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.
OGE strongly encourages agency ethics officials to document ethics advice provided to current and former employees. Additionally, ethics officials should establish close working relationships with their respective Inspector General offices.
Guidance on when two matters are separate, for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 207(a); reconsiders conclusion previously reached in OGE Informal Advisory Letter 99 x 14(2).
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.
OGE letter to an agency clarifying, 1) an agencies' responsibility to furnish OGE with all information necessary for OGE to perform its duties, 2) OGE's authority for interpreting its own regulations, and 3) an agencies' responsibility to report information concerning criminal violations.
Several statutes and regulations affect a Government employee's ability to engage in a particular outside activity, such as a consulting business.
An agency's proposed waiver of the one-year "cooling-off" period in 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) under 18 U.S.C. § 207(j)(5) was appropriate. [cites former 5 C.F.R. Part 2637]
An employee may not give more prominence to his Government title and position than to other biographical information that he provides in connection with outside writing.
OGE reminds agencies to provide the Director of OGE with follow-up reports of any indictment, information, or declination of prosecution as well as any disciplinary or corrective action initiated, taken, or to be taken by the agency.
OGE reminds agencies of the requirement to notify it of referrals to the Attorney General of possible violations of federal conflict of interest statutes and recommends that they use the OGE Form 202 to do so.
A federal employee who owns stock in a company that creates a conflict of interest under 18 U.S.C. § 208 may divest the stock or request a recusal, reassignment, or waiver.
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