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United States Office of Government Ethics, Preventing Conflicts of Interest in the Executive Branch

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. On occasion, OGE will add notes to past guidance documents when that guidance is updated or superseded by law, regulation, or subsequent OGE guidance.

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LA-12-10: Presidential Inaugural Eventspdf
In this legal advisory, OGE summarizes the ethical requirements relevant to a Federal employee during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration celebration, particularly those requirements regarding gifts. [The guidance in this advisory was modified in 2017 by legal advisories LA-17-02 and LA-17-03.]


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


LA-12-08: A Reminder about Holiday Gifts and Fundraisingpdf
OGE updates a poem that reminds executive branch employees, in an entertaining way, about the ethics rules on solicitation and acceptance of gifts.


LA-12-07: Continuing Waiver Validity for Transferred Employeespdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies that an individual waiver issued pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(1) to an employee who has transferred from one agency to another will remain effective until the receiving agency makes a determination to either cancel the waiver or issue a new waiver.


LA-12-06: 2011 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
2011 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey


LA-12-05: Speaking and Similar Engagements Involving the Presentation of Information on Behalf of the Agencypdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies when an employee’s participation in an event will constitute “otherwise presenting information on behalf of the agency” for purposes of the “speaking and similar engagements” gift exception at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(g)(1).


LA-12-04: Public Financial Disclosure—Periodic Transaction Reportspdf
This Legal Advisory explains the STOCK Act provision that requires certain employees to file periodic public reports of their transactions. The Legal Advisory also includes a copy of the new form that employees should use to file their periodic transaction reports (OGE Form 278-T). [The guidance in this advisory regarding periodic reporting of spouse and dependent children transactions was updated in 2013 by Legal Advisory LA-13-01.]


LA-12-03: Annual Update of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) Component Designationspdf
OGE asks each agency to forward to OGE its annual letter stating whether its components that are currently designated should remain designated for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c). Any request to modify the existing list of components should be submitted in accordance with regulatory procedures.


LA-12-02: Mortgage Reporting Requirement under the STOCK Actpdf
Section 13 of the STOCK Act requires certain Presidential Appointees with Senate Confirmation to include on their OGE Form 278 mortgages secured by their personal residences.


LA-12-01: Post-Employment Negotiation and Recusal Requirements under the STOCK Actpdf
This Legal Advisory explains STOCK Act provisions requiring certain employees to: (1) Notify their DAEOs of any negotiation or agreement for future employment or compensation within three business days after commencement of the negotiation or agreement; and (2) Recuse whenever there is a conflict of interest or appearance issue with the entity. [The notification/recusal format was updated in 2013 in the attachment to Legal Advisory LA-13-06.]