DO-94-018: Supreme Court Grants Petition for Certiorari in Case Challenging Honoraria Ban


April 19, 1994



Designated Agency Ethics Officials, General Counsels and Inspectors General


Stephen D. Potts



On April 18, 1994, the Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari filed by the Department of Justice asking the Court to review the decision of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in NTEU v. United States, 990 F.2d 1271 (D.C. Cir. 1993). The effect of this decision is that the Supreme Court will hear the NTEU case. The parties will file their briefs during the summer and oral argument before the Court will probably take place during the Court's fall term, which begins in October. The Court is likely to issue its decision from two to eight months after it hears oral argument.

In the interim, the Justice Department's enforcement policy remains as outlined in our DAEOgram of February 2, 1994. Even if the Supreme Court eventually reverses the decision of the Court of Appeals striking down the honoraria ban as applied to executive branch employees, the Justice Department will not request remedies under 5 U.S.C. App. § 504 with respect to executive branch employees who receive honoraria between September 28, 1993, when the mandate of the Court of Appeals issued, and the date on which the Supreme Court issues its decision in this case.