Advisory Letters, Memoranda And Formal Opinions
The Office of Government Ethics provides both informal advisory letters and memoranda and formal opinions concerning the application of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (including its financial disclosure provisions), the criminal conflict of interest laws, the administrative standards of ethical conduct and related Executive orders, and other administrative regulations issued by OGE.
At the discretion of the Director, formal advisory opinions will be rendered on matters of general applicability or on important matters of first impression. Where a request does not meet the requirements for a formal advisory opinion, the Office of Government Ethics may respond by way of an informal advisory letter or memorandum.
The informal advisory letters and memoranda and formal opinions for the period 1979-1988 have been published in a bound volume by the Government Printing Office. Annual supplements to the bound volume have been published in a loose-leaf format and are current through calendar year 1998. These opinions are also available in the Advisory Opinions section of the Office of Government Ethics web site.