Ethics in Government

Archive Report

Unethical Practices and Corrective Action

Disclosures in 1950-51 Congressional Inquiries

The level of morality in the federal establishment, at Washington and elsewhere throughout the country, has become a subject of grave public concern as practices which range from the questionable to the criminal have been disclosed in a series of congressional investigations. Opponents of the party in control of the national government have seized upon scandals in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Justice and other federal agencies as offering a leading issue for the 1952 campaign.”1

Concern over low ethical standards extends beyond the Executive Branch to Congress itself, and to the national party organizations. The Elections subcommittee of the Senate, in a unanimous report, Aug. 3, condemned “despicable back-street” tactics used ...

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