
    Zero tolerance, MST task force, restricted vs unrestricted reporting, none of that works.

  4. Gerald R Noble April 27, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Why is there a picture of a draft dodger in the Aberdeen S. Dakota CBOC?

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