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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May 5, 2015

LA-15-05: Determining the “Market Value” of Events When No Fee is Charged to Attend

This Legal Advisory clarifies how to determine the “market value” of a gift of free attendance to an event when no fee is charged to any attendee.

April 30, 2015

LA-15-04: Treatment of Gift Cards under the $20 De Minimis Gift Exception

This Legal Advisory explains the types of prepaid gift cards that are considered to be cash equivalents, and are therefore categorically prohibited under the de minimis gift exception, and the types that are not treated as cash equivalents.

April 6, 2015

LA-15-02: Free Attendance at Speaking Engagements and Widely Attended Gatherings; Waiver of Separate Fee for a Meal or Reception

This Legal Advisory discusses the definition of "free attendance" as used in the Widely Attended Gathering gift exception. The Legal Advisory confirms that free attendance does not include the waiver of an additional fee charged to attend a meal or reception that is collateral to the original event.

May 23, 2014

LA-14-03: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued final rule amendments that revise the executive branch financial disclosure regulation at 5 C.F.R. §§ 2634.304 and 2634.907(g) and the widely attended gathering (WAG) gift exception ceiling for nonsponsor gifts of free attendance at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(g)(2). 

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.

December 7, 2012

LA-12-08: 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.

September 7, 2012

LA-12-05: Speaking and Similar Engagements Involving the Presentation of Information on Behalf of the Agency

This Legal Advisory clarifies when an employee’s participation in an event will constitute “otherwise presenting information on behalf of the agency” for purposes of the “speaking and similar engagements” gift exception at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(g)(1).

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).

March 8, 2011

LA-11-02: Legislative Activity of the 111th Congress Affecting the Executive Branch Ethics Program

This Legal Advisory updates relevant legislative activity from the recently ended 111th Congress, including the re-codification of the Procurement Integrity Act, changes to the ethics laws for the intelligence community, and a trend toward imposing new post-employment restrictions on certain Executive Branch employees.

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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