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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 On occasion, OGE will add notes to past guidance documents when that guidance is updated or superseded by law, regulation, or subsequent OGE guidance.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-15-10: 2014 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Surveypdf
2014 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey.


LA-15-09: Diversified and Sector Real Estate Funds (Exemption under 5 C.F.R. § 2640.201)pdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued a Legal Advisory on the application of the diversified mutual fund exemption to certain real estate funds under 5 C.F.R. § 2640.201(a).


LA-15-08: 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-15-07: Legislative Activity of the 113th Congress Affecting the Executive Branch Ethics Programpdf
The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) monitors ethics-related provisions of interest to the executive branch ethics program. This Legal Advisory highlights legislative activity from the 113th Congress affecting the executive branch ethics program.


LA-15-05: Determining the “Market Value” of Events When No Fee is Charged to Attendpdf
This Legal Advisory clarifies how to determine the “market value” of a gift of free attendance to an event when no fee is charged to any attendee.


LA-15-06: Employee Benefit Plans Through Which Employees Hold Diversified Pooled Investment Funds and Employee Benefit Plans Established or Maintained Outside of the United Statespdf
This Legal Advisory explains when the employee benefit plan exemption at 5 C.F.R. § 2640.201(c)(1)(iii) is applicable to (1) employee benefit plans through which employees hold diversified pooled investment funds, and (2) employee benefit plans that are established or maintained outside of the United States.


LA-15-04: Treatment of Gift Cards under the $20 De Minimis Gift Exceptionpdf
This Legal Advisory explains the types of prepaid gift cards that are considered to be cash equivalents, and are therefore categorically prohibited under the de minimis gift exception, and the types that are not treated as cash equivalents.


LA-15-03: The Standards of Conduct as Applied to Personal Social Media Usepdf
This Legal Advisory discusses how the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Executive Branch Employees apply to employees' personal social media activities. The Legal Advisory focuses on common issues such as when an employee can reference his or her title on a personal social media account, and what rules apply to personal fundraising on social media.


LA-15-02: Free Attendance at Speaking Engagements and Widely Attended Gatherings; Waiver of Separate Fee for a Meal or Receptionpdf
This Legal Advisory discusses the definition of "free attendance" as used in the Widely Attended Gathering gift exception. The Legal Advisory confirms that free attendance does not include the waiver of an additional fee charged to attend a meal or reception that is collateral to the original event.


LA-15-01: Effect of Pay Adjustments on Ethics Provisions for Calendar Year 2015pdf
This LA clarifies the 2015 thresholds for: (1) identifying which officers and employees must file public financial disclosure reports; (2) determining which senior employees are subject to the post-employment restrictions and (3) implementing the outside employment and outside earned income restrictions for certain covered noncareer employees.