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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November 6, 2008

DO-08-037: Recent Legislative Activity Affecting the Executive Branch Program

Recent legislation affecting the executive branch ethics program includes a loan repayment assistance plan, legislation on conflicts of interest for certain contractor employees, and a revision to the base pay of certain senior officials.

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.

December 21, 2005

05x8: Employees' Participation in Paid Surveys

18 U.S.C. § 209 does not bar most employees from being paid for participating during non-duty hours in a survey related to insurance offered to federal employees.  However, employees must comply with their agency supplemental regulation regarding outside activities because being paid for the survey participation is considered part-time employment.

June 24, 2004

04x6: Ethics Laws and Regulations Apply to Government Employees During Furlough Periods

Because they continue to meet the definition of “employee” in 5 C.F.R. § 2635.102(h), furloughed employees must comply with OGE and agency-specific rules pertaining to outside employment and activities (18 U.S.C. § 203 & 205), and refrain from representing others before the Federal government or supplementing their salary (18 U.S.C. § 207).

August 4, 2003

03x5: Appointment to Advisory Committee as “Representative” versus SGE

A special Government employee (SGE) serving on an advisory committee is subject to many of the Federal ethics laws and regulations, but a “representative” member of a committee is not.  Some provisions apply differently to SGEs than to “regular” employees or do not apply at all.

July 1, 2002

02x4: 18 U.S.C. § 209 Guidance

OGE issues a comprehensive summary of 18 U.S.C. § 209, which prohibits the supplementation of a Government employee’s salary by outside sources.

July 1, 2002

Attachment to DO-02-016: Summary of the Restriction on Supplementation of Salary, 18 U.S.C. § 209

This attachment, DO-02-016A, is a summary of 18 U.S.C. § 209, the restriction on supplementation of salary.

July 1, 2002

DO-02-016: 18 U.S.C. § 209 Guidance

OGE issues a comprehensive summary of 18 U.S.C. § 209, which prohibits the supplementation of a Government employee’s salary by outside sources.

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