Laws, Regulations and Policy
The Principles of Ethical Conduct were established by Executive Order 12674, modified by Executive Order 12731, as basic principles regarding the conduct of Federal employees. It is important that Federal employees observe these principles in order to promote confidence in the integrity of the Federal government.
United States Code, Title 18 contains the criminal conflict of interest statutes applicable to employees in the executive branch of the government. Included in Title 18 is a prohibition against solicitation or receipt of bribes; a prohibition against acting as an agent or attorney before the government; post-employment restrictions; a prohibition against participating in matters affecting personal financial interest; and a prohibition against receiving supplementation of salary as compensation for government service.
Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. 2635)
The Standards were developed by the Office of Government Ethics and set forth the basic obligation of public service. The standards contain regulations regarding matters such as conflicting financial interests, impartiality in performing official duties, and misuse of position.
Supplemental Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Department of the Interior (5 C.F.R. 3501)
In additional to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, the Department of the Interior has its own supplemental regulations outlining prior approval rules for outside employment and activities and certain prohibitions related to Federal lands.
Compilation of Federal Laws
This compilation of Federal ethics laws has been prepared by the Office of Government Ethics for the ethics community. This document includes not only the laws within the jurisdiction of the ethics program, but also other related statutes on which ethics officials are often called upon to provide advice to agency employees.
Last updated: 8/6/13