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OGE Issues a Final Rule Revising Subpart B of the Standards of Ethical Conduct, “Gifts from Outside Sources”

November 18, 2016

On November 18, 2016, OGE published a final rule revising the provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern solicitation and acceptance of gifts from outside sources, found at 5 C.F.R. 2635, Subpart B. It is effective January 1, 2017. 

The final rule advances public confidence in the integrity of federal officials by encouraging ethical decisionmaking and refining available gift exceptions. Additionally, the revisions update examples, incorporate past interpretative guidance, improve clarity, and make technical corrections.  

A copy of OGE’s final rule can be found here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-18/pdf/2016-27036.pdf.