During the Holocaust, legions of government workers went along with Nazi policy as part of their everyday duties, enabling Hitler’s regime to carry out directives targeting Jews and others. Through the lens of this history, the Museum’s programs for federal executives challenge today’s government leaders to examine their roles and responsibilities in serving national interests while providing principled public service.
About the programs
Each year the Museum faciliates programs for hundreds of federal executives who hold leadership positions in agencies throughout the US government. Participants explore such ethical questions as:
- How does bureaucracy foster indifference?
- What are the challenges of fulfilling agency mission while maintaining professional values in the face of changing societal pressures?
- What role do federal executives play as leaders who protect our nation’s democratic values?
To date, employees from over 50 federal agencies have participated in this professional development opportunity including representatives from the Social Security Administration, the Central Intelligence Agency, the White House, and the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs. Meet the staff.
"The program reminded me—like a 2" × 4"—of the centrality of core values and thoughtful decision making. [The program] is an excellent way to bring back to reality what is really important."
- Federal Executive program participant
Funding for Civic and Defense Initiatives programs is provided by the May Family Endowment for Civic Responsibility.