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 26, 2008

DO-08-025: New GAO Report; Documenting Ethics Advice

OGE strongly encourages agency ethics officials to document ethics advice provided to current and former employees. Additionally, ethics officials should establish close working relationships with their respective Inspector General offices.

March 27, 2008

08x6: When Two Particular Matters Involving Specific Parties Should be Viewed as Separate Matters

Guidance on when two matters are separate, for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 207(a); reconsiders conclusion previously reached in OGE Informal Advisory Letter 99 x 14(2).

March 30, 2006

06x4: Responsibility of Agency Ethics Officials to Report Ethics Violations

OGE explains that Agency Ethics Officials have a duty to report possible violations of the ethics rules to the appropriate authorities, including OGE, and do not have a duty to protect employee; lack of knowledge of the ethics rules is not a defense; and an employee is responsible for remembering his ethical obligations or seeking ethics advice.

March 21, 2000

00x2: Maintenance of an Effective Agency Ethics Program

OGE letter to an agency clarifying, 1) an agencies' responsibility to furnish OGE with all information necessary for OGE to perform its duties, 2) OGE's authority for interpreting its own regulations, and 3) an agencies' responsibility to report information concerning criminal violations.

Topics: Enforcement
April 6, 1999

99x4: Consulting Business of Government Employee

Several statutes and regulations affect a Government employee's ability to engage in a particular outside activity, such as a consulting business.

September 12, 1997

97x14: Waiver of One-Year 'Cooling-Off Period'

An agency's proposed waiver of the one-year "cooling-off" period in 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) under 18 U.S.C. § 207(j)(5) was appropriate. [cites former 5 C.F.R. Part 2637]

March 21, 1997

97x4: Referring to Official Title and Position in Connection with Outside Writing

An employee may not give more prominence to his Government title and position than to other biographical information that he provides in connection with outside writing.

October 4, 1994

DO-94-034: Reports of Referral for Possible Prosecution

OGE reminds agencies to provide the Director of OGE with follow-up reports of any indictment, information, or declination of prosecution as well as any disciplinary or corrective action initiated, taken, or to be taken by the agency.

Topics: Enforcement
September 20, 1994

DO-94-032: Notification Requirement for Referrals of Possible Violations of Federal Conflict of Interest Statutes

OGE reminds agencies of the requirement to notify it of referrals to the Attorney General of possible violations of federal conflict of interest statutes and recommends that they use the OGE Form 202 to do so.

Topics: Enforcement
March 17, 1992

92x12: Remedies for Resolving Conflicts of Interest

A federal employee who owns stock in a company that creates a conflict of interest under 18 U.S.C. § 208 may divest the stock or request a recusal, reassignment, or waiver.

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