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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September 30, 2013

LA-13-11: Ethics Laws and Regulations Continue to Apply to Federal Government Employees during Furlough Periods

This Legal Advisory reminds employees that the ethics laws and regulations will continue to apply during a possible government shutdown.

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-13-05: 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(2) Exemption for Official Participation in Nonprofit Organizations

This Legal Advisory discusses the history and scope of the exemption for official participation in nonprofit organizations found at 5 C.F.R. § 2640.203(m). The Legal Advisory also highlights important considerations for agency officials who intend to assign employees to serve in an official capacity at a nonprofit organization.

March 18, 2013

LA-13-02: Reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periods

This legal advisory is a reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periods.

December 6, 2012

LA-12-07: Continuing Waiver Validity for Transferred Employees

This Legal Advisory clarifies that an individual waiver issued pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(1) to an employee who has transferred from one agency to another will remain effective until the receiving agency makes a determination to either cancel the waiver or issue a new waiver.

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).

April 6, 2012

LA-12-02: Mortgage Reporting Requirement under the STOCK Act

Section 13 of the STOCK Act requires certain Presidential Appointees with Senate Confirmation to include on their OGE Form 278 mortgages secured by their personal residences.

January 28, 2010

DO-10-002: Federal Travel Benefits and 18 U.S.C. § 208

This memorandum highlights 5 C.F.R. § 2640.203(d), which authorizes an employee to participate in official travel matters, with certain limits, notwithstanding the financial interest that may arise from an agency's provision of travel benefits and cost reimbursement to the employee.

December 16, 2008

DO-08-040: Conducting a Second Review of Financial Disclosure Reports for Current Employees Filling Newly-Vacant Positions

When a current employee assumes new responsibilities, even on a temporary basis, ethics officials need to reexamine the employee's financial disclosure report to determine whether potential conflicts of interest may exist with the employee's new duties.

August 6, 2008

DO-08-024: Discretionary Trusts

OGE provides guidance concerning the treatment of income beneficiaries of discretionary trusts, for purposes of the disqualification requirements of 18 U.S.C. § 208 as well as the financial disclosure requirements of section 102(f)(1) of the Ethics in Government Act, 5 U.S.C. app. [modified by Legal Advisory LA-13-04]

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