Dual Compensation and the Ethics Rules
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL COUNSEL WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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Mark Twain once said, Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest. Complying with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for employees of the Executive Branch should not only gratify some people but should not astonish the rest. As the Secretary of Defense has said in his August 19, 2019 memo, Reaffirming Our Commitment to Ethical Conduct, we must aim beyond compliance with basic standards and always be willing to choose the harder virtue over the easier vice. Federal employees often encounter questions about the proper use of Government facilities and time. 5 C.F.R. 2635.703,704 and 705. In a rare instance, the United States Court of Federal Claims dealt directly with this issue in a case regarding copyright infringement, Victor Herbert v. United States, 36 Fed. Cl. 299 1996.
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