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: OGE Issues Legal Advisory on the Standards of Conduct and Social Media

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.

April 6, 2015

LA-15-02: Free Attendance at Speaking Engagements and Widely Attended Gatherings; Waiver of Separate Fee for a Meal or Reception

This Legal Advisory discusses the definition of "free attendance" as used in the Widely Attended Gathering gift exception. The Legal Advisory confirms that free attendance does not include the waiver of an additional fee charged to attend a meal or reception that is collateral to the original event.

January 6, 2015

LA-15-01: Effect of Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2015

This LA clarifies the 2015 thresholds for: (1) identifying which officers and employees must file public financial disclosure reports; (2) determining which senior employees are subject to the post-employment restrictions and (3) implementing the outside employment and outside earned income restrictions for certain covered noncareer employees.

November 19, 2014

LA-14-08: Reference to Official Title and Position by Employees Affiliated with Private Organizations in Their Personal Capacity

This Legal Advisory provides guidance to agencies on factors to consider in determining whether references to an employee's title or position made by a private organization with which the employee is affiliated would create an impermissible appearance of government sanction or endorsement.

November 7, 2014

LA-14-07: 2013 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

2013 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

Topics: Enforcement
November 4, 2014

LA-14-06: Flexibility in Ensuring and Documenting Compliance with Ethics Agreements

This legal advisory explains and expands the options available to ethics officials for ensuring and documenting compliance with PAS officials' ethics agreements. It also clarifies the discretion ethics officials have in determining when screening arrangements are necessary to implement recusal commitments, and what form such arrangements can take.

September 30, 2014

LA-14-05: Financial Disclosure Requirements for Pooled Investment Funds

This Legal Advisory explains what Presidential Nominees, subject to Senate confirmation, must report on the OGE 278 when they own certain Pooled Investment Funds that do not qualify as excepted investment funds.

June 11, 2014

LA-14-04: Annual Update of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) Component Designations

In this Legal Advisory, OGE asks each agency to forward to OGE its annual letter stating whether its components that are currently designated should remain designated for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c). Any request to modify the existing list of components should be submitted in accordance with regulatory procedures.

May 23, 2014

LA-14-03: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued final rule amendments that revise the executive branch financial disclosure regulation at 5 C.F.R. §§ 2634.304 and 2634.907(g) and the widely attended gathering (WAG) gift exception ceiling for nonsponsor gifts of free attendance at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(g)(2). 

March 7, 2014

LA-14-02: Participation in Initial Public Offerings by Certain Employees

This Legal Advisory addresses specific statutory limits on when certain employees may purchase securities that are the subject of an Initial Public Offering.

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