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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January 3, 2014

LA-14-01 Pay Adjustments to Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2014

This Legal Advisory discusses changes to the statutory pay-level thresholds for certain purposes under the Ethics in Government Act and 18 U.S.C. § 207(c).  The Legal Advisory also provides the relevant threshold amounts.

December 29, 2011

LA-11-10: Pay-Level Thresholds of Ethics Provisions Remain at 2011 Levels for Calendar Year 2012

This Legal Advisory reminds agencies that the three statutory pay-level thresholds for certain purposes under either the Ethics in Government Act (Ethics Act) or 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) will remain the same as last year.

February 8, 2011

LA-11-01: Effect of the Freeze on Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2011

This Legal Advisory updates the three statutory pay-level thresholds for certain purposes under either the Ethics in Government Act (Ethics Act) or 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) for calendar year 2011.

February 26, 2008

08x2: Political Appointees and Book Deals

OGE summarizes the restrictions on a political appointee who was interested in writing a book not related to his official duties.

November 1, 2005

05x7: Issues Pertaining to Covered Noncareer Employee

Provides guidance on various restrictions on covered noncareer employee pursuant to Title V of Ethics in Government Act and 5 C.F.R. part 2636; also guidance with respect to determining status as special government employee

August 31, 1998

98x14: Official and Unofficial Speech at Private Conference

OGE summarizes ethics provisions that are relevant when an employee speaks at a private conference in an official or unofficial capacity, and comments on policy considerations that are relevant when an agency is deciding whether to provide an official speaker.

December 27, 1990

90x27: Applicability of the Honoraria Ban to Payment for Encyclopedia Articles

The honoraria ban prevents government employees from receiving fees for any nonfiction article they may want to publish and likely applies to the encyclopedia articles and contributions (Note: Honoraria ban subsequently held unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court).

December 27, 1990

90x28: Applicability of the Honoraria Ban to Payment for Works of Science Fiction

The honoraria ban does not include works of fiction, poetry, lyrics or scripts and would not prohibit a government employee from publishing science fiction stories (Note: Honoraria ban subsequently held unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court).

December 18, 1990

90x26: Applicability of the Honoraria Ban to Payment for Tour Guide Services

The honoraria ban does not apply to part-time work as a licensed tour guide (Note: Honoraria ban subsequently held unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court).

November 28, 1990

90x24: Effect of Title VI of the Ethics Reform Act of 1989

This memorandum provides initial guidance regarding the application of Title VI of the Ethics Reform Act, specifically provisions that prohibit the receipt of honoraria and limit the outside earned income and employment of certain high-level noncareer employees (Note: Honoraria ban subsequently held unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court).

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