(2) Food and refreshments shared in the office;
(3) Personal hospitality at a residence; or
(4) Appropriate hostess gifts; and
b. On infrequent occasions of personal significance, such as marriage, and on occasions that
terminate the superior-subordinate relationship, such as retirement, permit giving and accepting gifts
appropriate to the occasion. In these cases, employee contributions must be of a nominal value. The
aggregated value of the gifts may not exceed 0 per occasion, nor may one person contribute more
than to this gift. Therefore, the aggregated value of the gift will not exceed either 0 or
times the number of truly voluntary contributors, whichever is less.
5. Conflicting Financial Interests (Synopsis of Subpart D)
DISQUALIFYING FINANCIAL INTERESTS. Under Federal criminal law, an employee is prohibited
from participating in an official capacity in any particular matter in which to his knowledge, he or certain
other persons have a financial interest, if the particular matter will have a direct and predictable effect
on his own or that person's financial interests.
APPLICABILITY. In addition to matters that affect his own financial interests, this prohibition applies to
particular matters that affect the financial interests of:
The employee's spouse, minor child or general partner; or
Any person the employee serves as officer, director, trustee, general partner or employee;
The prohibition also applies to particular matters that affect the financial interest of a person with whom
the employee is negotiating for or has an arrangement concerning future employment. However, this
aspect of the statute is addressed more specifically in subpart F.
DISQUALIFICATION. Disqualification can be accomplished simply by not participating in the matter.
An employee should notify the person responsible for his assignment (his superior) of the need to
SOLUTIONS OTHER THAN DISQUALIFICATION. Disqualification is not required if the financial
interest is the subject of one of the statutory waivers described in subpart D or if the employee has sold
or otherwise divested the conflicting interest. An employee required to divest a financial interest may
be eligible for special tax treatment of the transaction.
6. Impartiality in Performing Duties (Synopsis of Subpart E)
CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN PERSONAL AND BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS. Even though a
disqualification may not be required under subpart D, an employee should not