vital factors in finance and budgeting ethics and technology

Week 2: Vital Factors in Finance and Budgeting: Ethics and Technology

Administrators in government organizations strive to operate in an ethical manner, and the public they serve demands it, especially when it comes to honesty and integrity related to finance and budgeting in public organizations. The public expects the government to act ethically when spending its hard-earned tax dollars. However, with the media uncovering and focusing on improprieties in government organizations, it is easy to wonder if the government is meeting those expectations. Still, there are ethical guidelines and internal controls that help government financial officers keep strictly to the “straight and narrow.”

During this week, you explore the topic of ethics in government finance and budgeting. In addition, you learn about emerging technologies that have become essential to the financial functioning of most public organizations. Technology is evolving every day, and it is changing the way business is conducted in all sectors of the economy. Just as you may rely on technology for news, communication, education, and even banking, public organizations rely on technology to manage income and expenditures.

Required Readings

Eskridge, R. D., French, P. E., & McThomas, M. (2012). The international city/county management association code of ethics. Public Integrity, 14(2), 127–150.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Rossmann, D., & Shanahan, E. A. (2012). Defining and achieving normative democratic values in participatory budgeting processes. Public Administration Review, 72(1), 56–66.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

American Society for Public Administration. (2012). Proposed code of ethics. Retrieved from http://www.aspanet.org/ASPADocs/Ethics%20Committee%20proposal%20for%20Council%2012-08-10.pdf

Kavanagh, S., Ruggini, J., Na, M., Kinney, A., Kreklow, S., Greiner, J., & Stewart, A. (2006). Market research report: Budgeting technology solutions. Retrieved from http://www.gfoa.org/sites/default/files/BudgetTechnologyReport.pdf

New York State Office of the Attorney General. (2010). Attorney General Cuomo expands investigation into “pension padding.” Retrieved from http://www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/attorney-general-cuomo-expands-investigation-pension-padding

U.S. Office of Government Ethics. (2016). Standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch (pp. 1–90). Retrieved from https://www.oge.gov/Web/oge.nsf/Resources/Standards+of+Ethical+Conduct+for+Employees+of+the+Executive+Branch

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2008e). Vital factors in finance and budgeting: Ethics and technology [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Many government organizations and the professionals who work within them operate under ethics and accountability codes. Operating under a shared understanding of ethics is in the bestinterest of any organization. Certainly, when this occurs, stakeholders are more likely to gain and maintain trust in the organization. Conversely, when ethics are absent or violated, trust is eroded.

In this Discussion, you describe an actual ethical issue in a public organization related to finance and budgeting, such as pension padding, and consider how the issue is being addressed. Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider some general ethical guidelines for those working in finance and budgeting in public organizations. Then, select a government organization with an ethical issue or violation related to finance and budgeting.

With these thoughts in mind:

By Day 4

Post a brief description of the government organization (cannot be a non profit or a for profit, needs to be a government agency: ie: police department) you selected. Describe the ethical issue or violation you identified as it relates to finance or budgeting. Using the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Code of Ethics or the ethical guidelines within your organization and/or nation, explain why it is/was an ethical issue or violation. Then, explain how the organization is addressing or has addressed it. If a violation has not occurred, how would you recommend preventing one?

 
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