Several ethics provisions concern conflicting financial interests and the requirement that employees act impartially. In particular, a criminal conflict of interest statute, 18 U.S.C. § 208, requires an employee to be disqualified (“recused”) from a “particular matter” if it would have a direct and predictable effect on the employee’s own financial interests or on certain financial interests that are treated as the employee’s own, such as those of the employee’s spouse or a prospective employer.
There are a number of ways to deal with a financial conflict of interest under 18 U.S.C. § 208:
The information on this page is not a substitute for individual advice. Agency ethics officials should be consulted about specific situations.