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The Office of Government Ethics has updated its policies regarding ethics rules specific to certain agencies, including expanded resources for agencies to use in determining whether they need to issue what the OGE calls “supplemental ethics regulations.”

The guidance builds on policies issued in 2011 regarding the types of policies that should or should not be set in such a regulation; questions for agencies to consider when deciding whether to issue one; and OGE’s role in assisting agencies with the process.

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“Agencies typically identify the need for a supplemental ethics regulation based on their experience – for example, ethics officials repeatedly see the same ethics issue, or senior leaders raise concerns regarding certain activities. These updated charts are helpful tools ethics officials can use to gain perspective on how other agencies have addressed various subjects in their supplemental ethics regulations, such as outside activities restrictions, prohibited holdings, and other topics,” OGE said in Legal Advisory 20-02.

New features include information on such regulations that agencies have issued, which “can serve as a useful guide for how to structure a notice proposing a new or amended supplemental ethics regulation, and also can be a valuable resource to learn more about a particular supplemental ethics provision,” it said.

Also included are new templates for use in proposing a new regulation or to revise an existing one.

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