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

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12/22/2006

(Legal) 06x13: Outside Activities Related to Official Dutiespdf
OGE provides general guidance on ethics provisions related to outside activities for a federal employee who owns a personal business in an area related to his official duties.

12/15/2006

(Legal) 06x12: Filing an Amicus Curiae Brief on Behalf of Affiliate of Labor Organizationpdf
Government employees are generally prohibited from acting as agent or attorney for anyone before a Federal court in connection with any covered matter in which the U.S. is a party or has a direct and substantial interest. 18 U.S.C. § 205(i) provides an exception for representing a "labor organization" under certain conditions.

12/12/2006

(Legal) 06x11: Benefits Secured by Government Contract and Gift Prohibitionpdf
If an employing agency determines that a private corporation's Employee Purchase Program is a benefit secured by a Government contract, the benefit is provided to the employee by the Government. Accepting the benefit does not the gift prohibition. The employing agency must determine whether the benefit is secured by a Government contract.

12/12/2006

(Legal) DO-06-036: Revised Confidential Financial Disclosure Regulation and OGE Form 450pdf
OGE summarizes the changes to the confidential financial disclosure regulation. The new regulation will go into effect on January 1, 2007.

12/05/2006

(Legal) DO-06-035: A Reminder about Holiday Gifts and Fundraisingpdf
OGE provides a brief reminder about the ethics rules regarding holiday gifts and fundraising.

11/07/2006

(Legal) DO-06-034: Amended Memorandum on Provisions Regarding Soliciting Gifts of Travelpdf
This memorandum amends DO-06-008 to correct citation errors and to discuss only the issue of soliciting gifts of travel.

10/19/2006

(Legal) DO-06-031: Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Summarypdf
OGE outlines the ethics issues that can arise in connection with IPA assignments.

10/19/2006

(Legal) 06x10: Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Summarypdf
OGE outlines the ethics issues that can arise in connection with IPA assignments.

10/11/2006

(Legal) DO-06-030: Procedures for Requesting a Certificate of Divestiturepdf
OGE outlines the information that an agency must include in a request for a certificate of divestiture.

10/04/2006

(Legal) 06x9: "Particular Matter Involving Specific Parties," "Particular Matter," and "Matter"pdf
OGE discusses the meaning of and the distinctions among the terms "particular matter involving specific parties," "particular matter," and "matter" as used in the criminal conflict of interest statutes and regulations.

10/04/2006

(Legal) DO-06-029: "Particular Matter Involving Specific Parties," "Particular Matter," and "Matter"pdf
OGE discusses the meaning of and the distinctions among the terms "particular matter involving specific parties," "particular matter," and "matter" as used in the criminal conflict of interest statutes and regulations.

08/29/2006

(Program) DO-06-026: 2007 Training Awardspdf
OGE discusses training as the principal avenue for explaining to federal employees why ethical behavior is important in government. OGE announces a new award program for ethics training.

08/23/2006

(Legal) 06x8: Particular Matters for Purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 208pdf
Preliminary, informal discussions about possible changes to industry-specific standards are particular matters for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 208.

08/10/2006

(Legal) DO-06-024: Publication of Final Rule to Clarify the Status of IPA Detaileespdf
The final rule clarifies that detailees to an agency from a State or local government or other organization, under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), 5 U.S.C. § 3374, are covered by the Standards.

08/09/2006

(Legal) DO-06-023: Ethics and Working with Contractors — Questions and Answerspdf
Guidance on variety of ethics issues that commonly arise in procurement context, such as seeking employment, post-employment, financial conflicts of interest, outside employment, gifts and misuse of office.

08/09/2006

(Legal) 06x7: Ethics and Working with Contractors — Questions and Answerspdf
Guidance on variety of ethics issues that commonly arise in procurement context, such as seeking employment, post-employment, financial conflicts of interest, outside employment, gifts and misuse of office.

07/26/2006

(Legal) DO-06-022: 2005 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
2005 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

06/19/2006

(Program) DO-06-018: Director's Introductory Messagepdf
Robert I. Cusick, newly confirmed as Director of OGE, shares an introductory message with the ethics community.

06/14/2006

(Legal) 06x6: Supervisor's Use of Subordinate to Complete Financial Disclosure Reportpdf
OGE believes a Government employee should be allowed to use reasonable periods of official time to complete a financial disclosure report because completion of the report is a requirement of the Government position. For the same reason, assigning a subordinate to complete the report is not an improper use of Government position or resources.

05/11/2006

(Legal) DO-06-015: Publication of Proposed Rule to Clarify the Status of IPA Detaileespdf
The proposed rule would clarify that detailees to an agency from a State or local government or other organization, under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), 5 U.S.C. § 3374, are covered by the Standards.

05/09/2006

(Legal) DO-06-014: Court of Appeals Upholds OGE Rule on Teaching, Speaking, and Writingpdf
The Federal 10th Circuit upholds the validity of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.807(a) against a first amendment challenge by an administrative law judge (ALJ) of the Social Security Administration (SSA).

04/07/2006

(Legal) DO-06-011: Scope of Public Financial Disclosure Reporting Exception for Compensation from an Individual with Whom the Filer is in a Privileged Relationshippdf
The exception to the requirement that nominees and new entrants report the names of their major clients on Schedule D, Part II of the SF 278 applies in a narrow set of circumstances.

03/31/2006

(Legal) DO-06-008: Reminder on the Rules Regarding Gifts of Travelpdf
OGE addresses questions that have been raised about the propriety of executive branch employees soliciting free air travel. [Note: The guidance in this memorandum was amended by DAEOgram DO-06-034.]

03/30/2006

(Legal) 06x4: Responsibility of Agency Ethics Officials to Report Ethics Violationspdf
OGE explains that Agency Ethics Officials have a duty to report possible violations of the ethics rules to the appropriate authorities, including OGE, and do not have a duty to protect employee; lack of knowledge of the ethics rules is not a defense; and an employee is responsible for remembering his ethical obligations or seeking ethics advice.

03/30/2006

(Legal) 06x5: Denial of Request for Ad Hoc Exemption from One-Year Cooling-Off Period in 18 U.S.C. § 207(c)pdf
OGE discusses the extent of its authority to waive the application of the one-year cooling-off period to a particular position or category of positions. OGE denied the request for a waiver to permit former senior employees to make representational contacts with current employees of their former agencies who happen to be on detail to another agency.

03/21/2006

(Legal) 06x3: Employee Acceptance of Testamentary Gift from Prohibited Sourcepdf
An employee may only accept the testamentary gifts from a prohibited source if the gift falls within one of the gift acceptance exceptions. Included are factors to consider if relying on the personal relationship exception.

03/17/2006

(Legal) DO-06-007: Proposed New OGE Form 450 Confidential Financial Disclosure Reportpdf
OGE has published a first-round paperwork notice requesting comments on a new proposed OGE Form 450, Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report form.

03/13/2006

(Legal) 06x2: Advice to Former Employee on 18 U.S.C. § 207 and Procurement Integrity Actpdf
OGE provides advice to a former employee on 18 U.S.C. § 207, including guidance on a "particular matter involving specific parties," and the post-employment restrictions under the Procurement Integrity Act in 41 U.S.C. § 423.

02/17/2006

(Legal) DO-06-004: Review and Clearance of Nominee Formspdf
OGE will continue the system of “pre-clearing” nominee financial disclosure forms. The goal of this system is to ensure that all technical and substantive issues are resolved prior to nomination, so that no impediments to confirmation arise at the last minute.

01/19/2006

(Legal) DO-06-002: Office of Legal Counsel Opinion on 18 U.S.C. § 208pdf
OGE summarizes Office of Legal Counsel Opinion about whether a nonprofit organization has a financial interest in a particular matter on which it spends funds to advocate its policy position, solely by virtue of such expenditures. [Note: This DAEOgram modified OGE Informal Advisory Letter 97 x 2.]

01/19/2006

(Legal) 06x1: Office of Legal Counsel Opinion on 18 U.S.C. § 208pdf
OGE summarizes Office of Legal Counsel Opinion about whether a nonprofit organization has a financial interest in a particular matter on which it spends funds to advocate its policy position, solely by virtue of such expenditures. [Note: This informal advisory letter modified OGE Informal Advisory Letter 97 x 2.]