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Part 1506

Employee standards of conduct.

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Subpart F-Public Financial Disclosure Require

ments for Special Government Employees

Subpart C-Public Financial Disclosure

Requirements for Employees 1506.301 Employees subject to financial

disclosure requirements. 1506.302 When to file 278 forms. 1506.303 Where to file 278 forms. 1506.304 Procedure for completing 278

forms. 1506.305 Special rules for completing 278

forms. 1506.306 Special rules for reporting trust

interests and assets. 1506.307 Custody of completed 278 forms. 1506.308 Public access to completed 278

forms. 1506.309 Review of completed 278 forms

and remedial action. 1506.310 Procedure after review of addi

tional information. 1506.311 Procedure upon employee's refus

al to comply. 1506.312 Advisory opinions and situation

lists. 1506.313 Penalties for failure to file or fal

sifying 278 forms.

1506.601 Special Government employees

subject to public financial disclosure re

quirements. 1506.602 Applicability of subpart C to spe

cial Government employees. 1506.603 Exception for special Government

employees who are employed for less

than sixty days. 1506.604 Special waiver of public disclosure

requirement for special Government employees.

Subpart G-Confidential Disclosure By Special

Government Employees

1506.701 Special Government employees

required to submit confidential statements of employment and financial interests.

Sec. 1506.702 Time and place for submission of

confidential statements. 1506.703 Custody and review of confiden

tial statements; remedial action. AUTHORITY: E.O. 11222, 3 CFR, 1964-1965 Comp., p. 306; E.O. 12142, 44 FR 36927; 5 CFR 735.104; Pub. L. 95-521, as amended by Pub. L. 96-19.

SOURCE: 45 FR 60371, Sept. 11, 1980, unless otherwise noted.

Subpart A-General Provisions; Notice to Employees; Advisory


consideration or as a fee for an appearance, speech, or article.

(c) “Person" means an individual, a corporation, a company, an association, a firm, a partnership, a society, a joint stock company, or any other group, organization or institution.

(d) “Special Government employee" means an officer or employee of the OFI 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 either on a full-time or intermittent basis.

(e) “Project sponsor" means one of the persons designated to construct and operate a portion of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation system.

(f) “Logistics agreement” means an agreement negotiated with a project sponsor governing the provision to OFI field employees of food, lodging, transportation, and medical and office facilities by the project sponsor. Logistics agreements are entered into because of the scarcity of such facilities in remote areas along the project route.

$ 1506.101 Purpose.

It is the purpose of these regulations to set high ethical standards of conduct for employees of the Office of the Federal Inspector (OFI). The OFI is a unique agency in a number of conduct-related ways, stemming mainly from its character as a project-specific agency. The OFI is charged with expediting the regulatory processes involved in the construction of a single pipeline system designed to transport Alaska Natural Gas to the contiguous states. Thus, OFI employees deal closely with the sponsors of, and governmental bodies involved in, just one project. On the first anniversary of the completion of the project, the OFI will cease to exist. These regulations reflect the unique charter of this project-specific agency. $ 1506.102 Authority.

These regulations are promulgated pursuant to Executive Orders 11222, 11590 and 12142, to section 7(a)(5) of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Act, to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, and to implementing regulations of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

$ 1506.104 Coverage.

(a) The provisions of Subpart A of this part apply to all regular employees and all special Government employees.

(b) The provisions of Subpart B of this part apply to all regular employ


$ 1506.103 Definitions.

In these regulations:

(a) “Employee" means an officer or employee of the Office of the Federal Inspector for the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System.

(b) “Honorarium” means a payment of money or anything of value received by an officer or employee of the Federal Government, if accepted as

(c) The provisions of Subpart C of this part apply to all senior Executive Service employees, both special and regular, and to the Federal Inspector.

(d) The provisions of Subpart D of this part apply to those regular employees who meet the criteria set forth in the first section of that subpart, § 1506.401.

(e) The provisions of Subpart E of this part apply to all special Government employees.

(f) The provisions of Subpart F of this part apply to special Government employees who are paid at a rate equivalent to GS-16 or above.

(g) The provisions of Subpart G of this part apply to those special Government employees who meet the criSubpart B-Rules of Conduct for

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teria set forth in the first section of that subpart, $ 1506.701. 8 1506.105 Notice to employees.

(a) Each employee and special Government employee shall be furnished a copy of these regulations within 90 days of their effective date.

(b) Each new employee and special Government employee shall be furnished a copy of these regulations at the time of his or her entrance on duty.

(c) Thereafter, each employee and special Government employee shall be reminded of these regulations once a year and shall be informed on a timely basis of any changes in these regulations.

(d) The agency ethics officers shall have copies of all pertinent laws, executive orders, OFI regulations and OGE regulations available for review by employees and special Government employees.

8 1506.201 Generally prohibited conduct.

An employee shall avoid any action 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.

8 1506.106 Interpretation and advisory

service. (a) There shall be an advisory service which will furnish interpretations and advice to employees and to special Government employees on questions which they may have concerning these regulations.

(d) The General Counsel of the OFI shall be the Designated Agency Ethics Officer (ethics officer). The ethics officer shall coordinate the agency's counseling and interpretation services and serve as the OFI designee to the OGE on appropriate matters.

(c) The Federal Inspector and the General Counsel shall appoint such deputy ethics officers as they deem necessary.

(d) Each employee and special Government employee shall be informed of the availability of the advisory service within 90 days after these regulations become effective. New employees, both special and regular, shall be informed about this service upon entrance on duty.

(e) Any employee or special Government employee who has a question about the application of these regulations has a duty to consult the ethics officer or deputy officer concerning the question.

8 1506.202 Acceptance and solicitation of

gifts, entertainment, and favors. (a) Apart from the exceptions listed in paragraph (b) of this section, an employee shall neither solicit nor accept ar gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan, or any thing of monetary value from a person who:

(1) Has, or is seeking to obtain, contractual business or financial relations with the OFI;

(2) Is regulated by the OFI; or

(3) Has interests that may be substantially affected by the performance of the employee's official duty.

(b) Exceptions to the prohibitions of paragraph (a) of this section are:

(1) An employee may accept food and refreshments of nominal value on infrequent occasions in the ordinary course of a luncheon or dinner meeting when, and only when, it is impracticable to pay for the food or refreshments, and

(2) An employee may accept unsolicited promotional materials, such as pens, pencils, note pads, and calendars which are of nominal value.

(c) An employee shall not solicit a contribution from another employee for a gift to an official superior, make a donation as a gift to an official superior, or accept a gift from an employee receiving less pay than himself. However, this paragraph does not prohibit a voluntary gift of nominal value on a

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