Subpart C of 5 C.F.R. part 2635 governs gifts between executive branch employees.
Note: The rules and exceptions in Subpart B of 5 C.F.R. part 2635 govern gifts from outside sources.
Under Subpart C:
These rules do not prohibit an employee from giving a gift to another employee, or accepting a gift from another employee, as long as a personal friendship justifies the gift and the employees are not in the same supervisory “chain of command.” Even if a supervisory relationship exists, the official superior may choose to pay market value for the gift, or an exception may apply:
In addition, notwithstanding the limitations in Subpart C concerning solicitations and contributions, an employee may solicit or contribute – on a strictly voluntary basis – nominal amounts for a group gift to an official superior for:
(The Department of Defense has issued an agency supplemental regulation that includes additional limitations on gifts between employees.)
The information on this page is not a substitute for individual advice. Agency ethics officials should be consulted about specific situations.