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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 On occasion, OGE will add notes to past guidance documents when that guidance is updated or superseded by law, regulation, or subsequent OGE guidance.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-13-12: 2012 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
2012 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey


LA-13-11: Ethics Laws and Regulations Continue to Apply to Federal Government Employees during Furlough Periodspdf
This Legal Advisory reminds employees that the ethics laws and regulations will continue to apply during a possible government shutdown.


LA-13-10: Effect of the Supreme Court's Decision in United States v. Windsor on the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
This Legal Advisory provides guidance on the effect of United States v. Windsor on the federal ethics provisions that use the terms “spouse,” “marriage,” and “relative.”


LA-13-09: Periodic Transaction Reporting—Lapse of Penalty Waiverpdf
This Legal Advisory reminds ethics officials that OGE’s blanket waiver of the $200 late fee for periodic transaction reports is no longer effective July 3, 2013.


LA-13-08: 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.


LA-13-07: Summary of the Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Act that Affect the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
This Legal Advisory summarizes the provisions of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, that affect the Executive Branch Ethics Program.


LA-13-06: Notification of Negotiations for Post-Government Compensation under Section 17 of the STOCK Actpdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies that employees must comply with the notification requirements under section 17 of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) when they negotiate for, or have an agreement of, post-government, non-federal compensation for services to be rendered entirely after termination of federal employment.


LA-13-05: 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(2) Exemption for Official Participation in Nonprofit Organizationspdf
This Legal Advisory discusses the history and scope of the exemption for official participation in nonprofit organizations found at 5 C.F.R. § 2640.203(m). The Legal Advisory also highlights important considerations for agency officials who intend to assign employees to serve in an official capacity at a nonprofit organization.


LA-13-04: Reporting Requirements for Discretionary Trustspdf
This memorandum clarifies guidance concerning the application of the financial disclosure reporting requirements to discretionary trusts, as the term “discretionary trust” is defined in OGE’s only issuance on such trusts, DAEOgram DO-08-024 (2008)


LA-13-03: Legislative Activity of the 112th Congress Affecting the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
This Legal Advisory updates relevant legislative activity from the recently ended 112th Congress.


LA-13-02: Reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periodspdf
This legal advisory is a reminder that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply to Federal Government employees during furlough periods.


LA-13-01: Periodic Reporting of Spouse and Dependent Children Transactionspdf
This Legal Advisory explains that covered Executive Branch employees must file periodic reports of transactions involving separately owned assets of their spouses or dependent children. This Advisory amends the guidance provided in OGE LA-12-04.