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Standards of Conduct Office


The Department of Defense (DoD) General Counsel welcomes you to this web site. We invite you to use this resource to understand the ethical standards that apply to every DoD employee, both civilian and military.

The General Counsel is also the DoD Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) who oversees the ethics and standards of conduct programs throughout DoD, including providing guidance to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and DoD Agencies. These responsibilities are carried out through the DoD Standards of Conduct Office (SOCO), a part of the Defense Legal Services Agency.

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SOCO Advisory Number 15-01 is now available in the Ethics Resource Library. (July 9, 2015)

The most recent edition of the Confidential Financial Disclosure Form (OGE Form 450) is located on the Forms Index. (June 2015)

The Top 10 DoD Contractor List is now available in the Ethics Resource Library. (April 2015)



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