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Ethical Decision-Making for Government Employees

Course CategoryAudit

Event calendar iconJanuary 27, 2023

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This course will be delivered on-site in American Samoa.

Registration is open to insular government professionals.

This course is limited to public sector professionals working for the American Samoa Government.

Course Description

Are you faced with tough decisions about how to handle sensitive situations in your mission? Explore the ethical hazards and dilemmas facing officials and review methods of analyzing and resolving them in this participative workshop. Come away with a skill-set for dealing with the common, right vs. wrong hazards (temptations) and the more difficult right vs. right conflicts or dilemmas that auditors face. Also, learn ways to mitigate the risks, fortify the courage associated with carrying out ethical decisions, and review how to integrate effective ethics control systems into an organization.

Will learn icon What You Will Learn

After the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Anticipate and recognize ethical dilemmas as well as distinguish right vs. wrong temptations from the right vs. right ethical hazards and dilemmas that officials face in their work
  • Select, describe, and use the appropriate ethical decision-making process from a survey of widely accepted models
  • Describe the causes of unethical behavior and methods of discouraging that behavior
  • Mitigate the internal and external inhibitors to carrying out decisions when there are potential risks involved
  • Help establish an ethics control system in an organization

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for decision makers, such as audit and finance and financial management officers and action officials in American Samoa.

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For all on-site training in the insular areas, the Graduate School USA's Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) works closely with local training hosts to ensure that participants, instructors, and training support staff enjoy a safe learning experience. Please note the following:

  • Full details of PITI-VITI's health and safety guidelines are available here.
  • Local health and safety guidelines for the government of American Samoa, which will be hosting this training, is available at
  • Please contact PITI-VITI Admin at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Info icon Tuition Fees

With funding support from the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, courses are available free of charge for government accountability professionals within the insular areas. The course fee is waived and there is no cost to register and attend, Professionals who do not meet the above criteria, please contact [email protected].










January 27, 2023

5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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CPEs - 8 Credit Hours

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On-Site, American Samoa

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Rex H Lee Auditorium, American Samoa

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Drummond Kahn

Drummond Kahn

Portland, OR

Drummond Kahn serves on the faculty of the Graduate School USA, training auditors and financial managers in the U.S. and overseas.  Since 1990, Mr. Kahn served in federal, state, and local government auditing positions.

Terry VanEaton

Terry VanEaton

American Samoa

Terry VanEaton joined the Office of the Governor of American Samoa as Legal Counsel to the Governor in October of this year.  Prior to this position, Mr. VanEaton served as an attorney in the Compliance Division of the Nebraska Department of Revenue before becoming the Director of Compliance for the Nebraska Department of Economic.