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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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.

February 19, 1998

98x3: Purchase of Government Property; Conflicts of Financial Interest

Guidelines to help an ADAEO determine whether a government employee may purchase a training script from his agency, and how he may use that script outside of his government responsibilities.

November 3, 1994

94x18: Discussion of 'Use of Nonpublic Information' and 'Teaching, Speaking and Writing' Sections in the Standards of Ethical Conduct

OGE explains example 5 in the "Use of nonpbulic information" section of the Standards of Ethical Conduct, at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.703. Additionally, OGE generally discusses the "teaching, speaking and writing" section of the Standards, at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.807.

February 24, 1993

93x4: Applicability of 18 U.S.C. § 207(b); Post-Employment Activities

The OGE determined that the reports would not likely run afoul of 18 U.S.C. § 207(b), but that the former federal employee should be careful not to disclose unreleased information he obtained while working for the government.

January 30, 1992

92x2: Limitations on Federal Employee's Proposed Publication

OGE discusses what rules an agency attorney might violate in publishing a booklet. Questions arise as to whether the provided information discloses non-public information and the possible effect on official duties. (Cites former 5 C.F.R. Part 735)

January 24, 1990

90x1: Ethical Concerns with Federal Employees Serving as Symposium Speakers

A Federal employee is free to participate in nonprofit organization programs as an uncompensated speaker, instructor or panelist in his personal capacity, whether or not the organization is charging a fee for attendance. Employees may not use or permit the use of their official title, position, or authority to further interests.

January 7, 1985

85x2: Agency Standards of Conduct Addressing Outside Employment and Misuse of Information

OGE advised that agency versions of 5 C.F.R. §§ 735.203 and 735.206 applied to two agents contracting with a magazine, giving the magazine exclusive production rights to the story of their investigation into racketeering. OGE stated that the agency could consider adverse action if the agents violated the standards of conduct.

December 20, 1982

82x20: Outside Employment for a Consulting Firm and 18 U.S.C. §§ 203 and 205

18 U.S.C. §§ 203 and 205 does not prohibit a government employee from working for a consulting firm on a contract with another agency if the employee did not represent the firm before the agency and payment for his services was not contingent on the firm’s contract.

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