An executive branch employee's Government work may benefit the employee personally, may affect the financial interests of the employee's family, or may involve individuals or organizations with which the employee has some past, present, or future connection away from the employee's Government job. Separately, an employee may receive a payment from a non-Federal source, such as a former employer, either before or after entering Government. The public may lose confidence in the integrity of Government if it perceives that an employee's Government work is influenced by personal interests or by payments from an outside source. Accordingly:
Individuals who join the executive branch may be required to take actions, either before becoming an employee or shortly thereafter, in order to comply with ethics laws and regulations concerning conflicting financial interests and impartiality.
Executive branch employees have a continuing obligation to take the actions necessary to comply with ethics laws and regulations concerning conflicting financial interests and impartiality.
In general, an executive branch employee is free to seek post-Government employment, but the employee may need to be disqualified from working on some Government matters while doing so.
There are a number of ways to deal with a conflict of interest arising under the criminal conflict of interest statute, 18 U.S.C. § 208.