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.

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).

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.

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.

January 30, 2008

08x1: Response to Motion Picture Association of America Request for Clarification of Exceptions to the Gift Rules under the Standards of Conduct

The Motion Picture Association of America receives a response related to the Widely Attended Gathering exception to the gift rules and a clarification of "prohibited source" at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(h) of the Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.

December 5, 2007

07x14: Widely Attended Gatherings

This comprehensive memorandum provides guidance on what types of events are covered by the widely attended gathering exception to the gift prohibitions in the Standards of Conduct.

December 5, 2007

DO-07-047: Widely Attended Gatherings

This comprehensive memorandum provides guidance on what types of events are covered by the widely attended gathering exception to the gift prohibitions in the Standards of Conduct.

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