Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC)
The Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC) was established in May 2001 by Proclamation number 235/200117.Proclamation No 433/2005 is the revised proclamation for the establishment of FEACC, which is hereby established as an independent Federal Government body.
The FEACC shall have the powers and duties:
1.In cooperation with relevant bodies, to combat corruption and other impropriety by creating awareness through educating the public about the effects of corruption and the promotion of ethics in public service and in the society;
2.In cooperation with relevant bodies, to prevent corruption by studying or causing to be studied the practices and procedures in Public Offices and Public Enterprises to secure the revision of methods of work which may be conducive to corrupt practices as well as follow up their implementation; and inform or remind the relevant body, when deemed essential, to take the proper measures or give decision, and advise or assist on same, upon request, any other persons;
3.To investigate or cause the investigation of any complaints of alleged or suspected serious breaches of the codes of ethics in public offices or public enterprises; and follow up the taking of proper measures;
4.To investigate and prosecute or cause the investigation and the prosecution of any alleged or suspected corruption offences specified in the criminal code or in other laws where they are committed by public officials or public employees or other persons in Public Offices or Public Enterprises, or in the Regional offices relating to subsidies granted by the Federal Government to the Regions;
5.Where there is reasonable suspicion in connection with corruption offences, to investigate and obtain information about, with the order of the commissioner, any bank account of suspected persons; and cause the attachment, with court order of same where necessary;
6.To freeze, by court order, the assets of any person who may be under investigation for corruption; and cause, through court order, the forfeiture of any assets and wealth obtained by corruption or its equivalent to the state or dispose same by or without public auction;
7.In cooperation with relevant bodies, to register or cause the registration of the assets and financial interests of public officials and other public employees compellable to do so as specified by law;
8.In cooperation with relevant bodies, to facilitate the condition, for the protection of physical and job security of witnesses and whistleblowers, provide protection of the same in accordance with the law.
9.To establish and implement, upon approval, procedures and standards for the selection of awards, upon competition, of persons or offices who are successful in fighting and preventing corruption;
10.Apart from legislative and judicial bodies, to ensure the preparation or to prepare and monitor the implementation of codes of ethics for Public Offices and Public Enterprises; to provide upon request, advice to legislative and judicial bodies in establishing their own codes of ethics;
11.In cooperation with relevant bodies, to coordinate other components of the ethical infrastructures;
12.In cooperation with relevant bodies, to undertake research on ethics and corruption; give support to other similar activities and to publish reports and technical studies to further the purpose of the commission;
13.In cooperation with relevant bodies, to follow up and ensure the enforcement of anti-corruption laws and give advice on the implementation of same;
14.To provide the necessary support to the Public Offices and Public Enterprises in the establishment of ethics liaison units;
15.To provide the necessary advice and support to the regions;
16. To liaise and cooperate with national, regional and international bodies with similar objectives;
17.To own property, enter into contract, to sue and be sued in its own name;
18.To perform such other duties as may be defined by law and undertake other activities necessary for the attainment of its objectives.
The FEACC is comprised eight Directorates and three services.The directorates are identified as Ethics Education; Public Relations; Corruption Prevention; Corruption Investigation and Prosecution; Ethics Infrastructures Coordination; Plan, Procurement, and Finance; Change Management; and Human Resource Management directorates.The Services are also designated as Legal, Audit, and General Service .The Commissioner’s Office and the Deputy Commissioner’s Office are also part of the organizational setup.
Since its establishment in 2001, the FEACC has made some encouraging achievements in fighting and preventing corruption.It has, for example, undertaken a number of successful awareness-raising activities on the threat of corruption and on the dire need to counter it.The FEACC was able to make the issue of fighting corruption a popular agenda.It also revised the working procedures and practices in more than 117 public offices and enterprises.
Afterwards, it put forward corrective measures and recommendations to the respective public offices and enterprises, thereby sealing off loopholes that were believed to be conducive for corruption.Furthermore, it investigated more than 1, 200 cases and prosecuted a number of offenders some 300 of whom received from 1-19 years of imprisonment.By doing so, it has sent a clear message to all corrupt guys that they have to think twice before committing corruption.
The FEACC has, therefore, devised mechanisms of creating public awareness on fighting and preventing corruption at the national level.One of such means is the publication and distribution of promotional materials.It was for this very reason that the FEACC prepared and distributed the magazine among the different cross-sections of the Ethiopian public and other stakeholders in the fight against corruption.Since its establishment in May 2001, the FEACC has given face-to-face ethics and anti-corruption education for more than 135, 000 Ethiopians drawn from various cross-sections of the society.Additionally, it reached millions of Ethiopians through the media and tried to raise public awareness on the dire need to fight corruption.
Finally, the FEACC, urges the different cross-sections of the society and other partners to join hands with the Commission in the fight against corruption so that the Country’s development and democratization processes will stay the course.