As mentioned in previous weeks, Cooper’s ethical decision-making model and
Waldo’s Map of Ethical Obligations assist responsible public administrators in
assessing and addressing the ethical dilemmas that they will confront during
their careers. Public administrators must consider all underlying factors of a
dilemma and the potential solutions in order to ensure the most proper outcome.
Sometimes the chosen outcome may involve actions that serve to work against the
wishes of superiors in the organization.
For this Assignment, review the case study in the text, “Guerrilla
Government in EPA’s Seattle Regional Office.” Identify an ethical issue within
this case study. Consider the competing obligations and responsibilities that
these individuals faced and how they determined whether their actions were
right. Also, think about the impact of guerrilla government on the political
appointees, organization, and public policy.
The Assignment (3–4 pages
in APA format): Your paper should include the following:
- A description of the
ethical issue you identified in the “Guerrilla Government in EPA’s Seattle
Regional Office” case study
- A description of the
issues the political appointees faced in this case and an explanation of
federal ethics law violations
- An explanation of why
you think the career employees were motivated to use guerrilla tactics as
a solution despite the risks to their careers (e.g., competing
obligations) and whether their choice of guerrilla action was ethical
- An explanation of how these actions affected the organization and
- A description of the actions leaders within the EPA might have taken
to manage guerrilla government and an explanation of how those actions
might have changed the outcome of the situation
- An evaluation of
the potential lessons for public administrators and the importance
of these lessons
Note: If you are more familiar with life in a nation outside of the United
States, explain the potential lessons for public administrators in that nation.
Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in
its preparation. Provide a reference list with all resources included in the
Your Assignment must demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge and
critical thinking appropriate to graduate-level scholarship. It must follow APA
Publication Manual guidelines and be free of typographical, spelling,
and grammatical errors. The assignment should be 3–4 pages in length
(double-spaced), not including the title page, abstract, and references.
- O’Leary, R. (2014). The ethics of
dissent: Managing guerrilla government (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: CQ
- Chapter 3, “Guerrilla Government in EPA’s
Seattle Regional Office”
- “Second Interlude: More Stories of Guerrilla
- Chapter 6, “Managing Guerrilla Government:
Ethical Crusaders or Insubordinate Renegades?”
- U.S. Office of Government Ethics. (2000). A
brief wrap on government ethics. Retrieved from http://www.oge.gov/uploadedFiles/Education/Education_Resources_for_Ethics_Officials/Resources/bkbriefwrap_00.pdf
- U.S. Office of Government Ethics. (n.d.-a).
Retrieved November 19, 2013, from http://www.oge.gov/home.aspx
- U.S. Office of Government Ethics. (n.d.-b).
Statutes. Retrieved November 19, 2013, from http://www.oge.gov/Laws-and-Regulations/Statutes/Statutes/