|1992-March-11||Application for 18 U.S.C. § 205 to Proposed “Master Amici”||18 U.S.C. § 205 precludes attorneys in the executive branch from serving as “master amici” in the Court of Veterans Appeals.|
|2002-August-22||Application of 44 U.S.C. § 1903 to Procurement of Printing of Government Publications||Section 1903 of title 44 of the United States Code does not prevent executive agencies from using private printers at agency expense to print copies of government publications for their own use while at the same time requisitioning depository copies from the Government Printing Office at GPO expense.|
|2004-June-22||Application of 18 U.S.C. 207(f) to a Former Senior Employee||18 U.S.C. ' 207(f) prohibits a former senior employee of an Executive Branch department from representing a foreign entity before Members of Congress within one year of the termination of his employment.|
|2002-February-28||Application of 18 U.S.C. § 203 to Former Employee's Receipt of Attorney's Fees in Qui Tam Action||Title 18, section 203, U.S. Code, would not bar a former federal employee from sharing in attorney's fees in a qui tam action, provided that those fees, calculated under the lodestar formula, are prorated such that the former employee does not receive any fees attributable to his time in the government.|
|2001-November-01||Application of 18 U.S.C. § 208 to Trustees of Private Trusts||Although a trustee of a private trust, solely by virtue of his capacity as a trustee, should not be deemed to have a personal financial interest in the property of the trust, a trustee of a private trust may have such an interest under certain circumstances. Further, a trustee of a private trust also should be considered to be serving in the capacity of a “trustee” of an “organization” for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 208(a).|
|2005-November-23||Application of 18 U.S.C. 1913 to “Grass Roots” Lobbying by Union Representatives|
|Under 18 U.S.C. 1913, federal employees who are union representatives may not use official time to engage in “grass roots” lobbying in which, on behalf of their unions, they ask members of the public to communicate with government officials in support of, or opposition to, legislation or other measures.|
|1998-August-24||Application of 18 U.S.C. § 208 to Service by Executive Branch Employees on Boards of Standard-Setting Organizations||Under 18 U.S.C. § 208, a federal employee may serve as a member of the board of a private voluntary standards organization to the extent necessary to permit participation in his or her official capacity in the organization's standard-setting activities. |
|2000-September-07||Application of 18 U.S.C. § 209 to Employee-Inventors Who Receive Outside Royalty Payments||A federal government employee who obtains patent rights to an invention made in the course of federal employment ordinarily does not violate 18 U.S.C. § 209 by licensing the patent rights to a private entity and receiving royalty payments in exchange, because the payments are not “compensation for [the employee's] services” in the government.|
|1994-November-07||Application of 18 U.S.C. § 205 to Communications Between the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys and the Department of Justice|
The restrictions of 18 U.S.C. § 205 preclude current federal employees from representing the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys (“NAAUSA”) before the Department of Justice regarding compensation, workplace issues, and other issues that focus on the interests of Assistant United States Attorneys (“AUSAs”) or another discrete and identifiable class of persons or entities.
Section 205 does not preclude several other kinds of communications between the Department and NAAUSA or similar associations. The Department is not precluded from dealing with individual AUSAs or groups of AUSAs in their official capacities on matters affecting AUSAs, even if those AUSAs are coincidentally members of NAAUSA. Nor does section 205 place any restrictions on representatives who are not current federal employees, such as NAAUSA's executive director or former AUSAs no longer employed by the government. Finally, discussions of broad policy directed towards a large and diverse group of persons would be permissible under the statute.
|1999-January-11||Application of 18 U.S.C. § 205 to Employees Serving on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act Assignment||A federal employee assigned to a state or local government or other non-federal entity under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act is not prohibited by 18 U.S.C. § 205 from representing the interest of the non-federal entity before the federal government, including the employee's agency, if such representational activity is affirmatively included with the scope of the employee's assignment as determined by the federal agency head.|