Ethical Obligations of Public Agencies in Providing Justification of Expenditures to the Public
Does a public agency have ethical obligations in providing justification of its expenditures to the public? In order to formulate an opinion on this issue, we need to understand the following questions: What is ethics? What is ethics in public administration? What is a public organization / agency and its purpose? Do public organizations have a code, or codes, of ethics? What are expenditures? And finally, what accountability mechanism(s) can be used to ensure or assist in compliance with organizational codes of ethics?