Laws and Regulations

Below is a list of laws and regulations relevant to the Ethics program. 

Basic Obligations of Public Service

Criminal Ethics Statutes

Government Ethics Regulations

  • 5 C.F.R 2634 – Executive Branch Financial Disclosure, Qualified Trusts, and Certificates of Divestiture
  • 5 C.F.R 2635 - Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch
    • Subpart A – General Provisions
    • Subpart B – Gifts from Outside Sources
      • 2635.202 - General Prohibition on solicitation or acceptance of gifts.
      • 2635.203 - Definitions.
      • 2635.204 - Exceptions to the prohibition for acceptance of certain gifts.
    • Subpart C – Gifts Between Employees
    • Subpart D – Conflicting Financial Interests
    • Subpart E – Impartiality in Performing Official Duties
    • Subpart F – Seeking Other Employment
    • Subpart G – Misuse of Position
      • 2635.702- Use of public office for private gain.
      • 2635.703 - Use of nonpublic information.
      • 2635.704 - Use of Government Property.
      • 2635.705 - Use of official time.
    • Subpart H – Outside Activities
      • 2635.802 - Conflicting ouside employment activites.
      • 2635.803 - Prior approval for outside employment activities.
      • 2635.805 - Service as an expert witness.
      • 2635.807 - Teaching, speaking, and writing.
      • 2635.808 - Fundraising activities.
  • 5 C.F.R 2638 – Executive Branch Ethics Program
    • Subpart A – Mission and Responsibilities
    • Subpart B – Procedures for Executive Branch Ethics Program
    • Subpart C – Government Ethics Education
  • 5 C.F.R 2640 – Interpretation, Exemptions, and Waiver Guidance Concerning 18 U.S.C. 208 (Acts Affecting A Personal Financial Interest)
  • 5 C.F.R 2641 – Post-employment Conflict of Interest Restrictions

DOI Specific Regulations

  • 5 C.F.R. 3501 – Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Department of the Interior
    • 3501.101 - General
    • 3501.102 – Designation of Separate Agency Components
    • 3501.103 – Prohibited Interests in Federal Lands
    • 3501.104 – Prohibited Interests in Mining
    • 3501.105 – Outside Employment and Activities
  • 43 C.F.R. 20 – Public Lands: Interior, Employee Responsibilities and Conduct
    • Subpart A – General Provisions
    • Subpart B – Department Ethics Program
    • Subpart C – Acceptance and Payment of Travel and Related Expenses
    • Subpart D – Special Provisions Governing Financial and Other Outside Interests of Certain Employees of the Department
    • Subpart E – Other Employee Conduct Provisions
    • Subpart F – Disciplinary and Remedial Action

Other Laws and Regulations