Code of Ethics for Government Service


PUBLIC LAW 96-303

( signed into law on July 3, 1980 )



ANY PERSON IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE SHOULD:

I.   Put loyalty to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty to persons, party, or Government department.

II.   Uphold the Constitution, laws, and regulations of the United States and of all governments therein and never be a party to their evasion.

III.   Give a full day's labor for a full day's pay; giving earnest effort and best thought to the performance of duties.

IV.   Seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished.

V.   Never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or

VI.   Make no private promises of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since a Government employee has no private word which can be binding on public duty.

VII.   Engage in no business with the Government, either directly or indirectly, which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of governmental duties.

VIII.   Never use any information gained confidentially in the performance of government duties as a means for making private profit.

IX.   Expose corruption wherever discovered.

X.   Uphold these principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust.

DECA Poster 80-3, Feb 94

When this law was passed, it included a requirement for posting the above in government facilities. That requirement was later repealed. (Source 1, Source 2) But the law itself is still very much a LAW.}



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