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- AS ADMINISTRATION WINDS DOWN, OUTGOING FEDS SHOULD TAKE CAUTION APPLYING TO PRIVATE SECTOR DUE TO NEW RULE - July 27, 2016
New Rule Dictates How Feds Can Ethically Apply for Jobs Outside Government
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Federal employees seeking a new job as the Obama administration comes to an end should take caution to recuse themselves from any government business involving the potential employer, according to new regulations issued by the Office of Government Ethics on Tuesday.
One in four federal employees would consider leaving the federal service if Donald Trump is elected president, according to a recent poll, but those workers could wind up in prison if they mix the responsibilities of their current positions with their future jobs. In a rule finalizing a proposal put forward in February, OGE said feds must avoid “personally and substantially” involving themselves in agency decision-making that could have a “predictable and direct effect on the financial interests” of a person or company with whom the employee is in communication about potential employment. Violating those rules could wind up sending an employee to prison for up to five years and subject them to fines.
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