ETHICS RULES. WARNER MEADOWS AFRC/JAA 478-327-1590 Dec 2011. TOPICS. GIFTS FUNDRAISERS POLITICAL ACTIVITIES. GIFTS. GIFT RULES FALL INTO TWO CATEGORIES: GIFTS FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES GIFTS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES BASIC RULE: CANNOT SOLICIT GIFTS/DONATIONS CANNOT ACCEPT GIFTS/DONATIONS
Modest food items other than a meal
Anything paid for by the got
Presentation items of little intrinsic value
PAID FAIR MARKET VALUE
Rewards and prizes open to the public
Commercial Discounts Available to the public
Gifts to the GovernmentGIFTS
Gifts <$20, aggregate
<$50 per source in calendar year
Not cash, stocks, or bonds
Cannot “Buy Down”
Not given b/c of their government job
Contractor does not pay for the gift
GIFT NOT GIVEN BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT POSITIONGIFTS – COMMON GIFT EXCEPTIONS
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On an occasional basis <$10.
Traditional gift giving occasions
On specific infrequent occasion of personal significance,
no dollar limit
gift must be appropriate to the occasion
Marriage, illness, birth, death
Termination of relationship through transfer, resignation, retirementGIFTS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES
FOR OTHERS IN THE RIGHT WAY
Combined federal campaign
Air force assistance fund
CHURCH LUNCH SALES?
CUPCAKE COLLECTIONS FOR LOCAL WOMEN'S SHELTER?
COLLECTIONS FOR NON-BASE AFFILIATED FLOWERS FOR FUNERAL?
be candidates for public office in nonpartisan elections (military rules)
register and vote
assist in voter registration drives (as long as not specific to partisan party)
express opinions about candidates and issues (not in workplace or on official government time) (subordinates)
contribute money to political organizations
attend and participate (not military) in political fundraising functions (may not solicit or receive campaign funds)PERMISSIBLE ACTIVITIES
attend and be active (not military) at political rallies and meetings
join and be an active (not military) member of a political party or club
sign and circulate nominating petitions
campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments, municipal ordinances
campaign for or against candidates (not military)
make campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections (not military)
distribute campaign literature (not military)
hold office in political clubs/parties (not military)
volunteer to work on a partisan political campaign (not military)PERMISSIBLE ACTIVITIES
using their official authority or influence to interfere with or affect the result of an election;
knowingly soliciting, accepting, or receiving a political contribution from any person
knowingly soliciting or discouraging the participation in any political activity of anyone who has business pending before their employing agency
Discussions with subordinatesPROHIBITIONS:Official or Unofficial CapaCITY
However, these official photographs must be displayed in a traditional size and manner and should not be altered in anyway (e.g., the addition of halos or horns).
Pictures that are distributed by the President’s campaign or a partisan organization, such as the Democratic National Committee or Organizing for America, are not official, even if they depict the President performing an official act.
Similarly, pictures downloaded from the internet or clipped from magazines or newspapers, screens savers and life-size cutouts are not official photographs for purposes of this exception.OFFICIAL PHOTOS OF PRESIDENT
the photograph was on display in advance of the election season;
the employee is in the photograph with the candidate;
and the photograph is a personal one (i.e., the employee has a personal relationship with the candidate and the photograph is taken at some kind of personal event or function, for example, a wedding, and not at a campaign event or some other type of partisan political event).PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS