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Subtitle A-Office of the
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Employee responsibilities and conduct .....
The Seal of the Department of Commerce
Procedures for handling and settlement of claims

under the Federal Tort Claims Act
Public information ......
Classification, declassification and public avail-

ability of national security information
Privacy Act .....
Operation of vending stands ...............
Standardization of data elements and representa-

tions .............
National voluntary laboratory accreditation pro-

gram procedures ...........
Nondiscrimination in federally-assisted programs

of the Department of Commerce-effectuation

of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ..........
Audit requirements for state and local govern-

ments ..............
Prohibition of discrimination against the handi-

capped in federally assisted programs operated

by the Department of Commerce
Procedures for a voluntary labeling program for

household appliances and equipment to effect

energy conservation.....
Procedures for the development of voluntary

product standards
Uniform relocation assistance and real property

acquisition for Federal and federally assisted

Fair packaging and labeling
Intergovernmental review of Department of Com-

merce programs and activities ....








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Procedural rules for proceedings conducted pursu

ant to enforcement of Executive Order 11246, as
amended, and rules, regulations, and orders

Service of process
Testimony by employees and production of docu-

ments in civil legal proceedings not involving

the United States ............
Procedures for a voluntary consumer product in-

formation labeling program
Licensing of Government-owned inventions in the

custody of the Department of Commerce
Attorney's fees and other expenses .... ..................
Productivity, technology and innovation........
Nondiscrimination on the basis of age in programs

or activities receiving Federal financial assist

Administrative offset.
Salary offset .............
Use of penalty mail in the location and recovery

of missing children.....

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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.

Subpart H-Disciplinary Actions Concerning

Post-Employment Conflict of Interest Violations

Subpart C—Statutory Limitations Upon

Employee Conduct 0.735-9 Employee responsibilities. Subpart D-Regulatory Limitations Upon

Employee Conduct 0.735-10 Administrative extension of statu

tory limitations. 0.735-10a Proscribed actions. 0.735-11 Gifts, 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 infor

mation. 0.735-16 Indebtedness. 0.735-17 Gambling, betting, and lotteries. 0.735-18 General conduct prejudicial to

the Government. 0.735-19 Reporting undue influence to su


0.735-42 Scope. 0.735-43 Report of violations and investiga

tion. 0.735-44 Initiation of proceedings. 0.735-45 Notice. 0.735-46 Hearing. 0.735-47 Decision absent a hearing. 0.735-48 Administrative appeal. 0.735-49 Sanctions. 0.735-50 Judicial review. APPENDIX A-STATUTES GOVERNING CONDUCT





AUTHORITY: E.O. 11222 of May 8, 1965, 30 FR 6469, 3 CFR, 1965 Supp.; 5 CFR 735.104, unless otherwise noted.

SOURCE: 32 FR 15222, Nov. 2, 1967, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart E-Statements of Employment and

Financial Interests 0.735-20 General provisions. 0.735-21 Form and content of statements. 0.735-22 Employees required to submit

statements. 0.735-22a 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 em

ployees. 0.735-28 Information not required. 0.735-29 Confidentiality of employees'


Subpart A-General Provisions

8 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 prescribe additional standards of ethical and other conduct and reporting requirements deemed appropriate in the light of the particular functions and activities of this Department.

(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 full-time 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.

$ 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.

Subpart B-General Policy

$ 0.735-4 Definitions.

For purposes of this part, except as otherwise indicated in this part:

(a) “Employee" (1) Shall include: (i) 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 paragraph (a)(1) of this section;

(ii) 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

8 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 officers of the Government. A public office is a public trust. No public officer can lawfully engage in business activities which are incompatible with the duties of his office. 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.)

8 0.735-6 Standards required in the Feder

al service. 5 CFR 735.101 states: “The maintenance of unusually high standards of honesty, integrity, impartiality, and ployee 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

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.” 8 0.735–7 Special requirements of the De

partment. 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.

8 0.735-10 Administrative extension of

statutory limitations. The provisions of the statutes identified in this part which relate to the ethical and other conduct of Federal employees are adopted and will be enforced as administrative regulations, violations of which may in appropriate cases be the basis for disciplinary action, including removal. The fact that a statute which may relate to employee conduct is not identified in this part does not mean that it may not be the basis for disciplinary action against an employee.

8 0.735-8 Limitations on private activities

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 outside applicable statutory limitations and regulatory limitations.

$ 0.735–10a Proscribed actions.

An employee shall avoid any action, whether or not specifically prohibited by this subpart, which might result in, or create the appearance of:

(a) Using public office for private gain;

(b) Giving preferential treatment to any person;

(c) Impeding Government efficiency or economy;

(d) Losing complete independence or impartiality;

(e) Making a government decision outside official channels; or

(f) Affecting adversely the confidence of the public in the integrity of the Government.

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 em

$ 0.735-11 Gifts, entertainment, and

favors. (a) General limitations. Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (f) of this section, an employee shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan, payment of expenses, fee, compensation, or any other thing of monetary value, for himself or other person, from a person who:

(1) Has, or is seeking to obtain, contractual or other business or financial


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