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

All Advisories for 2017

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(Legal) LA-17-11: Recent Court Case Interpreting 18 U.S.C. §§ 203 and 205; Receipt of Attorney’s Feespdf
This Legal Advisory provides a copy of a court case involving the application of the Federal ethics laws to the acceptance of attorney's fees by an employee who is a client to litigation.


(Legal) LA-17-10: Clarification of Past Legal Defense Fund Guidance Provided in OGE Informal Advisory Opinion 93x21pdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies that the discussion in OGE Informal Advisory Opinion 93x21 concerning the acceptance of donations from anonymous sources does not, and has not, reflected OGE's views since shortly after the issuance of that opinion.


(Program) PA-17-05: Posting of Waivers Issued under Executive Order 13770 pdf
This program advisory notifies agencies of the requirement to provide OGE with copies of waivers issued under Executive Order 13770 as they are issued.


(Legal) LA-17-09: The Application of the Ethics Laws to Internspdf
This Legal Advisory describes the application of the Federal ethics laws to student interns. As described in the Legal Advisory, the Federal ethics laws will have different application to student interns based on what legal authority they are hired under and whether they qualify as Special Government Employees or as Regular Employees.


(Legal) LA-17-08: 2016 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, 2016 through December 31, 2016.


(Legal) LA-17-07: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Threshold for Financial Disclosure Reports and Nonsponsor Widely Attended Gatherings Gift Exception Ceilingpdf
This Legal Advisory discusses the recent amendments to the gifts and travel reimbursements reporting threshold at 5 C.F.R. §§ 2634.304 and 2634.907(g) and the widely attended gathering (WAG) gift exception ceiling for nonsponsor gifts of free attendance at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(g)(3).


(Legal) LA-17-06: 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-17-04: Reminder of Upcoming Deadline for Production of Waivers and Authorizationspdf
This program advisory reminds agencies of the upcoming deadline for producing waivers and authorizations.


(Legal) LA-17-05: Legislative Activity of the 114th Congress Affecting the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) monitors ethics-related provisions of interest to the executive branch ethics program. This Legal Advisory highlights legislative activity from the 114th Congress affecting the executive branch ethics program


(Program) PA-17-03: Certification of Ethics Agreement Compliance by Senate-Confirmed Presidential Appointeespdf
This program advisory is to simplify and make uniform the process for reporting and monitoring compliance with ethics agreements. The adoption of the attached Certification of Ethics Agreement Compliance will also increase transparency regarding the actions that the executive branch's most senior leaders are taking to resolve potential conflicts of interest.


(Program) PA-17-02: Data Call for Certain Waivers and Authorizationspdf
This program advisory is a data call for waivers and authorizations issued to certain appointees in the White House and other agencies from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017, under the following authorities: Executive Order 13770, Executive Order 13490, 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(1), 5 C.F.R. § 2635.502(d), and 5 C.F.R. § 2635.503(c).


(Legal) LA-17-04: Identifying a “Sponsor” under the Gift Rules for Purposes of the Free Attendance Exclusion and the Widely Attended Gatherings Exceptionpdf
This Legal Advisory assists agencies in identifying a “sponsor” of an event for purposes of the Free Attendance Exclusion and the Widely Attended Gatherings (WAG) Exception to the gift rules in the Standards of Ethical Conduct at 5 C.F.R. 2635.203(b)(8) and 5 C.F.R. 2635.204(g).


(Program) PA-17-01: Deadlines and Procedures for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Employees (2017 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. The deadlines and procedures apply to 2017 annual public financial disclosure reports that are due in May 2017 and cover calendar year 2016.


(Legal) LA-17-03: Guidance on Executive Order 13770pdf
This Legal Advisory identifies the parts of OGE’s past advisories on Executive Order 13490 that are applicable to Executive Order 13770 and provides additional guidance based on discussions with the Counsel to the President’s Office.


(Legal) LA-17-02: Executive Order 13770pdf
This Legal Advisory makes available for agency use a copy of Executive Order 13770 and the Ethics Pledge form. It also explains the extent to which OGE’s legal advisories applicable to Executive Order 13490 may be read as being applicable to Executive Order 13770.


(Legal) LA-17-01: Effect of Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2017pdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies the 2017 thresholds for: (1) determining which senior employees are subject to the post-employment restrictions; (2) identifying which officers and employees must file public financial disclosure reports; and (3) implementing the outside employment and outside earned income restrictions for certain covered noncareer employees.