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

All Advisories for 2019

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(Program) PA-19-13: Reminder of Deadlines and Procedures for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports Required to be Transmitted to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE)pdf
This Program Advisory reminds agencies of annual public financial disclosure deadlines, explains reasons why OGE may decline to certify a report, and provides additional information on year-end status letters.


(Program) PA-19-12: Agency Practices Data Call: Advice and Counselpdf
This Program Advisory announces a data call for agency practices related to providing ethics advice and counsel and attaches an advance copy of the questions that will be asked. The information requested must be submitted to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) by December 6, 2019.


(Program) PA-19-11: 2019 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnairepdf
This Program Advisory provides executive branch agencies with an advance copy of the 2019 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire to allow agencies time to coordinate between the ethics officials, human capital officers, and Inspectors General in order to prepare complete and accurate responses.


(Program) PA-19-10: Revised Format for Requesting a Certificate of Divestiturepdf
OGE has revised the suggested format for agencies to use when requesting Certificates of Divestiture. These revisions incorporate the changes in 5 C.F.R. part 2634, subpart J, which became effective on January 1, 2019. Use of the format remains optional.


(Legal) LA-19-06: Treatment of Information Technology and Internet Funds for Purposes of the Regulatory Exemptions to 18 U.S.C. § 208pdf
This Legal Advisory discusses how mutual funds invested in the information technology and internet fields are treated for purposes of certain regulatory exemptions to 18 U.S.C. § 208. The Legal Advisory revises the guidance contained in OGE Informal Advisory Opinion 00x8 and OGE DAEOgram DO-00-030.


(Legal) LA-19-05: 2018 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, 2018 through December 31, 2018.


(Program) PA-19-09: Reminder - Modifications to Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed Officials’ Ethics Agreements Require Prior Approval from the U.S. Office of Government Ethicspdf
This Program Advisory reminds ethics officials that modifications to Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed officials’ (PAS officials) ethics agreements require prior approval from OGE and outlines the steps OGE will take if a PAS official fails to comply timely with his or her ethics agreement.


(Program) PA-19-08: Annual Update of Post-Employment Component Designations (18 U.S.C. § 207(c)) due to OGE by July 1, 2019pdf
This Program Advisory 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-19-07: Templates for the Designation of DAEOs and ADAEOs; Procedures for Notifying OGE's Director of DAEO and ADAEO Designationspdf
This Program Advisory provides executive branch agency heads with templates to use when designating a federal employee to serve as the Designated or Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO/ADAEO) of their agency. These templates should be used going forward for all new designations.


(Program) PA-19-06: Deadlines and Procedures for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Employees (2019 Filing Cycle)pdf
This Program Advisory announces deadlines for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees and procedures for those reports agencies are required to transmit to OGE.


(Legal) LA-19-04: Legislation Introduced in the 115th Congress Relevant to the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
This Legal Advisory summarizes relevant legislative activity from the 115th Congress, during which members introduced more legislation that referenced ethics officials than any previous Congress and more legislation that referenced the Ethics in Government Act than any Congress since the 101st Congress.


(Legal) LA-19-03: Revised Compilation of Federal Ethics Laws Reflecting Legislation Enacted in the 115th Congresspdf
This Legal Advisory describes the changes in OGE’s updated Compilation of Federal Ethics Laws. The 115th Congress passed legislation affecting ethics and other government integrity statutes contained in the Compilation.


(Legal) LA-19-02: Effect of Retroactive Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2019pdf
This Legal Advisory identifies the 2019 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.


(Program) PA-19-05: Ethics Education: Using the Regulation to Maximize Effectivenesspdf
This Program Advisory advises Designated Agency Ethics Officials of ways that they can use the ethics education regulations to maximize the effectiveness of their ethics education programs.


(Program) PA-19-04: Data Call: Agency Ethics Program Contact Informationpdf
This Program Advisory is a call for data to revise and expand the resource currently named the DAEO List, which is published on the website of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE).


(Program) PA-19-03: Amended Deadlines for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Employees (2018 Filing Cycle)pdf
This Program Advisory announces deadlines for the certification by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics of public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees for those reports agencies are required to transmit to OGE. The deadlines are being extended because of the partial government shutdown.


(Program) PA-19-02: Presidential Candidate Financial Disclosurepdf
This Program Advisory reminds Presidential candidates about the filing deadline for public financial disclosure reports and the certification process. It also explains how to request a copy of a candidate financial disclosure report.


(Legal) LA-19-01: Ethics Guidance for Employees in Non-Pay Status During a Lapse in Appropriationspdf
This Legal Advisory provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist employees and ethics officials in navigating the common situations employees in non-pay status may face during a lapse. This guidance is specifically focused on gifts, crowdsourcing, and outside employment.


(Program) PA-19-01: Extension of 2019 Annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Deadline for Certain Agenciespdf
This Program Advisory extends the 2019 annual deadline for confidential financial disclosure reports due from filers at agencies affected by the partial government shutdown to March 15, 2019.