Executive branch employees may not use their Government positions to suggest that the agency or any part of the executive branch endorses an organization (including a nonprofit organization), product, service, or person.
An employee may use their Government position to endorse an organization, product, or person when:
Example of prohibited conduct
A commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may not appear in a TV commercial in which she would endorse a blender produced by her former employer and would state that it has been found by the CPSC to be safe.
Example of permissible conduct
The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency may sign a letter to an oil company indicating that its refining operations are in compliance with Federal air quality standards even though he knows that the company routinely displays letters of this type in TV commercials portraying it as a “trustee of the environment for future generations.”
Note: The information on this page is not a substitute for individual advice. Agency ethics official should be consulted.