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Perdue bans gifts to executive branch employees

Posted October 1, 2009

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Thursday signed an executive order banning gifts to all employees in cabinet-level departments.

The move comes amid a State Bureau of Investigation probe into whether Division of Motor Vehicles workers broke the law by accepting gifts and meals from Verizon, which has a multimillion-dollar computing contract with the DMV.

“This executive order makes it clear: Those of us who serve the people of North Carolina must be held to the highest ethical standards and act accordingly,” Perdue said in a statement. “Citizens expect and deserve nothing less.”

The state's gift ban for employees previously included only workers directly involved with contracts or the inspection or supervision of construction.

DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson said Tuesday that Verizon claims 62 state workers or their family members received Carolina Hurricanes hockey tickets, restaurant meals, spa services and other benefits from company employees between August 2006 and January 2009.

Jane Pinsky, director of the N.C. Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, said her group backs the wider gift ban.

"Recent revelations of contractors providing gifts to state employees is undermining public confidence on state government’s contracting process," Pinsky said in a statement. "Gov. Perdue’s executive order to expand the gift ban to cover all executive branch state employees is a positive step forward, but a gift ban standard should apply to all state employees, and we urge the legislature to pass such a law next legislative session."

Under Perdue's order, all executive branch agencies are required in the next 30 days to go over the state's gift ban and Perdue's executive order with employees and have them sign a statement noting that they are aware of the policy. Agencies also must establish a policy to include information about the gift ban in orientation for new employees.

The state Department of Administration must notify state contractors of the expanded gift ban and include information about it in all future contracts.


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  • aintbackingdwn Oct 2, 2009

    I'm sorry Bev - public confidence in the states contract process and state leadership have been so betrayed and ruined by you in your short time in office, no executive order can repair it.

  • blondefudge Oct 2, 2009

    Bravo "HadEnough"

    I work with a state agency and have for several years and "No accepting of gifts of any kind" has ever been allowed.
    Hey, maybe someone will feel bad for state employees and will have those responsible for the State Health Plan investigated BIG TIME. First thing to do is get rid of Jack Walker. Hard to believe that the state fired him and then turned around and rehire him. Wonders in state government has never ceased to amaze me.

  • time4real Oct 2, 2009

    boy, she really went out on a limb and did something for us here didn't she. LAMEST Gov. in 100 years!

  • ContinuityMan Oct 2, 2009

    Hey! Nobody's offered this state employee any gifts. I must be hanging with the wrong vendors. Fooey!

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  • HadEnough Oct 2, 2009

    I pray for the day the FBI walks into the offices of the State Health plan and escort those people out in handcuffs. These lunch and computer stuff is small potatoes.

  • GingerTea Oct 2, 2009

    Regular rank and file employees don't get bribes - i mean gifts - because they don't award contracts, etc. I guess that's why it doesn't read ALL STATE EMPLOYEES? Just a hunch...

  • ORMA Oct 2, 2009

    Wait a minute! There is corruption in the DMV? It is funny how this stuff is known to be happening but nothing gets done about it until it is brought out in the open and might cause a political upheaval.

  • computer trainer Oct 2, 2009

    Well, from what I understood of the first reports from DMV, these gifts were not limited to the "executive" branch. But, RARELY do the peons get offered gifts. Why would they. They have no pull.

  • pbjbeach Oct 1, 2009

    They should also look into the materials & test unit an its mangament as to the possibility of their accepting of gifts from contractors an vendors. corruption corruption thank you