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 9, 2015

LA-15-03: The Standards of Conduct as Applied to Personal Social Media Use

This Legal Advisory discusses how the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Executive Branch Employees apply to employees' personal social media activities. The Legal Advisory focuses on common issues such as when an employee can reference his or her title on a personal social media account, and what rules apply to personal fundraising on social media.

June 14, 2006

06x6: Supervisor's Use of Subordinate to Complete Financial Disclosure Report

OGE believes a Government employee should be allowed to use reasonable periods of official time to complete a financial disclosure report because completion of the report is a requirement of the Government position. For the same reason, assigning a subordinate to complete the report is not an improper use of Government position or resources.

October 4, 2000

00x11: Employees Assisting Taxpayers and 18 U.S.C. § 205

OGE determined that, although an employee would violate 18 U.S.C. § 205 if he represented taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, 18 U.S.C. § 205 does not prohibit an employee from assisting another in preparing their income tax returns.

March 21, 1997

97x3: Use of Official Time and Government Equipment for Unofficial Purposes

Whether military Reservists and National Guard members may use official time and Government equipment at their civilian Federal positions depends upon whether the agency has authorized such use.

September 17, 1996

96x18: Golf Tournaments Held Simultaneously with a Conference

OGE addresses the ethics issues raised by the participation of executive branch employees in a golf tournament that was held simultaneously with an annual conference of Federal Government employees.

March 19, 1996

96x6: Position with Private Partisan Organization

The ethics laws and regulations do not preclude an employee from serving in a leadership position with a private partisan organization provided the employee does not take actions while serving that violate an ethics provision, such as 18 U.S.C. § 205.

July 10, 1995

95x8: Proposed Agreement between Government Agency and Former Employee's Nonprofit Organization

Multiple ethics and non-ethics issue arise when a former Government employee proposes to have a nonprofit organization which he founded enter into an agreement with his former agency to coordinate the agency's anniversary celebration.

March 10, 1993

93x6: Prohibition Against Using Government Resources to Facilitate Meeting of Private Organization

The Standards of Conduct (5 C.F.R. part 2635) prohibits executive branch employees from personally using public office for private gain, and may not use federal property for other than authorized activities. Decisions as to exceptions to this rule are within the Department's discretion.

September 30, 1992

92x23: Solicitation and Acceptance of Funds from Prohibited Sources

The Standards of Conduct prohibit a Federal employee from soliciting funds or services from representatives of companies doing business with the Federal Government and using those funds for purposes of the private organization.

January 24, 1990

90x1: Ethical Concerns with Federal Employees Serving as Symposium Speakers

A Federal employee is free to participate in nonprofit organization programs as an uncompensated speaker, instructor or panelist in his personal capacity, whether or not the organization is charging a fee for attendance. Employees may not use or permit the use of their official title, position, or authority to further interests.

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