Legal Advisories

The Legal Advisories page contains the DAEOgrams on substantive ethics issues published by OGE from 1992 to 2010, the Advisory Opinions published by OGE from 1979 to 2010, and the Legal Advisories, which OGE began publishing in 2011.

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May 27, 2015

LA-15-07: Legislative Activity of the 113th Congress Affecting the Executive Branch Ethics Program

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) monitors ethics-related provisions of interest to the executive branch ethics program. This Legal Advisory highlights legislative activity from the 113th Congress affecting the executive branch ethics program.

November 4, 2014

LA-14-06: Flexibility in Ensuring and Documenting Compliance with Ethics Agreements

This legal advisory explains and expands the options available to ethics officials for ensuring and documenting compliance with PAS officials' ethics agreements. It also clarifies the discretion ethics officials have in determining when screening arrangements are necessary to implement recusal commitments, and what form such arrangements can take.

September 30, 2014

LA-14-05: Financial Disclosure Requirements for Pooled Investment Funds

This Legal Advisory explains what Presidential Nominees, subject to Senate confirmation, must report on the OGE 278 when they own certain Pooled Investment Funds that do not qualify as excepted investment funds.

March 7, 2014

LA-14-02: Participation in Initial Public Offerings by Certain Employees

This Legal Advisory addresses specific statutory limits on when certain employees may purchase securities that are the subject of an Initial Public Offering.

January 3, 2014

LA-14-01: Pay Adjustments to Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2014

This Legal Advisory discusses changes to the statutory pay-level thresholds for certain purposes under the Ethics in Government Act and 18 U.S.C. § 207(c).  The Legal Advisory also provides the relevant threshold amounts.

August 19, 2013

LA-13-10: Effect of the Supreme Court's Decision in United States v. Windsor on the Executive Branch Ethics Program

This Legal Advisory provides guidance on the effect of United States v. Windsor on the federal ethics provisions that use the terms “spouse,” “marriage,” and “relative.”

June 28, 2013

LA-13-09: Periodic Transaction Reporting—Lapse of Penalty Waiver

This Legal Advisory reminds ethics officials that OGE’s blanket waiver of the $200 late fee for periodic transaction reports is no longer effective July 3, 2013.

April 9, 2013

LA-13-04: Reporting Requirements for Discretionary Trusts

This memorandum clarifies guidance concerning the application of the financial disclosure reporting requirements to discretionary trusts, as the term “discretionary trust” is defined in OGE’s only issuance on such trusts, DAEOgram DO-08-024 (2008).

January 18, 2013

LA-13-01: Periodic Reporting of Spouse and Dependent Children Transactions

This Legal Advisory explains that covered Executive Branch employees must file periodic reports of transactions involving separately owned assets of their spouses or dependent children. This Advisory amends the guidance provided in OGE LA-12-04.

June 20, 2012

LA-12-04: Public Financial Disclosure—Periodic Transaction Reports

This Legal Advisory explains the STOCK Act provision that requires certain employees to file periodic public reports of their transactions. The Legal Advisory also includes a copy of the new form that employees should use to file their periodic transaction reports (OGE Form 278-T). [The guidance in this advisory regarding periodic reporting of spouse and dependent children transactions was updated in 2013 by Legal Advisory LA-13-01.]

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