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 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.

February 11, 2009

DO-09-007: Lobbyist Gift Ban Guidance

OGE provides guidance on the implementation and interpretation of the lobbyist gift ban in paragraph 1 of the Ethics Pledge in Executive Order 13490.

January 22, 2009

DO-09-003: Executive Order 13490, Ethics Pledge

OGE provides an overview of President Obama's Executive Order 13490, "Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel."

January 15, 2009

DO-09-001: Presidential Inaugural Events

OGE reminds agencies of the ethical requirements pertaining to offers of free attendance from various sources to Federal employees to attend Inauguration-related events, including the Inaugural Parade, Inaugural Balls, receptions, dinners and fundraisers.

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