Laws and Regulations

In addition to the conflict of interest statutes enacted by Congress, executive branch employees are subject to executive orders issued by the President and the ethics regulations issued by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Some agencies also issue supplemental ethics regulations that apply to their employees. From this section, you can access these executive orders, statutes, and regulations. The U.S. Office of Government Ethics also makes available in this section key judicial opinions and opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice that interpret the statutes and regulations.

Statutes

This section provides access to the criminal and civil statutes that are relevant to the executive branch ethics program, along with legal advisories, judicial opinions, and opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.

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Employee Standards of Conduct

The Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, codified in 5 C.F.R. part 2635, contains standards that govern the conduct of all executive branch employees in several areas: gifts from outside sources; gifts between employees; conflicting financial interests; impartiality in performing official duties; seeking other employment; misuse of official position; and outside activities.

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OGE Regulations

OGE publishes regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations concerning the internal organization and operation of OGE and the executive branch ethics program.

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Agency Supplemental Regulations

Some agencies have published regulations that supplement executive branch-wide regulations governing employee conduct and financial disclosure.

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Federal Register Issuances

OGE publishes its proposed rules, final rules, and other notices related to the ethics program and the operation of the agency in the Federal Register.

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Executive Orders

Several executive orders are of current or historical significance to the executive branch ethics program.

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Legal Interpretation

In this section the U.S. Office of Government Ethics provides links to judicial opinions, opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, and other guidance interpreting the conflict of interest laws.

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