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Title 15—Commerce and Foreign
Subtitle A-Office of the Secretary
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Employee responsibilities and conduct.
merce-effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
and to Southern Rhodesia.
Executive Order 11246, as amended, and rules, regulations, and orders
PART 0_EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILI
TIES AND CONDUCT
Subpart A-General Provisions Sec. 0.735–1 Purpose. 0.735–2 Relation to basic provisions. 0.73543 Applicability. 0.7354 Definitions.
Subpart B-General Policy 0.735–5 General principles. 0.735–6 Standards required in the Federal
service. 0.735–7 Special requirements of the Departo
ment. 0.735-8 Limitations on private activities and
Subpart D-Regulatory Limitations Upon
Employee Conduct Sec. 0.735–10 Administrative extension of statu
tory limitations. 0.735-10a Proscribed actions. 0.735-11 Guts, entertainment, and favors. 0.735–12 Outside employment or other ac
tivity. 0.735-13 Financial interests. 0.735–14 Use of Government time or prop
erty. 0.735–15 Misuse of employment or informa
tion. 0.735–16 Indebtedness. 0.735-17 Gambling, betting, and lotteries. 0.735–18 General conduct prejudicial to the
Government. 0.785–19 Reporting undue influence to su
Subpart C-Statutory Limitations Upon
Employee Conduct 0.736–9 Amployee responsibiuties.
Subpart E-Statements of Employment and
Financial Interests Sec. 0.735–20 General provisions. 0.735-21 Form and content of statements. 0.735-22 Employees required to submit
statements. 0.735–228 Employee's complaint on filing
requirement. 0.735-23 Employees not required to submit
statements. 0.735–24 Time and place for submission of
original statements. 0.735–25 Supplementary statements. 0.735–26 Interests of employees' relatives. 0.735-27 Information not known by om
ployees. 0.735-28 Information not required. 0.735-29 Confidentiality of employees' state
ments, 0.735-30 Relation of this part to other
requirements. 0.735–31 Special Government employees.
Subpart Supplementary Regulations 0.735–32 Departmental. 0.735–33 Operating units. 0.735–34 Effective date of supplementary
Subpart G-Administration 0.735–35 Responsibilities of employees. 0.735–36 Responsibilities of operating units. 0.735-37 Procedure. 0.735–38 Availability for counseling. 0.735-39 Authorizations. 0.735-40 Disciplinary and other remedial
action. 0.735–41 Inquiries and exceptions. Appendix A-Statutes Governing Conduct of
Federal Employees. Appendix B-Position Categories, Grade GS
13 and Above, Requiring Statements of Employment and Financial Interests By
Incumbents. Appendix C-Position Categories Below GS
13 Requiring Statements of Employment and Financial Interests By Incumbents.
AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 0 issued under E.O. 11222 of May 8, 1965, 30 F.R. 6469, 3 CFR, 1965 Supp.; 5 CFR 735.104.
SOURCE: The provisions of this part o appear at 32 F.R. 15222, Nov. 2, 1967, unless otherwise noted.
Subpart A-General Provisions $ 0.735-1 Purpose.
The purpose of this part is to set forth Department of Commerce policy and procedure relating to employee responsibilities and conduct. 8 0.735-2 Relation to basic provisions.
(a) This part implements the following:
(1) The provisions of law cited in this part;
(2) Executive Order 11222 of May 8, 1965 (3 CFR, 1965 Supp. p. 130);
(3) Part 735 of the Civil Service regulations (5 CFR 735.101-735.412, inclusive).
(b) This part prescribes additional standards of ethical and other conduct and reporting requirements deemed appropriate in the light of the particular functions and activities of this Department. $ 0.735–3 Applicability.
This part applies to all persons included within the term "employee" as defined in $ 0.735–4, except as otherwise provided in this part. $ 0.735–4 Definitions.
For purposes of this part, except as otherwise indicated in this part:
(1) Every officer and employee of the Department of Commerce (regardless of location), including commissioned officers of the Environmental Science Services Administration; and
(ii) Every other person who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed by a Federal officer or employee, who is engaged in the performance of a function of the Department under authority of law or an Executive act, and who is subject to the supervision of a Federal officer or employee while engaged in the performance of the duties of his position not only as to what he does but also as to how he performs his duties, regardless of whether the relationship to the Department is created by assignment, detail, contract, agreement, or otherwise.
(2) Shall not include:
(i) Members of the Executive Reserve except when they are serving as employees of the Department under the circumstances described in subparagraph (1) of this paragraph;
(11) Members of crews of vessels owned or chartered to the Government and operated by or for the Maritime Administration under a General Agency Agreement; or
(iii) Any other person who is determined legally not to be an officer or employee of the United States.
(b) "Special Government employee" shall mean an employee as defined in paragraph (a) of this section who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform with or without compensation, for not to exceed 130 days during any period of 365 consecutive days, temporary duties on either a fulltime or intermittent basis.
(c) “Personnel officer" means a personnel official to whom the power of appointment is redelegated under Administrative Order 202-250.
(d) “Operating unit” means, for purposes of this part, primary and constituent operating units designated as such in the Department Order Series of the Department of Commerce and, in addition, the Office of the Secretary.
(e) “Head of an operating unit,” for the purposes of this part, includes the Assistant Secretary for Administration with respect to the performance of functions under this part for the Office of the Secretary.
Subpart B-General Policy $ 0.735–5 General principles.
Apart from statute, there are certain principles of fair dealing which have the force of law and which are applicable to all oficers of the Government. A public ofice is a public trust. No public officer can lawfully engage in business activities which are incompatible with the duties of his ofice. He cannot, in his private or official character, enter into engagements in which he has, or can have, a conflicting personal interest. He cannot allow his public duties to be neglected by reason of attention to his private affairs. Such conflicts of interest are not tolerated in the case of any private fiduciary, and they are doubly proscribed for a public trustee. (40 Ops. Atty. Gen. 187, 190.) $ 0.735-6 Standards required in the
Federal service. 5 CFR 735.101 states: “The maintenance of unusually high standards of honesty, integrity, impartiality, and conduct by Government employees and special Government employees is essential to assure the proper performance of the Government business and the maintenance of confidence by citizens in their Government.”
$ 0.735–7 Special requirements of the
Department. The close and sensitive relationship between the Department of Commerce and the Nation's business community calls for special vigilance on the part of all officers and employees to avoid even any appearance of impropriety. The regulations set forth in this part have been adopted in order to promote the efficiency of the service in the light of the particular ethical and administrative problems arising out of the work of the Department. $ 0.735-8 Limitations on private activi.
ties and interests. It is the policy of the Department to place as few limitations as possible on private activities or interests consistent with the public trust and the effective performance of the official business of the Department. There is no general statutory or regulatory limitation on the conduct of private activities for compensation by officers or employees of the Department, when the private activity is not connected with any interest of the Government. When the private activity does not touch upon some interest, it may be conducted if it falls outsid applicable statutory limitations and regulatory limitations. Subpart C-Statutory Limitations
Upon Employee Conduct $ 0.735-9 Employee responsibilities.
Each employee and special Government employee has a positive duty to acquaint himself with the numerous statutes relating to the ethical and other conduct of employees and special employees of the Department and of the Government. Appendix A of this part contains a listing of the more important statutory provisions of general applicability. In case of doubt on any question of statutory application to fact situations that may arise, the employee should consult the text of the statutes, which will be made available to him by his organization unit, and he should also avail himself of the legal counseling provided by this part. Subpart D--Regulatory Limitations
Upon Employee Conduct $ 0.735–10 Administrative extension of
statutory limitations. The provisions of the statutes identified in this part which relate to the ethi