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 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.

December 20, 2012

LA-12-10: Presidential Inaugural Events

In this legal advisory, OGE summarizes the ethical requirements relevant to a Federal employee during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration celebration, particularly those requirements regarding gifts.

April 6, 2012

LA-12-01: Post-Employment Negotiation and Recusal Requirements under the STOCK Act

This Legal Advisory explains STOCK Act provisions requiring certain employees to: (1) Notify their DAEOs of any negotiation or agreement for future employment or compensation within three business days after commencement of the negotiation or agreement; and (2) Recuse whenever there is a conflict of interest or appearance issue with the entity. [Updated notification/recusal format is available in the attachment to LA-13-06.]

September 7, 2011

LA-11-06: Nonpartisan Political Activity

OGE analyzes whether, under 5 C.F.R. § 2635.802, an agency may issue an across-the-board policy that an employee may not run for or hold nonpartisan elective office because election to that office may have the potential to create the appearance of misuse of the employee's federal position. OGE also provides guidance on related ethics issues.

August 17, 2011

LA-11-05: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued final rule amendments that in pertinent part revise the executive branch financial disclosure regulation at 5 C.F.R. §§ 2634.304 and 2634.907(g).

April 22, 2010

DO-10-005: Guidance on Waivers under 18 U.S.C. § 208(b), Authorizations under Agency Supplemental Regulations

Waivers under 18 U.S.C. § 208(b) and agency supplemental regulations and authorizations under 5 C.F.R. § 2635.502(d) must be issued prospectively in order to be valid.

March 19, 2010

10x1: Uncompensated Teaching, Writing, and Speaking

OGE clarifies its views on the application of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.702 and 5 C.F.R. § 2635.807 pertaining to uncompensated teaching, writing, and speaking.

February 18, 2010

DO-10-003: Attendance by Staff Accompanying Official Speakers

Attendance by particular personnel whose presence is truly essential to the performance of the Executive Branch speaker's official duties at a specific event does not violate either OGE’s long-standing gift rules or the Executive Order 13490 lobbyist gift ban.

December 10, 2009

DO-09-032: A Reminder about Holiday Gifts and Fundraising

OGE updates a poem that reminds executive branch employees, in an entertaining way, about the ethics rules on solicitation and acceptance of gifts.

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