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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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.”

April 9, 2013

LA-13-05: 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(2) Exemption for Official Participation in Nonprofit Organizations

This Legal Advisory discusses the history and scope of the exemption for official participation in nonprofit organizations found at 5 C.F.R. § 2640.203(m). The Legal Advisory also highlights important considerations for agency officials who intend to assign employees to serve in an official capacity at a nonprofit organization.

March 18, 2013

LA-13-02: Reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periods

This legal advisory is a reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periods.

December 6, 2012

LA-12-07: Continuing Waiver Validity for Transferred Employees

This Legal Advisory clarifies that an individual waiver issued pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(1) to an employee who has transferred from one agency to another will remain effective until the receiving agency makes a determination to either cancel the waiver or issue a new waiver.

January 28, 2010

DO-10-002: Federal Travel Benefits and 18 U.S.C. § 208

This memorandum highlights 5 C.F.R. § 2640.203(d), which authorizes an employee to participate in official travel matters, with certain limits, notwithstanding the financial interest that may arise from an agency's provision of travel benefits and cost reimbursement to the employee.

October 4, 2006

06x9: 'Particular Matter Involving Specific Parties,' 'Particular Matter,' and 'Matter'

OGE discusses the meaning of and the distinctions among the terms "particular matter involving specific parties," "particular matter," and "matter" as used in the criminal conflict of interest statutes and regulations.

October 4, 2006

DO-06-029: 'Particular Matter Involving Specific Parties,' 'Particular Matter,' and 'Matter'

OGE discusses the meaning of and the distinctions among the terms "particular matter involving specific parties," "particular matter," and "matter" as used in the criminal conflict of interest statutes and regulations.

August 23, 2006

06x8: Particular Matters for Purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 208

Preliminary, informal discussions about possible changes to industry-specific standards are particular matters for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 208.

February 10, 2005

05x1: 18 U.S.C. § 208 and Development of Policy Options

The proposed work of a Government panel addressing policy options for tax reform does not constitute a particular matter for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 208.

September 20, 2004

DO-04-029: Seeking Employment

This memorandum summarizes the ethical requirements apply to employees before they leave Government and while they are still seeking future employment.

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