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OGE Rule Would Ban Lobbyist Gifts to Fed Workers

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A proposed rule from the Office of Government Ethics would require federal employees to refuse all gifts from lobbyists and lobbying firms.

The OGE released the rule for comment in the Sept. 13 Federal Register, extending the rule to employees not considered political appointees.

Under current policy, federal employees cannot receive gifts worth more than $20 at one time and more than $50 within one year from a single source or company.

The proposed rule also seeks to curb federal employee attendance at social events such as movie screenings and cocktail parties.

Federal employees would still be allowed attend educational and professional development events, and can speak or present information on behalf of the government at such events.

In January 2009, President Barack Obama issued an executive order requiring all agency employees to sign an ethics pledge.

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