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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April 25, 2013

LA-13-06: Notification of Negotiations for Post-Government Compensation under Section 17 of the STOCK Act

This Legal Advisory clarifies that employees must comply with the notification requirements under section 17 of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) when they negotiate for, or have an agreement of, post-government, non-federal compensation for services to be rendered entirely after termination of federal employment.

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-12-01: Post-Employment Negotiation and Recusal Requirements under the STOCK Act

This Legal Advisory explains STOCK Act provisions requiring certain employees to: (1) Notify their DAEOs of any negotiation or agreement for future employment or compensation within three business days after commencement of the negotiation or agreement; and (2) Recuse whenever there is a conflict of interest or appearance issue with the entity. [Updated notification/recusal format is available in the attachment to LA-13-06.]

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.

August 9, 2006

06x7: Ethics and Working with Contractors — Questions and Answers

Guidance on variety of ethics issues that commonly arise in procurement context, such as seeking employment, post-employment, financial conflicts of interest, outside employment, gifts and misuse of office.

August 9, 2006

Attachment to DO-06-023: Ethics and Working with Contractors — Questions and Answers

The attachment, DO-06-023A, provides answers to some frequently asked ethics questions about working with Government contractors.

August 9, 2006

DO-06-023: Ethics and Working with Contractors — Questions and Answers

Guidance on variety of ethics issues that commonly arise in procurement context, such as seeking employment, post-employment, financial conflicts of interest, outside employment, gifts and misuse of office.

September 20, 2004

DO-04-029: Seeking Employment

This memorandum summarizes the ethical requirements apply to employees before they leave Government and while they are still seeking future employment.

April 11, 2003

03x2: Meaning of 'Diversified' for Purposes of Exemption and Certificates of Divestiture

The term “diversified” is defined in 5 C.F.R. § 2640.102(a) for purposes of the exemption at 5 C.F.R. § 2640.201(a).  An open-end mutual fund is “diversified” for purposes of the certificate of divestiture regulation and qualifies as "permitted property" if it does not have an objective or practice of investing in particular or limited sectors.

April 25, 1999

DO-99-018: Recusal Obligation and Screening Arrangements

OGE discusses the obligation to recuse under 18 U.S.C. § 208 or 5 C.F.R. § 2635.502 and suggests screening arrangements and other procedures that may be used to help ensure that a commitment to recuse is carried out effectively.  OGE encloses a model recusal memorandum.

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