Federal Manager's Daily Report

The Office of Government Ethics has suspended plans for issuing new rules on the ethical implications of federal employees receiving support from legal defense funds “to allow the new administration an opportunity to complete a full review” of the issue.

The agency had sent proposed rules to OMB for review before publication in mid-2020, following a series of information-gathering steps over the prior year.


OGE said that the time that there currently is no policy in either law or regulation on such funds although it has provided individual guidance to employees considering accepting such support. However, it said that approach does not address potential appearance concerns regarding such funds.

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