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

All Advisories for 2018

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(Program) PA-18-3: Prompt Release of Public Financial Disclosure Reportspdf
This program advisory reminds Designated Agency Ethics Officials of their obligation to promptly make available copies of public financial disclosure reports filed with their agency.


(Legal) LA-18-15: Release of OGE’s Updated Public Financial Disclosure Guide and Confidential Financial Disclosure Guidepdf
This Legal Advisory announces the release of a revised Public Financial Disclosure Guide and Confidential Financial Disclosure Guide and outlines the changes to both guides. A revision of the guides was necessitated by the revision of 5 C.F.R. part 2634, which contains the rules for Executive branch financial disclosure.


(Legal) LA-18-14: Farewell Receptions Provided by Former Employers; Partial Revocation of OGE Informal Advisory Opinion 94 x 2pdf
This Legal Advisory discusses gifts of farewell receptions provided to government employees by former employers. The Legal Advisory also updates and modifies advice provided in OGE Informal Advisory Opinion 94x2.


(Legal) LA-18-13: Clarification of the Meaning of “Political Entity” for Financial Disclosure Purposespdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies the meaning of “political entity” for financial disclosure purposes. For purposes of the Ethics in Government Act and 5 CFR part 2634, a political entity is a non-profit organized under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code.


(Legal) LA-18-12: Annual Public Financial Disclosure Filing Requirements for Employees who Change Agencies or Branches of Governmentpdf
This Legal Advisory provides guidance regarding the annual report filing requirements that apply to public filers who change agencies or branches within the Federal government. The Legal Advisory clarifies which employees must file an annual public financial disclosure report, with what agency or branch the employee must file, what agency or branch certifies the report, and if the report should be sent to OGE for certification.


(Legal) LA-18-11: Reminder of Agency Ethics Officials’ Responsibility to Counsel Employees Regarding Gifts to Pay for Legal Expensespdf
This Legal Advisory reminds agency ethics officials of their responsibility to help ensure that an employee’s acceptance of a gift to provide for legal expenses is done in accordance with the limitations of the gift rules. Agency ethics officials should take special care when counseling employees on whether the gift is from a prohibited source as defined in 5 C.F.R. § 2635.203(d), due to the heightened appearance concerns unique to an employee’s acceptance of this type of gift.


(Legal) LA-18-10: Publication of the Final Rule Revising 5 C.F.R. part 2634pdf
This Legal Advisory provides guidance regarding the updates to 5 C.F.R. part 2634, which covers Executive branch financial disclosure, Qualified Trusts, and Certificates of Divestiture. Attached to the Legal Advisory is a table detailing the changes.


(Legal) LA-18-09: 2017 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
OGE has completed its annual survey of prosecutions involving the conflict of interest criminal statutes and other related statutes for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.


(Program) PA-18-02: Proposed Revisions to the Public and Confidential Financial Disclosure Formspdf
This Program Advisory announces proposed revisions to the public and confidential financial disclosure forms. Comments are due by September 10, 2018.


(Legal) LA-18-08: Waivers Under 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(1) for an Employee’s Otherwise Disqualifying Financial Interest Arising from Intellectual Property Rightspdf
This Legal Advisory discusses waivers under 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(1) for an employee’s otherwise disqualifying financial interest arising from intellectual property rights.


(Legal) LA-18-07: Updated Conflicts of Interest Guidance on OGE’s Websitepdf
This Legal Advisory announces the issuance of guidance to assist ethics officials in identifying and analyzing potential conflicts of interest that can arise from various financial interests. These guidance documents cover various types of financial interests, as well as interests arising from employment and employment-related assets, and are available on OGE’s website.


(Legal) LA-18-06: Guidance for Reporting Virtual Currency on Financial Disclosure Reportspdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies that for purposes of financial disclosure reporting, virtual currency is property held for investment or the production of income and must be reported on employees' financial disclosure reports. Ethics officials should review virtual currency holdings for potential conflicts of interest.


(Legal) LA-18-05: Annual Update of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) Post-Employment Component Designations due to OGE by July 1, 2018pdf
In this Legal Advisory, OGE asks each agency to forward to OGE its annual letter stating whether its components that are currently designated should remain designated for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c). Any request to modify the existing list of components should be submitted in accordance with regulatory procedures.


(Program) PA-18-01: Deadlines and Procedures for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Employees (2018 Filing Cycle)pdf
This program advisory announces deadlines for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees and procedures for those reports agencies are required to transmit to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. The deadlines and procedures apply to 2018 annual public financial disclosure reports that are due in May 2018 and cover calendar year 2017.


(Legal) LA-18-04: Certificates of Divestiture: The “Reasonably Necessary” Divestiture Standard and the Requirement that Property Covered by a CD be Sold While the Seller is an “Eligible Person”pdf
This Legal Advisory provides guidance on two important aspects of the Certificate of Divestiture (CD) Program: (1) the “reasonably necessary” divestiture standard in the context of current Executive branch employees who know they will be leaving Government service shortly and (2) the requirement that only an “eligible person” may sell property in order to qualify for the benefits of a CD.


(Legal) LA-18-03: Divesting Similar or Related Property for Purposes of the Certificate of Divestiture Programpdf
This Legal Advisory discusses what constitutes “similar or related property” for purposes of the Certificate of Divestiture regulations.


(Legal) LA-18-02: Ethics Laws and Regulations Continue to Apply to Federal Government Employees during Furlough Periodspdf
This Legal Advisory urges ethics officials to remind employees that ethics laws and regulations will continue to apply to them while in a furlough status in the event of a lapse in appropriations.


(Legal) LA-18-01: Effect of Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2018pdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies the 2018 thresholds for: (1) determining which senior employees are subject to the post-employment restrictions; (2) identifying which officers and employees must file public financial disclosure reports; and (3) implementing the outside employment and outside earned income restrictions for certain covered noncareer employees.