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Ethical Values and Conduct

Berkeley Lab employees are expected to uphold the University of California’s Ethical Values — Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect — and perform their duties in accordance with the Standards of Ethical Conduct.

For details click here: Standards of Ethical Conduct

Summary of Standards of Ethical Conduct:

  1. Fair Dealing
  2. Individual Responsibility and Accountability
  3. Respect for Others
  4. Compliance with Applicable Laws and Regulations
  5. Compliance with Applicable University Policies, Procedures and Other Forms of Guidance
  6. Compliance with Policy and Procedures Regarding Conflict of Interest/Outside Professional Activities
  7. Conducting Research with Integrity and Intellectual Honesty
  8. Compliance with Policy and Procedure Regarding Confidentiality/Privacy and Access to Records
  9. Individual Responsibility for Adequate Internal Controls to Help Ensure UC/LBNL Business Follows UC/LBNL Standards, Policies, Procedures, Applicable Laws and Regulations, and Sound Business Practices.
  10. Using University/LBNL Resources Only for Activities on Behalf of the University/LBNL.
Policy violations are subject to corrective and/or disciplinary action and may be referred to external authorities.  Employees may report concerns about unethical conduct such as fraud, waste, abuse, gross misconduct or research misconduct to the Lab's Employee Concerns Program Manager, Vicki Laden, 486-7880.

If you have questions or concerns in this area, please contact the Locally Designated Official at riio@lbl.gov.

Whistleblower Policies
Employees have the right — and the responsibility — to identify and report concerns about improper governmental activities and environment, health and safety concerns without fear of reprisal. Employees are encouraged to discuss concerns with their supervisor, or any level of management. You may also report concerns using the employee hotline number (800-403-4744) or at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/hotline. Both methods allow you to identify yourself or remain anonymous.

Managers, administrators and employees in supervisory roles who receive a report alleging suspected improper governmental activities shall ensure that the matter is promptly reported to their supervisor, an appropriate Berkeley Lab manager and/or the Berkeley Lab Locally Designated Official, Meredith Montgomery, at 510-486-4453. Consulting with supervisors, the LDO or other appropriate Berkeley Lab management is encouraged, and the exercise of judgment in what matters to report should err on the side of upward reporting. Upward reporting is required in the following circumstances:

a. The matter is the result of a significant internal control or policy deficiency that is likely to exist at other units within the institution or across the Laboratory/University system;

b. The matter is likely to receive media or other public attention;

c. The matter involves the misuse of Laboratory resources or creates exposure to a liability in potentially significant amounts;

d. The matter involves allegations or events that have a significant possibility of being the result of a criminal act; 

e. The matter involves a significant threat to the health and safety of employees and/or the public; or

f. The matter is judged to be significant or sensitive for other reasons.

Other available internal and external resources include:


LBNL Hotline (non-emergency concerns)

800-403-4744 or www.universityofcalifornia.edu/hotline

EHS concerns and suggestions

www.lbl.gov/ehs/refs/safety_concern.shtml or 510-486-5514

LBNL Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office

510-486-7635

DOE Inspector General Hotline
DOE OIG Email
Local DOE OIG Office*

800-541-1625
ighotline@hq.doe.gov
925-423-5060

DOE Employee Concerns Program Hotline (Chicago)**

800-701-9966

DOE Employee Concerns Program
Berkeley Site Office Contact

510-486-4700

California Bureau of State Audits

800-952-5665

California State Attorney General’s Office

800-952-5225

See the employee concerns website for more information.

OIG Fraud, Waste & Abuse Reporting
Under DOE Order 221.1A, “Reporting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse to the Office of Inspector General,” LBNL employees have a duty to report allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, misuse, corruption, criminal acts or mismanagement to the appropriate authorities. Appropriate authorities include the supervisor, any level of management, and the internal and external resources listed here. Employees may also report directly to the DOE Office of Inspector General (OIG), which has authority to investigate violations such as false statements, false claims, bribery, kickbacks, fraud, ESH violations, theft, computer crimes, contractor mischarging, conflicts of interest, and conspiracy to commit any of these acts. Whistleblowers are protected from retaliation under UC/LBNL policy as well as state and federal regulations.

The National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2013 also allows employees of contractors, subcontractors, and grantees to file whistleblower retaliation complaints with the OIG for certain disclosures relating to contracts and grants awarded on or after July 1, 2013.  More information is available here.

Contact information:

Hotline Numbers
Toll free: (800) 541-1625
FAX: (202) 586-4902

Correspondence
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Inspector General
ATTN: IG Hotline
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Mail Stop 5D-031
Washington, DC 20585

E-Mail
ighotline@hq.doe.gov

Local Contact
Christopher D. Burris
Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Energy
P.O. Box 2270
Livermore, CA 94551
925-423-5060

Last updated 02/02/2017
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