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

All Advisories for 2020

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(Program) PA-20-07: 2020 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnairepdf
This Program Advisory explains how and when to submit the questionnaire response, describes the changes made from the 2019 questionnaire, and provides executive branch agencies with an advance copy of the 2020 questionnaire. In addition, this Advisory explains how OGE uses the data and reminds agencies of the public availability of the questionnaire.


(Program) PA-20-06: Revisions to the Governmentwide Systems of Records Covering Ethics Recordspdf
This Program Advisory details the recent revisions to the OGE/GOVT-1 and OGE/GOVT-2 governmentwide systems of records covering ethics records. The changes included several new and modified routine uses.


(Program) PA-20-05: Revised Guide to Drafting Nominee Ethics Agreementspdf
This Program Advisory announces the revised Guide to Drafting Nominee Ethics Agreements and provides an overview of the changes. It also has an attached table that lists the revised and new samples.


(Legal) LA-20-05: 2019 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 calendar year 2019.


(Legal) LA-20-04: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Thresholds 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 thresholds 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).


(Program) PA-20-04: Annual Update of Post-Employment Component Designations (18 U.S.C. § 207(c)) due to OGE by July 1, 2020pdf
In this Program Advisory, OGE asks each agency to forward 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.


(Legal) LA-20-03: Conflict of Interest Analysis for Stocks under 18 U.S.C. § 208pdf
This Legal Advisory reminds agency ethics officials that under 18 U.S.C. § 208, an employee may not participate in any particular matter that would have a direct and predictable effect on the financial interests of a company in which the employee (or any imputed person) owns stock, not merely those particular matters that would affect the stock price.


(Program) PA-20-03: Initial Ethics Briefing for Senate-Confirmed Presidential Appointeespdf
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Program Advisory clarifies that OGE is not requiring or encouraging PAS officials to meet “in person” with a qualified ethics official to satisfy the regulatory requirement found in 5 C.F.R. § 2638.305 or the requirement in their ethics agreements.


(Program) PA-20-02: Deadlines and Procedures for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Employees (2020 Filing Cycle)pdf
This Program Advisory provides filing deadlines for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees and procedures for the reports agencies are required to transmit to the Office of Government Ethics.


(Program) PA-20-01: Maintaining Ethics Program Continuity during the COVID-19 Pandemic pdf
This Program Advisory provides suggestions for maintaining ethics program continuity during the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


(Legal) LA-20-02: Updated Resources on Agency Supplemental Ethics Regulationspdf
This Legal Advisory shares recently-updated and newly-developed resources relating to agency supplemental ethics regulations. These resources are designed to assist agency ethics officials who might have questions regarding supplemental ethics regulations, or who have an interest in adopting or modifying such regulations for their agencies.


(Legal) LA-20-01: Effect of Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2020pdf
This Legal Advisory identifies the 2020 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.