Legal Advisories

The Legal Advisories page contains the DAEOgrams on substantive ethics issues published by OGE from 1992 to 2010, the Advisory Opinions published by OGE from 1979 to 2010, and the Legal Advisories, which OGE began publishing in 2011.

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August 19, 2013

LA-13-10: Effect of the Supreme Court's Decision in United States v. Windsor on the Executive Branch Ethics Program

This Legal Advisory provides guidance on the effect of United States v. Windsor on the federal ethics provisions that use the terms “spouse,” “marriage,” and “relative.”

March 18, 2013

LA-13-02: Reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periods

This legal advisory is a reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periods.

December 14, 2012

LA-12-09: Scope of the Exception for Representation of a Parent or Child before the Government under 18 U.S.C. § 205(e)

This Legal Advisory clarifies that the exception at 18 U.S.C. § 205(e) for representation of persons with whom an employee has a personal relationship before the Government in connection with most matters may permit representation of an employee's stepparent or stepchild when the relationship is one that invokes certain family responsibilities.

May 17, 2007

07x7: Immigration Support Letters and 18 U.S.C. § 205

Generally, a Federal employee who writes an immigration support letter and submits the letter to an arm of the Federal Government would not normally be "act[ing]as agent or attorney" for another within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. § 205.

May 17, 2007

DO-07-015: Immigration Support Letters and 18 U.S.C. § 205

Generally, a Federal employee who writes an immigration support letter and submits the letter to an arm of the Federal Government would not normally be "act[ing]as agent or attorney" for another within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. § 205.

January 19, 2007

07x1: Counting Days of Service for Special Government Employees

OGE clarifies the conditions under which an agency need not count a day of service solely on the basis of certain activities by special Government employees.

January 19, 2007

DO-07-002: Counting Days of Service for Special Government Employees

OGE clarifies the conditions under which an agency need not count a day of service solely on the basis of certain activities by special Government employees.

December 22, 2006

06x13: Outside Activities Related to Official Duties

OGE provides general guidance on ethics provisions related to outside activities for a federal employee who owns a personal business in an area related to his official duties.

December 15, 2006

06x12: Filing an Amicus Curiae Brief on Behalf of Affiliate of Labor Organization

Government employees are generally prohibited from acting as agent or attorney for anyone before a Federal court in connection with any covered matter in which the U.S. is a party or has a direct and substantial interest. 18 U.S.C. § 205(i) provides an exception for representing a "labor organization" under certain conditions.

October 19, 2006

06x10: Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Summary

OGE outlines the ethics issues that can arise in connection with IPA assignments.

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