Under the bribery law, at 18 U.S.C. § 201(b), an executive branch employee may not demand, seek, receive, accept or agree to accept anything of value “in return for being influenced in the performance of any official act.” The bribery law is often compared to two other criminal provisions:
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is not authorized to interpret the bribery law, but OGE has cited legal opinions or provided advisory or regulatory guidance concerning the relationship between the bribery law, the illegal gratuities statute, the supplementation of salary statute, and the administrative gifts provisions in the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Notably:
The information on this page is not a substitute for individual advice. Agency ethics officials should be consulted about specific situations.