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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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.


January 3, 2014

LA-14-01 Pay Adjustments to Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2014

This Legal Advisory discusses changes to the statutory pay-level thresholds for certain purposes under the Ethics in Government Act and 18 U.S.C. § 207(c).  The Legal Advisory also provides the relevant threshold amounts.

December 9, 2013

LA-13-12: 2012 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

2012 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

Topics: Enforcement
September 30, 2013

LA-13-11: Ethics Laws and Regulations Continue to Apply to Federal Government Employees during Furlough Periods

This Legal Advisory reminds employees that the ethics laws and regulations will continue to apply during a possible government shutdown.

August 19, 2013

LA-13-10: Effect of the Supreme Court's Decision in United States v. Windsor on the Executive Branch Ethics Program

This Legal Advisory provides guidance on the effect of United States v. Windsor on the federal ethics provisions that use the terms “spouse,” “marriage,” and “relative.”

June 28, 2013

LA-13-09: Periodic Transaction Reporting—Lapse of Penalty Waiver

This Legal Advisory reminds ethics officials that OGE’s blanket waiver of the $200 late fee for periodic transaction reports is no longer effective July 3, 2013.

June 10, 2013

LA-13-08: 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 15, 2013

LA-13-07: Summary of the Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Act that Affect the Executive Branch Ethics Program

This Legal Advisory summarizes the provisions of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, that affect the Executive Branch Ethics Program.

April 25, 2013

LA-13-06: Notification of Negotiations for Post-Government Compensation under Section 17 of the STOCK Act

This Legal Advisory clarifies that employees must comply with the notification requirements under section 17 of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) when they negotiate for, or have an agreement of, post-government, non-federal compensation for services to be rendered entirely after termination of federal employment.

April 9, 2013

LA-13-04: Reporting Requirements for Discretionary Trusts

This memorandum clarifies guidance concerning the application of the financial disclosure reporting requirements to discretionary trusts, as the term “discretionary trust” is defined in OGE’s only issuance on such trusts, DAEOgram DO-08-024 (2008).

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