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). 

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 25, 2008

DO-08-010: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds (Financial Disclosure and Nonsponsor Widely Attended Gatherings Gift Exception)

OGE issues final rule amendments that revise the financial disclosure regulations to reflect the statutory increase of the thresholds for reporting of gifts, reimbursements and travel expenses. OGE also increases the widely attended gathering gift exception ceiling for nonsponsor gifts of free attendance.

June 28, 2007

07x8: Executive Branch Employee Acceptance of Reimbursement of Travel Expenses and Training from an Outside Source

OGE provides general guidance on acceptance of reimbursement of travel expenses and training by executive branch employees provided by a non-profit speakers bureau.

March 9, 2007

07x6: Acceptance of Cash Award from Program Administered by Non-Federal Entity

OGE provides guidance on whether receipt of cash awards by Government employees under an awards program administered by a non-federal entity is permissible under the gift rules.

February 28, 2007

DO-07-007: Clarification of Scope of Exception and Exclusion to Public Financial Disclosure Reporting Requirements

Travel reimbursements that are required to be reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) because they are for a Federal campaign or election are not required to be reported on public and confidential financial disclosure reports.

November 7, 2006

DO-06-034: Amended Memorandum on Provisions Regarding Soliciting Gifts of Travel

This memorandum amends DO-06-008 to correct citation errors and to discuss only the issue of soliciting gifts of travel.

March 31, 2006

DO-06-008: Reminder on the Rules Regarding Gifts of Travel

Note: DAEOgram DO-06-034 has been issued as an amended memorandum to DO-06-008. OGE addresses questions that have been raised about the propriety of executive branch employees soliciting free air travel.

March 17, 2005

DO-05-007: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds for Financial Disclosure Reports

OGE issues final rule amendments (March 2005) that revise the financial disclosure regulations to reflect the statutory increase of the thresholds for reporting of gifts, reimbursements and travel expenses.

August 25, 2003

DO-03-015: Unmodified SF 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report

OGE updated the OGE/GOVT-1 system of records (covering SF 278 Public Financial Disclosure Reports and other name-retrieved ethics program records) to include three new routine uses of the SF 278 (August 2003). OGE also notified agencies of adjustments to the gifts/travel reimbursements reporting thresholds.

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