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

Legal Advisories

The Legal Advisories page contains the DAEOgrams on substantive ethics issues published by OGE from 1992 to 2010, the Advisory Opinions published by OGE from 1979 to 2010, and the Legal Advisories, which OGE began publishing in 2011. On occasion, OGE will add notes to past guidance documents when that guidance is updated or superseded by law, regulation, or subsequent OGE guidance.

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LA-11-10: Pay-Level Thresholds of Ethics Provisions Remain at 2011 Levels for Calendar Year 2012pdf
This Legal Advisory reminds agencies that the three statutory pay-level thresholds for certain purposes under either the Ethics in Government Act (Ethics Act) or 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) will remain the same as last year.


LA-11-09: Revised OGE Form 278 and OGE Form 450pdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has revised the OGE Form 278 and the OGE Form 450 to reflect the current thresholds for reporting gifts and travel reimbursements, as amended by 76 Fed. Reg. 38547 (July 1, 2011).


LA-11-08: 2010 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
2010 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey


LA-11-07: The OGE Supplemental Agency Regulation Processpdf
This legal advisory addresses whether an agency needs a supplemental ethics regulation, the appropriate ethics issues to include in a supplemental agency regulation, and summarizes OGE's role in assisting agencies with this process.


LA-11-06: Nonpartisan Political Activitypdf
OGE analyzes whether, under 5 C.F.R. § 2635.802, an agency may issue an across-the-board policy that an employee may not run for or hold nonpartisan elective office because election to that office may have the potential to create the appearance of misuse of the employee's federal position. OGE also provides guidance on related ethics issues.


LA-11-05: Increased Gifts and Travel Reimbursements Reporting Thresholdspdf
The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued final rule amendments that in pertinent part revise the executive branch financial disclosure regulation at 5 C.F.R. §§ 2634.304 and 2634.907(g).


LA-11-04: Annual Update of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) Component Designationspdf
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.


LA-11-03: Public Financial Disclosure Report Guidance for Presidential Candidatespdf
This Legal Advisory provides guidance to potential Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates concerning the public financial disclosure reporting requirements that apply to them.


LA-11-02: Legislative Activity of the 111th Congress Affecting the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
This Legal Advisory updates relevant legislative activity from the recently ended 111th Congress, including the re-codification of the Procurement Integrity Act, changes to the ethics laws for the intelligence community, and a trend toward imposing new post-employment restrictions on certain Executive Branch employees.


LA-11-01: Effect of the Freeze on Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2011pdf
This Legal Advisory updates the three statutory pay-level thresholds for certain purposes under either the Ethics in Government Act (Ethics Act) or 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) for calendar year 2011.