Step 9: Taking the Oath: Security, Confidentiality, and Ethics
Kyle Stone | GovCentral Contributing Writer
Getting sworn into office is a major accomplishment, and signifies that you have met all of your agency’s high standards to become an employee of the U.S. government. Taking the oath and beginning your work for the government represents a transition into a position with more responsibility, integrity, and pride than many other career paths can offer.
As a civil servant, you must swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, which actually defines the work of federal employees: “to establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.”
Here is some of the ethics you are expected to uphold as a government worker.
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The Oath Itself
If you are required to swear by an oath, this is what it is likely to be:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Some jobs require you gain security clearance shortly after getting hired. There are three basic levels of security clearence: Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret. Keep in mind that this is largely a process which affects your employer, and not you. You should never have to pay any hidden fee’s in the process of becoming cleared.
Although this process can be time-consuming, the government is making large strides towards making the process much more efficient. For more information about how to obtain a security clearance, check out these guides:
Confidentiality and the Internet
You should be aware that, as an internet user, you must be careful about what information you are willing to share with the general public, and how you share it.
Join the Homeland Security group here.