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Memo from Secretary Mayorkas on Ethical Conduct: The Bedrock of Our Service

Release Date: October 26, 2021

Our Department of Homeland Security has a noble mission. We successfully execute our mission because of your extraordinary talent and unwavering dedication.

The privilege of advancing our Department's noble mission carries with it the responsibility to uphold the highest ethical standards. The manner in which each of us performs our work and comports ourselves reflects on our colleagues and our Department as a whole. We must act with honor and integrity in all that we do. We must fulfill our commitment to transparency, accountability, inclusivity, and equity.

As members of the Department, each of us must comply with the ethics rules that govern our conduct as federal government employees. These rules include complying with all statutes, regulations, and policies; adhering to ethics requirements and standards; considering conflicts of interest and the appearance of ethics issues; and, maintaining a standard of personal behavior that reflects positively on our Department and preserves the public's trust in how we accomplish our mission.

Together, we will uphold the highest ethical standards in every aspect of our work. This includes everything from our enforcement of the law, personnel practices, stewardship of government resources, and financial management practices, to our interactions with the public. We will continue to execute our mission consistent with the law, treat individuals with dignity and respect, and safeguard civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy protections.

Thank you for your service to our Department and to our Nation. It is a privilege to work alongside you.


Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security 

​With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Last Updated: 10/27/2021
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