Office of Government Ethics Reminds Employees That Outside-Employment Restrictions Still Apply to Furloughed Feds

A March 13 memo sent to agencies from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) reminds federal employees that there are restrictions on outside employment and will apply to them even while on unpaid time off.

“Please remind your agency employees that they must continue to comply with all of the ethics laws and regulations including the criminal conflict of interest laws,” the memo states. It also reminds agencies and employees to keep in mind other government-wide standards of conduct and agency-specific restrictions on outside activities.

The memo points to a 2004 OGE conclusion that clarified furloughed employees are not separated from the civil service, but rather are placed in a temporary non-duty, non-pay status that is similar to taking leave without pay, such as in the case of parental leave.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has also released additional guidance which addresses the effects of furloughs on employees with special pay allowances.

In an earlier guidance, OPM reminded furloughed employees that before they take on outside employment, they “should review these regulations and then consult their agency ethics official to learn if there are any agency-specific supplemental rules governing the employee.”

 

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