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April 29, 2014

OSC Press Release on Hatch Act

Please find the Office of Special Counsel’s latest press release announcing the settlement of two Hatch Act cases for significant disciplinary action.

Download Hatch Act update April 2014

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Headquarters Ethics Office, is seeking 2 candidates for a challenging and dynamic, full-time, GS-13 & 15 Attorney-Advisor position in its Washington, DC (3801 Nebraska Ave. NW) office.

The HQ Ethics Office administers the Department-wide ethics program, offers advice and guidance to Department employees and managers on the interpretation and application of the Federal ethics statutes, rules and regulations, administers the financial disclosure program, and provides ethics training. DHS is an equal opportunity employer.

Individuals interested in applying should visit the vacancy posting at:

Here is the USAJOBS link:


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April 25, 2014

OGE Releases the Annual Report Pursuant To Executive Order 13490 “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”

OGE released the fifth annual report provided pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics (Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”). This report provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately. The report covers the period January 1 through December 31, 2013. This report is publicly available and can be found on our website at:




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April 15, 2014

Next IEC Meeting: May 1, Arthur Goldberg from DOJ

The IEC program presenter for May 1 is Arthur Goldberg, the Assistant Director, Federal Programs Branch, Department of Justice. Among other duties, his office is responsible for prosecuting public financial disclosure filers that willfully fail to file public financial disclosure reports in a timely manner. Since we all review public financial disclosure reports, this should be of great interest to all federal ethics officials.

Meeting details:  May 1, beginning at 12:15.  Location:  1331 F Street, NW, U.S. Access Board, Floor 8. 

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April 11, 2014


The subject Management Analyst position is located with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of the General Counsel (OGC), Ethics Division, Program Review Section, in Washington, D.C. The OGC Ethics Division is currently conducting a search to fill this position. The two vacancy announcements, links provided below, are open through Thursday, April 24, 2014, or the first 150 applicants (whichever comes first).

 To view the two vacancy announcements for this position, visit the following two links:

HHS-OGC-14-MP-1070101 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/363925300?share=email

HHS-OGC-14-DE-1069969 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/363922100?share=email


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April 10, 2014

Hatch Act Case Updates from OSC

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which enforces the Hatch Act, recently investigated several cases where Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees were alleged to have engaged in partisan political activity on duty and in the federal workplace.  The case updates may be found here Download Hatch Act case updates

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April 03, 2014

Presentation Slides from 4/3 IEC Meeting: Hatch Act Briefing

Please find slides from today's Hatch Act presentation here:  Download IEC Hatch Act

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April 02, 2014

New minimal value under the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act ($375)

Today the Federal Register published the new minimal value which is now $375 for purposes of accepting a gift under 5 U.S.C. 7342, the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act.


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