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Most of the executive branch ethics laws and regulations apply equally to career employees and to political appointees, but some apply only to political appointees (or to a defined category of political appointees) or the laws or regulations apply differently to them. President Obama signed Executive Order 13490 on January 21, 2009. It requires full-time political appointees, appointed on or after January 20, 2009, to sign the Ethics Pledge set out in section 1 of the Executive Order. The Ethics Pledge requires that appointees comply with the additional restrictions set out in the Pledge.
In brief, Executive Order 13490: