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Featured Member of the Month


Donna Harris

is currently the Public Information Representative (PIR) for the US Postal Inspection Service in New York. Donna has been in her current position for over 3 years, and has worked at the United States Postal Service and its law enforcement agencies for almost 29 years. Donna began her career as a city letter carrier in NJ and moved through the agency to become the Manager of two Operations Support Groups, one in Bala Cynwyd and the other in Chicago. In 2006 Donna moved to Virginia, where she served in the position of Manager, Business Services, and in 2011 she moved back to “city that never sleeps” to her current position, PIR. Donna also hosts a podcast that can be found on iTunes, the New York Crime Chronicles that focuses on consumer fraud prevention.

 

Did You Know…The United States Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service. Their agency has been around since the early 1700s, whose mission is to ensure the integrity of the mail and the Postal Service by providing investigative, security, and preventive services, and by enforcing federal statutes that protect the mail, postal employees, customers, and assets.


Code of Ethics

Members of the National Association of Government Communicators pledge and profess dedication to the goals of better communication, understanding and cooperation among all people.

We believe that truth is inviolable and sacred; that providing public information is an essential civil service; and that the public-at-large and each citizen therein has a right to equal, full, understandable, and timely facts about their government. Members will:

  • Conduct themselves professionally, with truth, accuracy, fairness, responsibility, accountability to the public, and adherence to generally accepted standards of good taste.
  • Conduct their professional lives in accord with the public interest, in recognition in each of us is a steward of the public's trust.
  • Convey the truth to their own agencies' management, engaging in no practice that could corrupt the integrity of channels of communication or the processes of government.
  • Intentionally communicate no false or misleading information and will act promptly to correct false or misleading information or rumors.
  • Identify publicly the names and titles of individuals involved in making policy decisions, the details of the decision-making processes and how interested citizens can participate.
  • Represent no conflicting or competing interests and will fully comply with all statutes, executive orders and regulations pertaining to personal disclosure of such interests.
  • Avoid the possibility of any improper use of information by an "insider" or third party and never use inside information for personal gain.
  • Guarantee or promise the achievement of no specified result beyond the member's direct control.
  • Accept no fees, commissions, gifts, promises of future consideration, or any other material or intangible valuable that is, or could be perceived to be, connected with public service employment or activities.
  • Safeguard the confidence of both present and former employees, and of information acquired in meetings and documents, as required by law, regulation, and prudent good sense.
  • Not wrongly injure the professional reputation or practice of another person, private organization or government agency.
  • Participate in no activity designed to manipulate the price of a company's securities.

When a member has evidence or suspicion that another has committed an unethical, illegal or unfair practice, including violation of this statement, the member shall present the information promptly to a proper NAGC authority, who may include the president or board member. Members found to be in violation of the organization's Code of Ethics may be asked to leave the NAGC.