LA-18-11: Reminder of Agency Ethics Officials’ Responsibility to Counsel Employees Regarding Gifts to Pay for Legal Expenses
September 12, 2018

This Legal Advisory reminds agency ethics officials of their responsibility to help ensure that an employee’s acceptance of a gift to provide for legal expenses is done in accordance with the limitations of the gift rules. Agency ethics officials should take special care when counseling employees on whether the gift is from a prohibited source as defined in 5 C.F.R. § 2635.203(d), due to the heightened appearance concerns unique to an employee’s acceptance of this type of gift.

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