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

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(Program) PA-16-11: Ethics Notices for Prospective New Employees and New Supervisors pdf
This program advisory discusses two new requirements involving notices that must be issued to prospective new employees and to new supervisors.


(Legal) LA-16-12: Publication of the Final Rule Revising Subpart B of the Standards of Conduct, Gifts from Outside Sourcespdf
This Legal Advisory discusses the recent amendments to the provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern gifts from outside sources, found at 5 C.F.R. 2635, Subpart B, and highlights the major substantive changes set forth in the final rule.


(Legal) LA-16-11: Presidential Inaugural Eventspdf
This Legal Advisory reminds agencies of the ethical requirements relevant to a Federal employee during the inauguration celebration, particularly those requirements regarding gifts.


(Legal) LA-16-10: Interpretive Guidance on the STOCK Actpdf
This Legal Advisory provides interpretive guidance on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act) as it applies to the President, the Vice President, and certain executive branch employees.


(Program) PA-16-10: STOCK Act Notification Requirement Reminderpdf
This Program Advisory encourages agency ethics officials to remind political appointees and other public financial disclosure report filers about the notification requirements under the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act). *attachment updated 12/23/2016 - fields now fillable on page 3, no content changes.


(Legal) LA-16-09: New Job Aid: Overview of Education Requirements under the Revised 5 C.F.R. Part 2638, Subpart Cpdf
This Legal Advisory announces a new job aid to help ethics officials familiarize themselves with the new government ethics education requirements under the revised 5 C.F.R. part 2638.


(Program) PA-16-09: Updated Procedures for Notifying the Office of Government Ethics of Conflict of Interest Referrals to the Department of Justicepdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is updating its procedures associated with referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) of possible violations of criminal conflict of interest laws. This Program Advisory describes the updated procedures, announces a revised OGE Form 202 (Notification of Conflict of Interest Referral), provides instructions for the office making the referral to DOJ, and provides instructions for the Designated Agency Ethics Official of the agency that employs the individual who is the subject of the referral.


(Program) PA-16-08: New Job Aid: Nominee Public Financial Disclosure Review Checklistspdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has posted on its website a new job aid to support Presidential nominees for positions requiring Senate confirmation (PAS nominees) in complying with applicable requirements for public financial disclosure. The aid, a collection of public financial disclosure review checklists, will also support agency ethics officials in reviewing PAS nominees’ financial disclosure reports.


(Program) PA-16-07: Release of New Education Productspdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) believes that ethics training is an important tool to help employees perform the government’s work with professionalism and integrity. To help agency ethics officials with this critical task, OGE is pleased to announce the release of a portfolio of education and training products agency ethics officials can use for initial ethics orientation and annual ethics training. These education products not only exceed the minimal regulatory requirements, but were specifically designed to be customized by agencies and tailored to their missions and to the work their employees perform.


(Legal) LA-16-08: Introduction to the Primary Post-Government Employment Restrictions Applicable to Former Executive Branch Employeespdf
This Legal Advisory provides a plain language discussion for agency ethics officials, departing employees, and former employees on the post-Government employment restrictions, particularly those found in certain provisions of the primary post-Government employment statute applicable to former employees of the executive branch, 18 U.S.C. § 207. [The guidance in this advisory was modified in 2017 by legal advisories LA-17-02 and LA-17-03.]


(Program) PA-16-06: Acceptance Date for Termination Filingspdf
This Program Advisory clarifies the circumstances under which an agency may accept a termination public financial disclosure report prior to the termination of the employment of a public filer in a position subject to public filing requirements.


(Program) PA-16-05: Release of OGE’s Confidential Financial Disclosure Guidepdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has released a new Confidential Financial Disclosure Guide, which provides comprehensive guidance on financial disclosure requirements for both new entrant and annual confidential reports in the executive branch.


(Legal) LA-16-07: Technical Modification of 5 C.F.R. part 2640pdf
This Legal Advisory describes a technical regulatory modification to the definition of "employee" found in 5 CFR part 2640.


(Legal) LA-16-06: Publication of the Final Rule Revising Subpart F of the Standards of Conduct, Seeking Other Employmentpdf
This Legal Advisory discusses the recent amendments to the provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern seeking other employment found at 5 C.F.R. 2635, Subpart F. In addition, this Legal Advisory highlights two principal changes set forth in the final rule, which OGE published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2016.


(Legal) LA-16-05: 2015 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
OGE has completed its annual survey of prosecutions involving the conflict of interest criminal statutes and other related statutes for the period January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.


(Legal) LA-16-04: Inflationary Adjustments to Ethics in Government Act Civil Monetary Penaltiespdf
This Legal Advisory announces increases in five civil monetary penalties related to the executive branch ethics program. OGE recently issued an interim final regulation establishing these inflationary adjustments, pursuant to a recent legislative enactment.


(Legal) LA-16-03: Supreme Court Decision in McDonnell v. United Statespdf
This Legal Advisory responds to the Supreme Court’s recent holding in McDonnell v. United States. The Legal Advisory emphasizes that the Supreme Court’s ruling does not affect the scope of the gift prohibitions found at 5 U.S.C. § 7353 and 5 C.F.R. § 2635.202(a), or any OGE interpretation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 202-209.


(Program) PA-16-04: Release of OGE’s Certificate of Divestiture Reference Guidepdf
This program advisory contains OGE’s Certificate of Divestiture Reference Guide for employees. The Reference Guide summarizes key elements of the Certificate of Divestiture Program.


(Legal) LA-16-02: 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-16-03: Deadline for Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Candidates for President and Vice Presidentpdf
OGE announces the deadline for Public Financial Disclosure Reports of candidates for President and Vice President.


(Program) PA-16-02: Release of OGE’s Public Financial Disclosure Guidepdf
This program advisory announces the release of the new web-based Public Financial Disclosure Guide for filers and reviewers of the OGE Form 278e and the OGE Form 278-T.


(Program) PA-16-01: Deadlines and Procedures for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Employees (2016 Filing Cycle)pdf
This program advisory announces deadlines for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees and procedures for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees whose reports agencies are required to transmit to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE).


(Legal) LA-16-01: Effect of Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2016pdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies the 2016 thresholds for: (1) determining which senior employees are subject to the post-employment restrictions; (2) implementing the outside employment and outside earned income restrictions for certain covered noncareer employees; and (3) identifying which officers and employees must file public financial disclosure reports.