May 01, 2015
OGE Issues Legal Advisory on the Treatment of Gift Cards under the $20 De Minimis Gift Exception
The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued a Legal Advisory discussing the treatment of prepaid gift cards under the $20 de minimis gift exception found at 5 C.F.R. § 2635.204(a). The Legal Advisory describes common types of prepaid gift cards and explains which are considered to be cash equivalents, and are therefore categorically prohibited under the de minimis exception.
For more information, please see Legal Advisory LA-15-04, dated April 30, 2015,
April 30, 2015
Fiscal Law Opening: Air Force Office of the General Counsel
You can find more details here
April 28, 2015
Next IEC Meeting: May 7
Please join us for our May 7 IEC meeting featuring Mr. Edward Sullivan, a prosecutor for the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section.
Mr. Sullivan has prosecuted a variety of cases and will discuss what kinds of cases his section handles, and the elements they review.
The meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Floor 8 at 12:15. See you there!
April 27, 2015
Ethics Advisor Opening at International Monetary Fund
For its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the International Monetary Fund (IMF), an international organization with a diverse staff from over 140 countries, is seeking an Ethics Advisor.
The Ethics Advisor contributes to the good governance of the Fund and assists the organization in maintaining high ethical standards of conduct and the reputation of the Fund and its employees for probity, integrity, and impartiality. The Ethics Advisor promotes awareness of ethics issues among, and provides training and education on ethics for, Fund employees and vendor personnel. The Ethics Advisor’s responsibilities shall include (a) the provision of advice to management and the Human Resources Department (HRD) regarding the promotion of ethical standards within the Fund; (b) the provision of information, education and training for Fund employees; and (c) the provision of advice and guidance to managers, staff members, contractual employees, and vendor personnel on questions pertaining to the rules on conduct. The Ethics Advisor also provides advice to the External Compliance Advisor and supports the implementation of the IMF’s financial disclosure program. The Ethics Advisor may also be called upon to provide advice on conflict of interest matters relating to the investments of the Fund. In exercising his or her duties, the Ethics Advisor will report directly to the Managing Director and will be independent of any official, department, office, or other organizational entity of the Fund.
Initially the appointment will be on a two-year contractual basis, with the possibility of an extension for an additional and final four years.
Qualifications: Candidates should have substantial prior experience as an ethics officer, inspector general, or a similar position dealing with the development of standards of conduct in an international organization, or in a national public or private sector organization, preferably with multinational orientation. Previous experience with advising on personal financial conflicts of interests and conflicts of interests and compliance in the context of investment management or financial institutions would be an advantage. Candidates should not have worked previously with the IMF. A legal background would be useful, but not required. An excellent command of English, the working language of the IMF, is required. Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable. The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including gender, nationality, culture and educational background.
April 15, 2015
OGE Issues Legal Advisory on the Standards of Conduct and Social Media
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued a Legal Advisory discussing 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 whether an employee can reference his or her title on a personal social media account, and what rules apply to personal fundraising over social media.
The Legal Advisory LA-15-03, dated April 9, 2015, may be found here.
April 10, 2015
Reminder!!! April 20 IEC Meeting at USDA
On April 20, which is a Monday, Matt Zapotoski from the Washington Post will speak about former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's trial.
PLEASE NOTE!! The April 20 meeting will be held in the Jefferson Auditorium at USDA. Directions may be found here Download Directions to Jefferson Auditorium
The meeting will be at 12:15. Unfortunately no food or drink is allowed in the auditorium so plan accordingly.
April 09, 2015
OGE Issues Guidance on "Free Attendance" at Speaking Engagements and WAGs
The guidance may be found here.
March 31, 2015
Deputy Ethics Counselor Opening at Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
The job listing may be found here.
Reminder: April 2 Meeting and Updated Presentation Slides
The next regular IEC meeting will be held on April 2 at the U.S. Access Board. Sean Croston, Senior Attorney, Legal Division, Federal Reserve Board, will discuss nepotism in the federal workplace. His UPDATED presentation slides may be found here Download Croston IEC Nepotism final slides
This meeting will be held at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Floor 8 at 12:15.
March 18, 2015
House Representative Aaron Schock resigns in wake of ethics investigation
Embattled Rep. Aaron Schock announced Tuesday he would resign his seat at the end of the month, in the wake of a congressional ethics investigation into reports that he used taxpayer money to fund lavish trips and events. In a statement, he said he was stepping down "with a heavy heart," having given his constituents "my all over the last six years." "But the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself," he added.
Politico first reported on Tuesday afternoon that Schock would step down. The news marks the end of an embarrassing chapter for the former GOP rising star known for his Instagram account and a memorable shirtless appearance in a feature in Men's Health magazine.
Republicans close to Schock have said the biggest questions about his finances involve mileage reimbursements from a car paid by for by his campaign account. A Schock spokesman said Tuesday that the congressman had paid the government back for all of his official mileage, but the exact amount was unclear. "In an effort to remove any questions, and out of an abundance of caution, Congressman Schock has reimbursed all monies received for official mileage since his election to Congress," the spokesman said.