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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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.

May 27, 2004

04x4: Awards and Outside Consulting Activities

OGE addressed whether and under what circumstances the head of an agency component may accept an award from a source doing business anywhere in the agency. OGE also discussed lecture awards and when an outside consulting arrangement is consistent with ethical requirements in 5 C.F.R. § 2635.702.

May 27, 2004

Attachment to DO-04-011: Statement on Consulting Arrangements and Outside Awards

The attachment, DO-04-011A, is the statement of the Acting Director before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  It contains a discussion of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) awards rule, 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(d), as well as a discussion of various rules governing outside consulting activities.

May 27, 2004

DO-04-011: Awards and Outside Consulting Activities

OGE addressed whether and under what circumstances the head of an agency component may accept an award from a source doing business anywhere in the agency. OGE also discussed lecture awards and when an outside consulting arrangement is consistent with ethical requirements in 5 C.F.R. § 2635.702.

March 5, 1997

97x2: Disqualification during Subordinate's Job Search

OGE comments on whether 5 C.F.R. § 2635.502 should preclude a Board member at an agency from participating in a meeting, about a rulemaking, if the Board member's subordinate is discussing employment with a trade association for the industry affected by that rulemaking.

February 22, 1991

91x9: Acceptance of Food and Drink From a Prohibited Source

A private sector attorney who represented clients before a Government agency was a prohibited source.  In the absence of an exception, employees of the agency should not accept food or drink at these parties.  [cites former 5 C.F.R. part 735]

October 4, 1990

90x16: Agreements Allowing the Use of Agency Employee Photographs and Signatures

It would be inappropriate for current government employees to reach an agreement allowing the use of their photographs and/or signatures on trading cards that a private company proposes to sell on a non-profit basis to emphasize the importance of an agency mission and the benefits associated with the agency’s programs. (cites former 5 C.F.R. part 735)

October 27, 1988

88x16: Employee's Service on an Advisory Committee to a Private Entity

OGE analyzes whether an employee should serve on an advisory committee of a private entity that receives grants from the employee's agency.

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