What’s the policy on hiring of relatives?
No public official of the government (including a member of Congress) may appoint, employ, promote, or advance, or advocate the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of a relative in the agency in which the official is serving or over which he or she exercises jurisdiction or control. “Relative” for the purpose of these restrictions means a father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, or half-sister.

Exceptions may be allowed for temporary employment of otherwise prohibited persons in the event of emergencies resulting from natural disasters or similar unforeseen events or circumstances.

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