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Conflicting Financial Interests

Executive branch employees are prohibited from participating in any matter that will affect certain financial interests including:  

  • the employee
  • the employee's spouse or minor child
  • the employee's general partner
  • an organization in which the employee serves as an officer, director, trustee, general partner or employee, and
  • anyone with whom the employee is negotiating for or has an arrangement concerning prospective employment.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

Employees cannot participate in any matter that would pose a conflict of interest or “recusal”. Options available to avoid recusal include:

  • Obtaining a waiver from the agency
  • Selling off or "divesting" the conflicting interest
  • Resigning from the conflicting position.

Agencies may, by supplemental regulation, prohibit or restrict the holding of certain financial interests by all agency employees or a group of employees, and extend such restrictions to the employee's spouse and minor children.


Reference: 18 U.S.C. § 208; 5 C.F.R. § § 2635.401-403.

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