Waging the War on Drugs: An Ethical Perspective.
Would you question that the founding fathers of this nation were ethical men, or that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were among the great philosophers of that era? When the "drug culture" rose to prominence in the 1960s, the response from the government was predictable; it had to be stopped. But despite any number of legislation, initiatives, and military operations over the last thirty years, a steady flow of illegal drugs continues to reach America's streets, and it shows no signs of relaxing. .
The Office of Government Ethics, also known as the OGE is a small agency within the executive branch of our federal government. It was established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Originally part of the Office of Personnel Management, the OGE became a separate agency on October 1, 1989 as part of the Office of Government Ethics Reauthorization Act of 1988. .
The Office of Government Ethics exercises leadership in the executive branch to prevent conflicts of interest on the part of Government employees, and to resolve these conflicts of interest that do occur. In partnership with the executive branch agencies and departments, the OGE fosters high ethical standards for employees and strengthens the public's confidence in that the Government's business is conducted with impartiality and integrity. .
Executive branch employees hold their positions as a public trust and American citizens have a right to expect that all employees will place loyalty to the Constitution, laws and ethical principles above private gain. Employees fulfill that trust by adhering to general principles of ethical conduct as well as specific ethical standards. In addition, employees must strive to avoid any action that would create the appearance that they are violating the law or ethical standards. .
By observing these general principles, employees help to ensure that citizens have complete confidence in the integrity of Government operations and programs.