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accordance with the procedure in this paragraph.
(2) Heads of operating units and heads of offices in the Office of the Secretary shall, in conformity with the abovecited criteria, recommend changes in Appendix B and Appendix C to the Assistant Secretary for Administration for approval. Changes in Appendix C shall be submitted, with specific justification, to the Civil Service Commission for further prior approval.
(3) Incumbents of positions added to Appendix B or to Appendix C shall become subject to the reporting requirements of this part upon receipt of notification that their position is subject to such requirements. Appendix B and Appendix C shall be republished annually to reflect changes in the lists.
§ 0.735-22a Employee's complaint on filing requirement.
An employee shall have an opportunity for review through the Department of Commerce grievance procedure, as provided by Administrative Order 202-770, of a complaint by him that his position has been improperly included under the regulations of the Department as one requiring the submission of a statement of employment and financial interests. § 0.735-23 Employees not required to
(a) Employees in positions that meet the criteria in paragraph (b), (c), or (d) of § 0.735-22 may be excluded from the reporting requirement when the head of the operating unit concerned determines that:
ject to separate reporting requirements under section 401 of Executive Order 11222.
(1) The duties of a position are such that the likelihood of the incumbent's involvement in a conflicts-of-interest situation is remote; or
(2) The duties of a position are at such a level of responsibility that the submission of a statement of employment and financial interests is not necessary because of the degree of supervision and review over the incumbent or the inconsequential effect on the integrity of the Government.
(b) A statement of employment and financial interests is not required by this part from the Secretary of Commerce, from the head of an independent agency for which the Department of Commerce performs administrative services, or from a full-time member of a committee, board, or commission appointed by the President. These employees are sub
§ 0.735-25 Supplementary statements.
Changes in, or additions to, the information contained in an employee's statement of employment and financial interests shall be reported in a supplementary statement as of June 30 each year, except when the Civil Service Commission authorizes a different date on a showing by the Department of necessity therefor. (The Commission has authorized filing of the supplementary statement for 1967 as of Sept. 30, 1967.) If no changes or additions occur, a negative report is required. Notwithstanding the filing of the annual report required by this section, each employee shall at all times avoid acquiring a financial interest that could result, or taking an action that would result, in a violation of the conflicts-of-interest provisions of section 208 of Title 18, United States Code, or Subpart D of this part.
§ 0.735-26 Interests of employees' rel
The interest of a spouse, minor child, or other member of an employee's immediate household is considered to be an interest of the employee. For the purpose of this section, "member of an employee's immediate household" means those blood relations who are members of the employee's household.
§ 0.735-27 Information not known by employees.
If any information required to be included on a statement of employment and financial interests or supplementary statement, including holdings placed in trust, is not known to the employee but is known to another person, the employee shall request that other person to submit information in his behalf.
§ 0.735-28 Information not required.
This part does not require an employee to submit on a statement of employment and financial interests or supplementary statement any information relating to the employee's connection with, or interest in, a professional society or a charitable, religious, social, fraternal, recreational, public service, civic, or political organization or a similar organization not conducted as a business enterprise. For the purpose of this section, educational and other institutions doing research and development or related work involving grants of money from or contracts with the Government are deemed "business enterprises" and are required to be included in an employee's statement of employment and financial interests.
(a) No employee may have access to a statement of employment and financial interests, or a supplementary statement, unless his official duties make access necessary. Each employee who has access to such a statement is responsible for maintaining it in confidence and shall not allow access to, or allow information to be disclosed from, a statement except to an employee of the Department of Commerce or the Civil Service Commission to carry out the purpose of this part or to other persons as the Civil Service Commission or the Assistant Secretary for Administration may determine for good cause shown. (The foregoing limitations do not apply to release of information by an employee with respect to a statement he has submitted under this section.)
(b) The employees designated in paragraph (b) of § 0.735-24 to receive statements are authorized to review and retain the statements and are responsible for maintaining the statements in confidence, as provided in this section.
§ 0.735-30 Relation of this part to other requirements.
(a) The requirement that employees submit statements of employment and financial interests and supplementary statements under this part is in addition to, and not in substitution for, or in derogation of, any similar requirement imposed by law, order, or regulation.
(b) The submission of a statement or supplementary statement by an employee does not permit him or any other person to participate in a matter in which his or the other person's participation is prohibited by law, order, or regulation, including this part.
§ 0.735-31 ployees.
(a) Special Government employees shall be required to report:
(1) All other employment; and
(2) Financial interests specified on Form CD-219.
(b) A waiver may be granted to the requirements of this section in the case of a special Government employee who is not a consultant or expert (as defined in Chapter 304 of the Federal Personnel Manual) when a determination is made that the duties of the position held by that special Government employee are of such a nature and at such a level of responsibility that the submission of the statement by the incumbent is not necessary to protect the integrity of the Government. Any such waiver shall be approved by the head of the operating unit concerned or his designee. A copy of the waiver shall be filed with the deputy counselor for the organization unit concerned.
(c) The original statement of employment and financial interests required to be submitted by a special Government employee shall be submitted not later than his entry on duty. Each special employee shall keep his statement current throughout his employment with the Department by the submission of supplementary statements.
Subpart F-Supplementary Regulations
§ 0.735-32 Departmental.
The Assistant Secretary for Administration may prescribe supplementary instructions consistent with this part.
§ 0.735-33 Operating units.
Each operating unit is hereby authorized and directed to prescribe, after approval by the Assistant Secretary for Administration, such additional regulations not inconsistent with this part as may be necessary to effectuate the general purpose of this part in the light of its individual operating requirements, including but not limited to pertinent statutory provisions, such as:
(a) 35 U.S.C. 4, 122 (Patent Office); (b) 46 U.S.C. 1111(b) (Maritime Administration);
(c) Certain provisions of the Defense Production Act of 1950, e.g., 50 U.S.C. App. 2160 (b) (2) (avoidance of conflicts of interest), 50 U.S.C. App. 2160 (b) (6) (financial statements), and 50 U.S.C. App. 2160 (f) (prohibition of use of confidential information for purposes of speculation) (Business and Defense Services Administration and any other primary operating unit affected); and
(d) Certain provisions of Public Law 89-136, the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, e.g., section 711 (restriction on employing certain EDA employees by applicants for financial assistance), and section 710 (b) (embezzlement, false book entries, sharing in loans, etc., and giving out unauthorized information for speculation). $0.735-34 Effective date of supplementary regulations.
The head of each operating unit, or his designee, shall:
(a) Furnish or make available to each employee a copy of this part (or a comprehensive summary thereof) within 90 days after approval of this part by the Civil Service Commission, and, upon their issuance, a copy of any regulations supplementary thereto (or a comprehensive summary thereof);
(b) Furnish or make available to each new employee at the time of his entrance on duty a copy of this part as it may be amended and any supplementary regulations (or a comprehensive summary thereof);
(c) Bring this part (or as it may be amended and any supplementary regulations thereto) to the attention of each employee annually, and at such other times as circumstances may warrant as may be determined by the Assistant Secretary for Administration;
(d) Have available for review by employees, as appropriate, copies of laws, Executive orders, this part, supplementary regulations, and pertinent Civil Service Commission regulations and instructions relating to ethical and other conduct of Government employees;
(e) Advise each employee who is a special Government employee of his status for purposes of 18 U.S.C. 203 and 205;
(f) Require each employee specified in 0.735-22 to submit a statement of employment and financial interests, as provided by or pursuant to this part;
(g) Develop an appropriate form, with the approval of the counselor of the De
partment, on which the employee may certify that he has read this part and applicable regulations supplementary thereto, in accordance with $0.73535(c), and on which he may, if he so desires, indicate that he has a private activity or interest about which he requests advice and guidance as provided by $0.735-38.
(h) Require each employee upon entering on duty and at such other times as may be specified, to execute the certification required by § 0.735-35 (c);
(i) Report to the program Secretarial Officer concerned and to the Assistant Secretary for Administration promptly any instance in which an employee, after notice, fails to submit the certification required under § 0.735-35 (c) or a statement of employment or financial interests required under this part within 14 calendar days following the prescribed time limit for doing so; and
(j) Take action to impress upon each employee required to submit a statement of employment and financial interests, upon his supervisor, and upon employees with whom the employee works, their responsibility as follows:
(1) The employee's supervisor is responsible (i) for excluding from the range of duties of the employee any contracts or other transactions between the Government and his outside employer, clients, or entities in which he has an interest within the purview of this part, and (ii) for overseeing the employee's activities in order to insure that the public interest is protected from improper conduct on his part and that he will not, through ignorance or inadvertence, embarrass the Government or himself.
(2) The employee's supervisor and employees with whom he works are responsible for avoiding the use of the employee's services in any situation in which a violation of law, regulation, or ethical standards is likely to occur or to appear to occur.
(3) The supervisor of an employee is responsible for initiating prompt and proper disciplinary or remedial action when a violation, intentional or innocent, is detected.
(4) Employees shall avoid divulging to a special Government employee privileged Government information which is not necessary to the performance of his governmental responsibility or information which directly involves the
financial interests of his non-Government employer.
(5) An employee shall make every effort in his private work to avoid any personal contact with respect to negotiations with the Department for contracts, grants, or loans, if the subject matter is related to the subject matter of his Government employment. When this is not possible, he may participate if not otherwise prohibited by law (e.g., 18 U.S.C. 203 and 205) in the negotiations for his private employer only with the prior approval of the head of the operating unit concerned.
§ 0.735-37 Procedure.
The review of statements of employment and financial interests shall include the following basic measures, among others:
(a) Statements shall be submitted to the designated officer, who will review each employee's statement of employment and financial interests to ascertain whether they are consistent with the requirements established by or pursuant to this part. (See § 0.735-24(b).)
(b) Where the statement raises any question of compliance with the requirements of this part, it shall be submitted to a deputy counselor for the organization unit concerned. The deputy counselor may, in his discretion, utilize the advice and services of others (including departmental facilities) to obtain further information needed to resolve the questions.
(c) The designated officer shall maintain the statements of employment and financial interests in a file apart from the official personnel files and shall take every measure practicable to insure their confidentiality. Statements of employment and financial interests shall be preserved for 5 years following the separation of an employee from the Department or following termination of any other relationship under which the individual rendered service to the Department, except as may be otherwise authorized by the Assistant Secretary for Administration or as required by law.
Availability for counseling.
(a) The General Counsel of the Department shall:
(1) Serve as the counselor for the Department of Commerce with respect to matters covered by the basic provi
sions cited in § 0.735-2(a) and otherwise by or pursuant to this part;
(2) Serve as the Department of Commerce designee to the Civil Service Commission on matters covered by this part; and
(3) Coordinate the counseling services provided under this part and assure that counseling and interpretations on questions of conflicts of interest and other matters covered by this part are available to deputy counselors designated under paragraph (b) of this section.
(b) The counselor shall designate employees who shall serve as deputy counselors for employees of the Department of Commerce with respect to matters covered by or pursuant to this part and shall give authoritative advice and guidance to each employee who seeks advice and guidance on questions of conflict of interests and other matters covered by or pursuant to this part.
(c) Each operating unit shall notify its employees of the availability of counseling services and of how and where these services are available. This notification shall be given within 90 days after approval of this part by the Civil Service Commission and periodically thereafter. In the case of a new employee appointed after the foregoing notification, notification shall be made at the time of his entrance on duty.
(d) In each operating unit a deputy counselor shall advise and counsel each employee concerning any adjustments necessary in his financial interests or activities, or in any contemplated interests or activities, in order to meet the requirements established by or pursuant to this part.
§ 0.735-39 Authorizations.
All requests for authorizations required under this part shall be addressed to the head of the operating unit concerned. In the Office of the Secretary such requests shall be addressed to the Secretary or such person as he may designate. When granted, authorizations will be in writing, and a copy of each authorization will be filed in the employee's official personnel file.
(a) In case of doubt, or upon the request of the employee concerned, cases or questions will be forwarded to the counselor or a deputy counselor. (See § 0.735-38.)
(b) Where an activity requested to be authorized can be conducted as official
business, it shall not be authorized as a private activity, but shall be conducted as official business.
(c) Where authorizations involve speaking, writing, or teaching, use of the official title of the employee for identification purposes may be authorized, provided the employee makes it clear that his statements and actions are not of an official nature.
(d) If an authorization has been granted for a specific activity or interest, and the activity or interest is subsequently deemed to constitute a violation of the limitations or requirements prescribed in or pursuant to this part, the employee concerned shall be notified in writing of the cancellation of the authorization and shall modify or stop the activity or interest involved, as requested. § 0.735-40 Disciplinary and other remedial action.
(a) Violation of a requirement established in or pursuant to this part shall be cause for appropriate disciplinary action, which may be in addition to any penalty prescribed by law.
(b) When, after consideration of the explanation of the employee provided by § 0.735-20(c), the reviewing officer, in cooperation with the responsible supervisory official, decides that remedial action is required, he will take or cause to be taken immediate action to end the conflict or appearance of conflict of interest. Remedial action may include, but is not limited to:
(1) Changes in assigned duties;
(2) Divestment by the employee of his conflicting interest;
(3) Disciplinary action (including removal from the service); or
(4) Disqualification for a particular assignment.
Remedial action, whether disciplinary or otherwise, shall be effected in accordance with applicable laws, Executive orders, and regulations.
(c) No disciplinary or remedial action may be taken under this section against an employee of another Federal department or agency on detail to the Department of Commerce other than through and with the concurrence of the detailed employee's employing agency. § 0.735-41
Inquiries and exceptions.
(a) Inquiries relating to legal aspects of the limitations set forth in or cited in or pursuant to this part should be sub