• Office of Government Ethics Proposes New Contacts Restrictions on Gifts from Registered Lobbyists and Lobbying Organizations
  • October 4, 2011 | Authors: John B. Bellinger; Martha L. Cochran; Ronald D. Lee
  • Law Firm: Arnold & Porter LLP - Washington Office
  • The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has proposed amendments to its Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch to provide new restrictions on the acceptance of gifts by executive branch employees. The proposed rules would prohibit career employees, special government employees, and any other employees currently subject to OGE gift restrictions from accepting gifts from any registered lobbyist, lobbying firm, and lobbying organization in reliance upon certain existing exceptions to the OGE gift prohibitions: the de minimis exception; the “widely-attended gathering exception” (unless the employee is speaking or presenting); the “social event” exception; and the exception for refreshments and entertainment from private entities in a foreign area. www.arnoldporter.com