Ethics office publishes new gift rules

The Office of Government Ethics last week published amended rules regarding gifts provided to federal employees from outside sources.

The office said the new rules are the result of several years of collaboration with agency ethics officials, and the collection of input from stakeholders.

According to a message from OGE Director Walter Shaub announcing the final rules, “new language now admonishes employees to decline otherwise permissible gifts when accepting them would raise concerns about the appearance of impropriety.”

Shaub said the changes are a blend of values-based and rule-based approaches that “delivers the best of two worlds.”

“As always, employees must follow the rules prohibiting certain gifts,” Shaub wrote, “but we are now also asking employees to reach for the highest standard.”

Reader comments

Tue, Nov 22, 2016

Let me guess the same rules do not apply to members of Congress

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