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Emory Rounds

Emory Rounds, Director

Leadership Notes

A Message from OGE’s Director to Ethics Officials about Their Important Role and What’s to Come in 2023

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Leadership Note
| 01/31/2023

This month, I sent a video message to the thousands of officials who carry out the ethics program across the executive branch.

Legal Advisory
| 01/30/2023

This Legal Advisory provides guidance on how the Federal ethics rules and conflict of interest statute at 18 U.S.C. § 208 apply to use of official social media accounts by executive branch employees.

Legal Advisory
| 01/23/2023

This Legal Advisory discusses the application of the outside earned income limitations to mining, staking, and delegated staking of cryptocurrency.

Program Advisory
| 01/05/2023

On December 27, 2022, the President signed Public Law 117-286 into law. This law moved the Ethics in Government Act from the Appendix to title 5 of the U.S. Code to a new chapter 131 in title 5. This Program Advisory describes the recodification and includes a section-by-section citation comparison.

Legal Advisory
| 01/05/2023

This Legal Advisory identifies the 2023 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.

Leadership Note
| 12/07/2022

As the holiday season arrives, OGE recognizes that gifts are an important part of many cultures and traditions. So, why then do the executive branch ethics rules prohibit accepting some gifts and what should you do if you are an employee who is offered one?

Featured Resources

Resources for Nominees to Senate-Confirmed Positions

OGE provides a collection of resources to help potential Presidential nominees to Senate-confirmed positions understand the Nominee process and the ethics rules to which they would be subject after confirmation.

Compilation of Federal Ethics Laws (PDF)

OGE has compiled the most pertinent laws under the jurisdiction of the executive branch ethics program as well as related statutes on which ethics officials are often called upon to provide advice to agency employees.

Summary of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (PDF)

OGE is responsible for issuing and interpreting the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.

Institute for Ethics in Government

OGE provides professional development opportunities for executive branch ethics officials through its Institute for Ethics in Government.

Public Financial Disclosure Guide

OGE maintains a guide to assist filers and reviewers of public financial disclosure reports.

Confidential Financial Disclosure Guide (2019) (PDF)

OGE maintains a guide to assist filers and reviewers of confidential financial disclosure reports.