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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.

If you have questions or concerns in this area, please contact the Locally Designated Official at [email protected].

Whistleblower Policies
Employees have the right-and the responsibility-to identify and report concerns about improper governmental activities and environmental, health and safety risks without fear of reprisal. Employees are encouraged to discuss such concerns with a manger or with the Employee Concerns Manager, Vicki Laden, at 486-7880 or [email protected]. Complaints may also be filed anonymously. They may also report anonymously on a Confidential Whistleblower hotline, 1-800-403-4744, or by filing a report on a third party site, Both methods allow you to identify yourself or remain anonymous. Other available internal and external resources include:

LBNL Hotline (non-emergency concerns)

800-403-4744 or

EHS concerns and suggestions or 510-486-5514

LBNL Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office


DOE Inspector General Hotline
Local DOE OIG Office*

[email protected]

DOE Employee Concerns Program Hotline (Chicago)**


DOE Employee Concerns Program
Berkeley Site Office Contact


California Bureau of State Audits


California State Attorney General’s Office


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. Contact information:

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

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

[email protected]

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

Last updated 09/13/2018
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