• Office of Government Ethics Proposed Changes to the Gift Rules
  • October 3, 2011 | Author: Ronald M. Jacobs
  • Law Firm: Venable LLP - Washington Office
  • There are currently two different standards for giving gifts to executive branch employees: one for career employees and another for political employees. This is because President Obama requires his appointees to sign an Ethics Pledge upon taking office in which they agree to more stringent gift rules than those that apply by regulation to career employees. Specifically, the ethics pledge prohibits political appointees from accepting gifts from lobbyists or organizations that are registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (“LDA”).