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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April 9, 2015

LA-15-03: The Standards of Conduct as Applied to Personal Social Media Use

This Legal Advisory discusses how the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Executive Branch Employees apply to employees' personal social media activities. The Legal Advisory focuses on common issues such as when an employee can reference his or her title on a personal social media account, and what rules apply to personal fundraising on social media.

March 19, 2010

10x1: Uncompensated Teaching, Writing, and Speaking

OGE clarifies its views on the application of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.702 and 5 C.F.R. § 2635.807 pertaining to uncompensated teaching, writing, and speaking.

March 26, 2008

08x5: Application of Multiple Presentations Exception to Courses Offered by Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities (NAFIs)

An employee may accept compensation for teaching a course offered by a NAFI because the term "sponsored and funded by the Federal Government" in this exception encompasses courses of instruction offered and funded by NAFIs.

March 26, 2008

DO-08-012: Application of Multiple Presentations Exception to Courses Offered by Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities (NAFIs)

An employee may accept compensation for teaching a course offered by a NAFI because the term "sponsored and funded by the Federal Government" in this exception encompasses courses of instruction offered and funded by NAFIs.

March 6, 2008

08x3: Book Deals Involving Government Employees

OGE provides a comprehensive discussion of the laws pertaining to book deals involving Government employees. The rules for regular and special Government employees are covered in one document, and the rules for noncareer employees and Presidential appointees are addressed in a second document.

March 6, 2008

08x3a: Book Deals Involving Regular Employees and Special Government Employees

In this attachment, 08x3a, OGE provides a template for analyzing whether regular employees and special Government employees (SGEs) may accept compensation for writing a book during Government service.

March 6, 2008

08x3b: Book Deals Involving Covered Noncareer Employees and Presidential Appointees to Full-Time Noncareer Positions

In this attachment, 08x3b, OGE provides a template for analyzing whether covered noncareer employees and Presidential appointees to full-time noncareer positions may accept compensation for writing a book during Government service.

March 6, 2008

Attachment A to DO-08-006: Book Deals Involving Regular Employees and Special Government Employees

In this attachment, DO-08-006a, OGE provides a template for analyzing whether regular employees and special Government employees (SGEs) may accept compensation for writing a book during Government service.

March 6, 2008

Attachment B to DO-08-006: Book Deals Involving Covered Noncareer Employees and Presidential Appointees to Full-Time Noncareer Positions

In this attachment, DO-08-006b, OGE provides a template for analyzing whether covered noncareer employees and Presidential appointees to full-time noncareer positions may accept compensation for writing a book during Government service.

March 6, 2008

DO-08-006: Book Deals Involving Government Employees

OGE provides a comprehensive discussion of the laws pertaining to book deals involving Government employees. The rules for regular and special Government employees are covered in one document, and the rules for noncareer employees and Presidential appointees are addressed in a second document.

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