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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December 14, 2012

LA-12-09: Scope of the Exception for Representation of a Parent or Child before the Government under 18 U.S.C. § 205(e)

This Legal Advisory clarifies that the exception at 18 U.S.C. § 205(e) for representation of persons with whom an employee has a personal relationship before the Government in connection with most matters may permit representation of an employee's stepparent or stepchild when the relationship is one that invokes certain family responsibilities.

May 17, 2007

07x7: Immigration Support Letters and 18 U.S.C. § 205

Generally, a Federal employee who writes an immigration support letter and submits the letter to an arm of the Federal Government would not normally be "act[ing]as agent or attorney" for another within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. § 205.

May 17, 2007

DO-07-015: Immigration Support Letters and 18 U.S.C. § 205

Generally, a Federal employee who writes an immigration support letter and submits the letter to an arm of the Federal Government would not normally be "act[ing]as agent or attorney" for another within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. § 205.

December 22, 2006

06x13: Outside Activities Related to Official Duties

OGE provides general guidance on ethics provisions related to outside activities for a federal employee who owns a personal business in an area related to his official duties.

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.

September 9, 2004

04x12: Elements of 18 U.S.C. § 205(a)(2)

OGE offered guidance about 18 U.S.C. § 205(a)(2) to assist a DC Assistant General Counsel with the interpretation of 18 U.S.C. § 205(b)(2). 18 U.S.C. § 205(a)(2) requires that an employee’s activity be representational, before a specified entity, and in relation to a covered matter in which the U.S. is a party or has a direct and substantial interest.

November 20, 2003

03x7: 60-Day Thresholds for SGEs

A special Government employee (SGE) is always prohibited from representing others in connection with particular matters involving specific parties in which the SGE has participated personally and substantially.  The 60-day standard is a threshold for the stricter prohibition in relation to matters pending at the SGE’s agency.

August 4, 2003

03x5: Appointment to Advisory Committee as “Representative” versus SGE

A special Government employee (SGE) serving on an advisory committee is subject to many of the Federal ethics laws and regulations, but a “representative” member of a committee is not.  Some provisions apply differently to SGEs than to “regular” employees or do not apply at all.

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