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 1, 2007

07x11: Misuse of Federal Position to Help Another Person Get a Job

This memorandum outlines several factors that an executive branch employee should consider in deciding when it is appropriate to assist an associate, either another Government employee or a private party, in efforts to obtain private sector employment.

August 1, 2007

DO-07-023: Misuse of Federal Position to Help Another Person Get a Job

This memorandum outlines several factors that an executive branch employee should consider in deciding when it is appropriate to assist an associate, either another Government employee or a private party, in efforts to obtain private sector employment.

October 4, 2000

00x11: Employees Assisting Taxpayers and 18 U.S.C. § 205

OGE determined that, although an employee would violate 18 U.S.C. § 205 if he represented taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, 18 U.S.C. § 205 does not prohibit an employee from assisting another in preparing their income tax returns.

October 28, 1998

98x17: Marketing Incentives Offered in Connection with Government Purchases

Employees were precluded from retaining purchase incentives, for personal use, from vendor in connection with official agency purchases.

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.

February 19, 1998

98x3: Purchase of Government Property; Conflicts of Financial Interest

Guidelines to help an ADAEO determine whether a government employee may purchase a training script from his agency, and how he may use that script outside of his government responsibilities.

March 21, 1997

97x3: Use of Official Time and Government Equipment for Unofficial Purposes

Whether military Reservists and National Guard members may use official time and Government equipment at their civilian Federal positions depends upon whether the agency has authorized such use.

September 17, 1996

96x18: Golf Tournaments Held Simultaneously with a Conference

OGE addresses the ethics issues raised by the participation of executive branch employees in a golf tournament that was held simultaneously with an annual conference of Federal Government employees.

March 19, 1996

96x6: Position with Private Partisan Organization

The ethics laws and regulations do not preclude an employee from serving in a leadership position with a private partisan organization provided the employee does not take actions while serving that violate an ethics provision, such as 18 U.S.C. § 205.

December 1, 1995

95x13: Agency Holiday Parties

This memorandum discusses whether there was a violation of 5 C.F.R. part 2635 when an agency employee distributed a flyer inviting employees to an agency Halloween party.

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