United States Office of Government Ethics, Preventing Conflicts of Interest in the Executive Branch

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12/08/1998

(Legal) 98x20: Effect of Terminal Leave Status on Officer’s Official Responsibility for Matters Pending in his Officepdf
OGE discusses whether the two-year representation bar of 18 U.S.C. § 207(a)(2) applies to a former military officer who seeks to represent a client in connection with a particular matter that was not pending in his agency's office until after he had gone on terminal leave prior but before he had separated from the agency.

11/25/1998

(Legal) DO-98-034: District Court Decision on Remand in Sanjour v. EPApdf
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued its decision on remand in Sanjour v. Environmental Protection Agency. The decision impacts enforcement of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.807(a), and its prohibition on employee acceptance of travel expenses in connection with teaching, speaking, or writing relating to official duties.

11/25/1998

(Legal) 98x19: District Court Decision on Remand in Sanjour v. EPApdf
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued its decision on remand in Sanjour v. Environmental Protection Agency. The decision impacts enforcement of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.807(a), and its prohibition on employee acceptance of travel expenses in connection with teaching, speaking, or writing relating to official duties.

11/19/1998

(Program) Attachment C to DO-98-031: Executive Summary of Results of Field Office Ethics Program Surveypdf
This attachment, DO-98-031C, is the executive summary of the results of the field office ethics program survey (1998).

11/17/1998

(Program) Attachment A to DO-98-031: Field Office Ethics Program Survey Questionnairepdf
This attachment, DO-98-031A, is the field office ethics program survey questionnaire (1998).

11/17/1998

(Program) DO-98-031: Results of the Survey of Agency Field Office Ethics Officialspdf
OGE publishes the results of its 1998 survey of ethics officials about various facets of their field office ethics programs.

11/16/1998

(Legal) 98x18: Support Letters for Sentencing Hearing and 18 U.S.C. § 205pdf
Discusses application of 18 USC 205 and 5 CFR 2635.702(b) to employees who wish to submit letters providing character reference in support of person subject to Federal criminal sentencing; also discusses need for OGE-approved supplemental standards of conduct regulation if agency wants to maintain additional ethics restriction.

11/13/1998

(Program) DO-98-030: Reporting Payments Accepted Under 31 U.S.C. § 1353pdf
Section 1353 of title 31, United States Code, authorizes the acceptance by executive branch agencies of payments for travel, subsistence, and related expenses from non-Federal sources in connection with the attendance of employees at certain meetings or similar functions. The statute provides that the head of each agency shall submit to the Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) semiannual reports of payments of more than $250 accepted under this authority. The next semiannual report should be submitted to OGE not later than November 30, 1998, concerning payments received during the period beginning on April 1, 1998, and ending on September 30, 1998. Agencies are required to submit negative reports.

10/28/1998

(Legal) 98x17: Marketing Incentives Offered in Connection with Government Purchasespdf
Employees were precluded from retaining purchase incentives, for personal use, from vendor in connection with official agency purchases.

10/15/1998

(Legal) 98x16: Acceptance of Food in Connection with Eventpdf
Guidance on when employees may accept meal at event and proper disposition of prohibited gifts.

09/11/1998

(Legal) 98x15: Free Attendance at Receptionpdf
Guidance on when free attendance at a reception constitutes a gift and, if so, when various exceptions to the gift prohibitions may apply.

09/10/1998

(Program) Attachment B to DO-98-031: Results of Field Office Ethics Program Surveypdf
This attachment, DO-98-031B, is the full report of the results of the field office ethics program survey (1998).

09/08/1998

(Legal) DO-98-027: Revisions to OGE Form 202pdf
OGE reminds agencies to use the OGE Form 202 (recently revised) to report to OGE referrals of potential violations of the criminal conflict of interest laws to the Attorney General.

09/02/1998

(Legal) DO-98-025: Application of 18 U.S.C. § 208 to Service on Boardspdf
The Office of Legal Counsel issues an opinion addressing the question of whether 18 U.S.C. § 208 prohibits employees of the executive branch from serving, in an official capacity, as a member of the board of a private voluntary standards organization.

08/31/1998

(Legal) 98x14: Official and Unofficial Speech at Private Conferencepdf
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.

08/28/1998

(Legal) DO-98-024: Part II of Proposed Minor Amendments to Standards of Ethical Conductpdf
OGE publishes the remaining installment of proposed minor amendments to the standards, affecting subpart F (Seeking Other Employment) and subpart H (Outside Activities).

08/13/1998

(Legal) 98x13: Regulatory Removal of Honoraria Rulespdf
OGE announces issuance of rule removing obsolete provisions concerning the former honoraria ban.

08/13/1998

(Legal) DO-98-023: Regulatory Removal of Honoraria Rulespdf
OGE announces issuance of rule removing obsolete provisions concerning the former honoraria ban.

08/07/1998

(Legal) DO-98-022: Proposed Minor Amendments to Standards of Conduct pdf
OGE publishes proposed minor amendments to subpart B (Gifts From Outside Sources) of the standards of conduct regulation.

07/27/1998

(Legal) 98x12: Financial Disclosure Reporting Requirements for Trusteespdf
OGE discusses whether an employee who serves as trustee is required to report the holdings and income of the trust on the employee's financial disclosure report. [Decision modified in 2002 by OGE Informal Advisory Memorandum 02 x 1 and DAEOgram DO-02-008.]

07/17/1998

(Legal) 98x11: "Personal and Substantial" as Modifier of "Participation"pdf
Only "personal and substantial" participation in a particular Government matter is restricted by 5 C.F.R. §§ 2635.402(c) and 2635.604(a), but circumstances may warrant that an employee be disqualified from any participation in certain matters under 5 C.F.R. § 2635.502(a).

07/13/1998

(Legal) 98x10: Eligibility of Interests in Qualified Incentive Stock Option Plan for Certificate of Divestiturepdf
OGE denied a request for a Certificate of Divestiture where the stock was acquired through a qualified incentive stock option plan and the sale would not comply with the required holding period. [Note: In 2004, the Internal Revenue Code was amended and now the sale of stock acquired under these circumstances may qualify for a Certificate of Divestiture in accordance with 26 U.S.C. § 421(d).]

07/02/1998

(Legal) 98x9: Certificates of Divestiture and Giftspdf
OGE will not issue a Certificate of Divestiture for a security received as a gift, although securities received through inheritance may be eligible for a Certificate of Divestiture.

06/25/1998

(Legal) 98x8: Accepting Transportation from Government Contractorpdf
Transportation received as part of official duties are accepted by the government, not the individual, and the Standards of Conduct do not apply. The matter must be resolved by the agency, determining if the transportation is a gift (or part of the contract) and whether the agency can accept a gift (generally prohibited without statutory authority).

06/22/1998

(Legal) DO-98-021: Summary of the Standards of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Statutes in Versepdf
The OGE poem, "A Different Point of View," summarizes key provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and certain of the conflict of interest statutes in title 18 of the United States Code.

06/04/1998

(Legal) 98x7: Nonprofit Organization of Federal Employees; Representations before Agencypdf
Inclusion of a federal employee organization's name on another organization's letterhead would not constitute representational activity by the Federal employee members of the organization even if the other organization made representations to the Government using the letterhead.

05/07/1998

(Program) DO-98-018: The Office of Government Ethics Biennial Report to Congresspdf
Under current law, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is required to submit biennially a report to Congress summarizing the actions taken in the ethics program during the previous two years and providing any other appropriate information. The report covering OGE's activities from January 1, 1996 through December 31, 1997 has just been issued, and a copy is attached.

05/07/1998

(Legal) DO-98-019: Update — Nominee Public Financial Disclosure Reports and Certificates of Divestiturepdf
OGE withdraws its request that agency reviewers add a statement to nominee financial disclosure reports noting that the information on the report has been updated in accordance with required time periods.

05/04/1998

(Legal) 98x6: Public Financial Disclosure Report Certification Practicepdf
Neither the statute, 5 U.S.C. app., §§ 101-111, nor the controlling regulation at 5 C.F.R. part 2634 allowed agencies to require filers to add a certification of no conflictof interest to the SF 278 Public Financial Disclosure Report.

04/08/1998

(Legal) 98x5: Use of Government Employee Resume by Contractorpdf
There is no per se ethics violation if a contractor uses a federal employee's resume in an agency procurement process. It is possible that use of that resume, in certain circumstances, could violate conflicts of interest statutes or standards of ethical conduct.

04/08/1998

(Legal) DO-98-013: Timeliness of Nominee SF 278 Reports and Related Certificate of Divestiture Issuespdf
The material in the public financial disclosure report of a nominee must be made current by the nominee or the agency reviewer (pursuant to specific authorization from the nominee) prior to submitting the report to this Office in final form.

04/01/1998

(Legal) DO-98-011: Regulatory Amendment to Clarify Finality of Position Designations for Confidential Financial Disclosurepdf
A minor clarifying amendment establishes that the agency head's (or his designee's) decision upon review of complaints regarding the designation of employee positions for filing confidential financial disclosure reports is final and conclusive for all purposes.

03/13/1998

(Legal) DO-98-007: 1997 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
1997 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

02/24/1998

(Legal) 98x4: Post-Government Employment Provisions (18 U.S.C. § 207(c)) Applied to Agency Componentspdf
Employee was a senior employee by reason of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c)(2)(A)(i), because she was employed in a position paid under the Executive Schedule, despite continuing to receive pay under the SES. Therefore, her former agency under 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) and EO 12834 is all of the agency, as the component designation under § 207(h) doesn't apply. [Note: Executive Order 12834 has been revoked.]

02/19/1998

(Legal) 98x3: Purchase of Government Property; Conflicts of Financial Interestpdf
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.

02/11/1998

(Legal) 98x2: Senior Employees; Post-Government Employment Restrictions; Public Financial Disclosure Requirementpdf
The basic rate of pay that makes an individual subject to "senior employee" restrictions of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) refers to the employee's actual pay (salary), not the pay scale. The basic rate of pay that makes an individual subject to public financial disclosure requirements, refers to the minimum pay of a particular level on the pay scale.

01/14/1998

(Legal) 98x1: Financial Disclosure Reporting Obligations; Receipt of Giftspdf
Under 5 C.F.R. §§ 2635.201 and 2635.203, the government employee was allowed to accept gifts from his wife's employer, because it was not a prohibited source. Employee was not required to disclose the gifts because they were given to his wife totally independent of the employee.