Executive branch employees are subject to restrictions on the gifts that they may accept from sources outside the Government. Unless an exception applies, executive branch employees may not accept gifts that are given because of their official positions or that come from certain interested sources ("prohibited sources").
A “gift” is defined to mean anything of monetary value, and specifically includes “transportation, local travel, lodgings and meals, whether provided in-kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense has been incurred.
A prohibited source is a person (or an organization made up of such persons) who:
There are a few exceptions to the prohibition on gifts from outside sources. These exceptions allow an employee to accept:
The following items are examples of items that are not considered gifts and that may be accepted by an employee:
There are other exceptions, including exceptions for awards and honorary degrees; certain discounts and other benefits; attendance at certain social events; and meals, refreshments, and entertainment in foreign countries.
These exceptions are subject to the following limitations on their use:
If an employee has received a gift that cannot be accepted, the employee may:
Note: The information on this page is not a substitute for individual advice. Agency ethics officials should be consulted about specific situations.