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

All Advisories for 2013

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(Legal) LA-13-12: 2012 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
2012 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey


(Legal) LA-13-11: Ethics Laws and Regulations Continue to Apply to Federal Government Employees during Furlough Periodspdf
This Legal Advisory reminds employees that the ethics laws and regulations will continue to apply during a possible government shutdown.


(Legal) LA-13-10: Effect of the Supreme Court's Decision in United States v. Windsor on the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
This Legal Advisory provides guidance on the effect of United States v. Windsor on the federal ethics provisions that use the terms “spouse,” “marriage,” and “relative.”


(Legal) LA-13-09: Periodic Transaction Reporting—Lapse of Penalty Waiverpdf
This Legal Advisory reminds ethics officials that OGE’s blanket waiver of the $200 late fee for periodic transaction reports is no longer effective July 3, 2013.


(Legal) LA-13-08: Annual Update of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) Component Designationspdf
In this Legal Advisory, 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.


(Program) PA-13-02: 2013 Due Dates for Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Officials Required to be Filed with OGEpdf
This Program Management Advisory reminds ethics officials of the deadlines associated with the 2013 filing cycle for annual public financial disclosure reports.


(Legal) LA-13-07: Summary of the Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Act that Affect the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
This Legal Advisory summarizes the provisions of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, that affect the Executive Branch Ethics Program.


(Education) EA-13-01: OGE Launches the Institute for Ethics in Government MAX Community
This Education Advisory notifies the executive branch ethics community of the launch of the Institute for Ethics in Government (IEG) on the website. The IEG is the new home for all of OGE’s education offerings, making learning opportunities available to all executive branch ethics officials.


(Legal) LA-13-06: Notification of Negotiations for Post-Government Compensation under Section 17 of the STOCK Actpdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies that employees must comply with the notification requirements under section 17 of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) when they negotiate for, or have an agreement of, post-government, non-federal compensation for services to be rendered entirely after termination of federal employment.


(Legal) LA-13-05: 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(2) Exemption for Official Participation in Nonprofit Organizationspdf
This Legal Advisory discusses the history and scope of the exemption for official participation in nonprofit organizations found at 5 C.F.R. § 2640.203(m). The Legal Advisory also highlights important considerations for agency officials who intend to assign employees to serve in an official capacity at a nonprofit organization.


(Legal) LA-13-04: Reporting Requirements for Discretionary Trustspdf
This memorandum clarifies guidance concerning the application of the financial disclosure reporting requirements to discretionary trusts, as the term “discretionary trust” is defined in OGE’s only issuance on such trusts, DAEOgram DO-08-024 (2008)


(Legal) LA-13-03: Legislative Activity of the 112th Congress Affecting the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
This Legal Advisory updates relevant legislative activity from the recently ended 112th Congress.


(Legal) LA-13-02: Reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periodspdf
This legal advisory is a reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periods.


(Legal) LA-13-01: Periodic Reporting of Spouse and Dependent Children Transactionspdf
This Legal Advisory explains that covered Executive Branch employees must file periodic reports of transactions involving separately owned assets of their spouses or dependent children. This Advisory amends the guidance provided in OGE LA-12-04.


(Program) PA-13-01: Ethics Pledge Assessmentpdf
OGE will be distributing the Ethics Pledge assessment to agencies on January 14, 2013. Agencies are requested to complete the assessment by February 4, 2013. This assessment is separate from the Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire.