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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November 19, 2014

LA-14-08: Reference to Official Title and Position by Employees Affiliated with Private Organizations in Their Personal Capacity

This Legal Advisory provides guidance to agencies on factors to consider in determining whether references to an employee's title or position made by a private organization with which the employee is affiliated would create an impermissible appearance of government sanction or endorsement.

August 1, 2007

07x11: Misuse of Federal Position to Help Another Person Get a Job

This memorandum outlines several factors that an executive branch employee should consider in deciding when it is appropriate to assist an associate, either another Government employee or a private party, in efforts to obtain private sector employment.

August 1, 2007

DO-07-023: Misuse of Federal Position to Help Another Person Get a Job

This memorandum outlines several factors that an executive branch employee should consider in deciding when it is appropriate to assist an associate, either another Government employee or a private party, in efforts to obtain private sector employment.

December 12, 2006

06x11: Benefits Secured by Government Contract and Gift Prohibition

If an employing agency determines that a private corporation's Employee Purchase Program is a benefit secured by a Government contract, the benefit is provided to the employee by the Government. Accepting the benefit does not the gift prohibition. The employing agency must determine whether the benefit is secured by a Government contract.

August 9, 2006

06x7: Ethics and Working with Contractors — Questions and Answers

Guidance on variety of ethics issues that commonly arise in procurement context, such as seeking employment, post-employment, financial conflicts of interest, outside employment, gifts and misuse of office.

August 9, 2006

Attachment to DO-06-023: Ethics and Working with Contractors — Questions and Answers

The attachment, DO-06-023A, provides answers to some frequently asked ethics questions about working with Government contractors.

August 9, 2006

DO-06-023: Ethics and Working with Contractors — Questions and Answers

Guidance on variety of ethics issues that commonly arise in procurement context, such as seeking employment, post-employment, financial conflicts of interest, outside employment, gifts and misuse of office.

October 30, 2002

02x9: Use of Title on Personal Stationery or in Personal Activity

Use of the title "Administrative Law Judge," or "U.S. Administrative Law Judge," are references to an ALJ's official position and could be a violation of the Standards of Conduct when used on personal letterhead.  In contrast, the use of "Judge," or "The Honorable" are commonly used honorifics that can be used on personal letterhead.

December 1, 1995

95x13: Agency Holiday Parties

This memorandum discusses whether there was a violation of 5 C.F.R. part 2635 when an agency employee distributed a flyer inviting employees to an agency Halloween party.

July 10, 1995

95x8: Proposed Agreement between Government Agency and Former Employee's Nonprofit Organization

Multiple ethics and non-ethics issue arise when a former Government employee proposes to have a nonprofit organization which he founded enter into an agreement with his former agency to coordinate the agency's anniversary celebration.

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