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

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12/09/2002

(Legal) 02x11: Application of the Financial Disclosure Requirements to Detailees under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA)pdf
Detailees under the IPA who occupy positions that fit one of the categories in section 101 of the Ethics in Government Act (or that are of "equal classification" with those positions) are required to file public financial disclosure reports.  Agencies may require other detailees to file confidential financial disclosure reports.

12/09/2002

(Legal) DO-02-029: Application of the Financial Disclosure Requirements to Detailees under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA)pdf
Detailees under the IPA who occupy positions that fit one of the categories in section 101 of the Ethics in Government Act (or that are of "equal classification" with those positions) are required to file public financial disclosure reports. Agencies may require other detailees to file confidential financial disclosure reports.

10/30/2002

(Legal) 02x9: Use of Title on Personal Stationery or in Personal Activitypdf
Use of the title "Administrative Law Judge," or "U.S. Administrative Law Judge," are references to an ALJ's official position and could be a violation of the Standards of Conduct when used on personal letterhead.  In contrast, the use of "Judge," or "The Honorable" are commonly used honorifics that can be used on personal letterhead.

10/22/2002

(Legal) DO-02-024: 2002 Edition of the OGE Form 450 Confidential Financial Disclosure Reportpdf
OGE issues the September 2002 version of the confidential financial disclosure form.

10/17/2002

(Legal) DO-02-023: 2001 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
2001 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

10/16/2002

(Legal) 02x8: Senior Employee under 18 U.S.C. § 207(c)pdf
A senior employee is still considered a senior employee of his agency for the purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) while on home leave.  In addition, a senior employee on detail to an agency from his home agency is considered a senior employee of both agencies for the purpose of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c).

10/16/2002

(Legal) 02x10: Application of 18 U.S.C. § 207(a)(2)pdf
Under 18 U.S.C. § 207(a)(2) a matter was actually pending as a particular matter involving specific parties under a former employee's official responsibility before he terminated his position.  A particular matter involving specific parties may be pending in an agency prior to the filing of an actual application for some kind of Federal action.

10/09/2002

(Legal) 02x7: Gifts Accepted under Agency Gift Acceptance Statutepdf
An agency should analyze whether gift baskets provided by an association to several agency offices may be accepted under the agency's gift acceptance statute.

09/27/2002

(Legal) DO-02-021: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds for Financial Disclosure Reportspdf
OGE issues final rule amendments (September 2002) that revise the financial disclosure regulations to reflect the statutory increase of the thresholds for reporting of gifts, reimbursements and travel expenses.

09/06/2002

(Legal) 02x6: 18 U.S.C. § 207(j) Waiver of Certain Post-Government Employment Restrictionspdf
OGE summarizes 18 U.S.C. § 207(j), concurs that a proposed waiver under 18 U.S.C. § 207(j)(5) would permit a former employee to furnish scientific or technological information to his former agency, and provides guidance concerning the scope of the proposed waiver.

08/08/2002

(Legal) DO-02-019: Technical Amendments to Regulations Governing Filing Extensions and Late Filing Fee Waiverspdf
Amendments to the financial disclosure regulations allow agencies to grant public filers the additional extensions of time currently granted by the OGE Director, not to exceed 45 days, and to waive the late filing fee for public filers who submit their reports more than 30 days after the due date.

07/31/2002

(Legal) 02x5: 18 U.S.C. § 207(a) and Yucca Mountainpdf
OGE analyzes the unusual and complicated facts related to the Yucca Mountain project and concludes, for purposes of this case, that certain pre-licensing matters should be viewed as part of the same particular matter involving specific parties as the licensing proceedings for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 207(a).

07/15/2002

(Legal) DO-02-018: 18 U.S.C. § 205 Advice and Counselingpdf
This memorandum explains that 18 U.S.C. § 205 should rarely prevent a Federal employee from serving with an outside organization where no representational activities are anticipated.

07/01/2002

(Legal) 02x4: 18 U.S.C. § 209 Guidancepdf
OGE issues a comprehensive summary of 18 U.S.C. § 209, which prohibits the supplementation of a Government employee’s salary by outside sources.

07/01/2002

(Legal) DO-02-016: 18 U.S.C. § 209 Guidancepdf
OGE issues a comprehensive summary of 18 U.S.C. § 209, which prohibits the supplementation of a Government employee’s salary by outside sources.

06/11/2002

(Legal) DO-02-015: Revocable Living Trustpdf
This memorandum provides ethics officials with general guidance on the subject of revocable living trusts and explains the context in which an amendment to the financial disclosure regulations applies.

06/03/2002

(Legal) 02x3: Commencement of Officer or Employee Status for Purposes of Conflict of Interest Requirementspdf
OLC issues an opinion dealing with the question of whether an individual becomes an officer or employee, for purposes of the conflict of interest restrictions, upon appointment by the President but before beginning duties.

06/03/2002

(Legal) DO-02-014: Commencement of Officer or Employee Status for Purposes of Conflict of Interest Requirementspdf
OLC issues an opinion dealing with the question of whether an individual becomes an officer or employee, for purposes of the conflict of interest restrictions, upon appointment by the President but before beginning duties.

05/14/2002

(Legal) 02x2: Public Financial Disclosure Reporting Requirements for Trustees and Executors Who Have Beneficial Interest in a Trust or Estatepdf
OGE reiterates reporting requirements for trustees and executors.  OGE also summarizes reporting requirements for the situation in which an employee, spouse or dependent child has a beneficial interest in a trust or estate.

04/26/2002

(Legal) DO-02-009: Waivers of Conflicts of Interest for Agency Headspdf
President Bush delegated his authority under 18 U.S.C 208(b) to grant waivers to agency heads, to the Counsel to the President.

04/24/2002

(Legal) 02x1: Financial Disclosure Issues Concerning Trustees, Executors, and Administratorspdf
OGE provides guidance concerning the reporting of the assets and income of trusts and estates with respect to which a reporting individual serves as trustee, executor, or administrator.

04/24/2002

(Legal) DO-02-008: Financial Disclosure Issues Concerning Trustees, Executors, and Administratorspdf
OGE provides guidance concerning the reporting of the assets and income of trusts and estates with respect to which a reporting individual serves as trustee, executor, or administrator.

03/19/2002

(Legal) DO-02-006: Publication of Final Rule Amending 5 C.F.R. Part 2640pdf
OGE publishes a final rule amending the regulations in 5 C.F.R. part 2640 that exempt certain financial interests as being too remote or inconsequential to affect the integrity of the services of employees, under 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(2).

03/08/2002

(Program) DO-02-004: Change in the Ethics Agreement Compliance System for Senate-Confirmed Presidential Appointeespdf
OGE describes required evidence that must be submitted to OGE within three months from a nominee's Senate confirmation date with respect to certain recusals made by nominees under Subpart E of 5 C.F.R. part 2635 in the nominee's ethics agreement. OGE also summarizes policies on extensions of time to complete compliance with an ethics agreement, including timing considerations when an appointee will be applying for a Certificate of Divestiture.

02/12/2002

(Legal) DO-02-003: 2000 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
2000 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey