During the 1980s, government ethics were brought into the spotlight as the public's confidence in the integrity of government officials eroded. In an attempt to curb actual and perceived improprieties by government employees, and to reinforce the standards of integrity within the federal government, President Bush signed into law the Ethics Reform Act of 1989.
Judy M. Lin,
United States v. National Treasury Employees Union and the Constitutionality of the Honoraria Ban: Protecting the First Amendment Rights of Public Employees,
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