The Office of Government Ethics has raised two thresholds above which federal employees need to report certain gifts, retroactive to the start of the year.
While employees may not accept gifts from prohibited sources or gifts given because of their official positions, there are exceptions, for example where individual items are valued at less than $20 per occasion and a total of $50 from one source in a calendar year.
Also, gifts must be reported when the total value of all such gifts from one source exceeds an amount in a calendar year—previously $390, now $415—however, individual gifts do not count toward that threshold unless they exceed a different threshold—previously $156, now $166. Filers are required to identify the source of the gift, the value of the gift, and a brief description of the gift, excluding items such as food and beverages which are not consumed in connection with overnight lodging.
Separate rules apply to gifts and various types of awards from foreign sources.
ask.FEDweek.com: Rules on Gifts in the Federal Government
ask.FEDweek.com: Federal Employee Awards