USGS Ethics Team

Ethics Regulations and Statutes

Below is a list of regulations and statutes relevant to the Ethics program. 

Basic Obligations of Public Service

The Principles of Ethical Conduct were established by Executive Order 12674, modified by Executive Order 12731, as basic principles regarding the conduct of federal employees. It is important that Federal employees observe these principles in order to promote confidence in the integrity of the federal government.

Criminal Ethics Statutes

United States Code, Title 18 contains the criminal conflict of interest statutes applicable to employees in the executive branch of the government. 

Government Ethics Regulations

The Standards were developed by the Office of Government Ethics and set forth the basic obligation of public service. 

  • 5 C.F.R 2634 – Executive Branch Financial Disclosure, Qualified Trusts, and Certificates of Divestiture
  • 5 C.F.R 2635 - Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch
  • 5 C.F.R 2638 – Executive Branch Ethics Program
    • Subpart A – Mission and Responsibilities
    • Subpart B – Procedures for Executive Branch Ethics Program
    • Subpart C – Government Ethics Education
  • 5 C.F.R 2640 – Interpretation, Exemptions, and Waiver Guidance Concerning 18 U.S.C. 208 (Acts Affecting A Personal Financial Interest)
  • 5 C.F.R 2641 – Post-employment Conflict of Interest Restrictions

DOI Specific Regulations

  • 5 C.F.R. 3501 – Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Department of the Interior
    • 3501.101 - General
    • 3501.102 – Designation of Separate Agency Components
    • 3501.103 – Prohibited Interests in Federal Lands
    • 3501.104 – Prohibited Interests in Mining
    • 3501.105 – Outside Employment and Activities
  • 43 C.F.R. 20 – Public Lands: Interior, Employee Responsibilities and Conduct
    • Subpart A – General Provisions
    • Subpart B – Department Ethics Program
    • Subpart C – Acceptance and Payment of Travel and Related Expenses
    • Subpart D – Special Provisions Governing Financial and Other Outside Interests of Certain Employees of the Department
    • Subpart E – Other Employee Conduct Provisions
    • Subpart F – Disciplinary and Remedial Action

Other Laws and Regulations

Legal Interpretations

Judicial opinions, opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, and other guidance interpreting the conflict of interest laws.

Executive Orders

Executive Orders that are of current or historical significance to the executive branch ethics program.