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sideration for compromise, adjustment, or cancellation of farm indebtedness (18 U.S.C. 217);

(27) The prohibition against an employee acting as an agent of a foreign principal registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (18 U.S.C. 219);

(28) The prohibition against unauthorized use of documents relating to claims from or by the Government (18 U.S.C. 285);

(29) The prohibition against an employee contracting with a Member of Congress (18 U.S.C. 432);

(30) The prohibition against paying a larger sum than appropriated for erection, repair, or furnishing of any public building or improvement thereof (18 U.S.C. 435);

(31) The prohibition against contracting for convict labor (18 U.S.C. 436);

(32) The prohibition against counterfeiting and forging transportation requests (18 U.S.C. 508);

(33) The prohibition against acceptance of excessive honorariums (18 U.S.C. 616 repealed, now 2 U.S.C. 4411);

(34) The prohibition against embezzlement of Government money or property (18 U.S.C. 641);

(35) The prohibition against failing to account for public money (18 U.S.C. 643);

(36) The prohibition against misuse of public funds by custodian (18 U.S.C. 648);

(37) The prohibition against custodian failing to deposit money in his or her possession (18 U.S.C. 649);

(38) The prohibition against disbursing officers falsely certifying full payment (18 U.S.C. 651);

(39) The prohibition against disbursing officers paying less than lawful amount (18 U.S.C. 652);

(40) The prohibition against disbursing officers misusing public funds (18 U.S.C. 653);

(41) The prohibition against embezzlement of the money or property of another person in the possession of an employee by reason of his or her employment (18 U.S.C. 654);

(42) The prohibition against the embezzlement of money or property of the Federal Crop Insurance Corpora

tion and the Farmers Home Administration, and of pledged or entrusted property (18 U.S.C. 657);

(43) The prohibition against the conversion of property mortgaged

or pledged to the Farmers Home Administration and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, with intent to defraud (18 U.S.C. 658);

(44) The prohibitions against the disclosure of classified information (18 U.S.C. 798, 50 U.S.C. 783);

(45) The prohibition against extor. tion by Government employees (18 U.S.C. 872);

(46) The prohibition against fraud or fals statements in a Government matter (18 U.S.C. 1001);

(47) The prohibition against the making of false entries, or participation in any benefit through any transaction in connection with Departmental activities concerned with agricul. tural loans (18 U.S.C. 1006);

(48) The prohibition against the making of false statements or reports, or wilfully overvaluing land, property or security to influence action in connection with agricultural loans (18 U.S.C. 1014);

(49) The prohibition against depredation of Government property (18 U.S.C. 1361);

(50) The prohibition against the misuse of the franking privilege (18 U.S.C. 1719);

(51) The prohibition against the wilful disclosure of official information which might influence or affect the market value of crops prior to authorized publication. An employee acquiring by reason of his or her employment, information to the market value of agricultural crops, which information is required to be withheld, is prohibited from speculating in such product (18 U.S.C. 1902);

(52) The prohibition against the disclosure of confidential information (18 U.S.C. 1905);

(53) The prohibition against speculation in agricultural commodities to which the Federal Crop Insurance Act applies or to contracts relating thereto, or stock or membership interests of corporations or associations handling such commodities by any person administering such law (18 U.S.C. 1903);


(65) The prohibition against expenditure or obligation in excess of amount apportioned or appropriation available (31 U.S.C. 665); and

(66) The prohibition against acceptance of voluntary services (31 U.S.C. 665).

(67) The prohibition against failure to file or the filing of a false financial disclosure report (section 204(a), Pub. L. 95-521; 5 U.S.C. App.);

(68) The prohibitions against prohibited personnel practices (5 U.S.C. 2302);

(69) The prohibition against the use of information obtained in the course of employment to speculate or to aid another in speculating on any commodity exchange (50 U.S.C. App. 2160 (f)).

(b) This section does not purport to enumerate or paraphrase all statutory restrictions imposed on employees. The omission of a restriction in no way relieves an employee of the legal effect of such restriction. (43 FR 43431, Sept. 26, 1978, as amended at 46 FR 22354, Apr. 17, 1981)

(54) The prohibition against lobbying with appropriated funds (18 U.S.C. 1913);

(55) The prohibition against the use of deceit in an examination or personnel action in connection with Government employment (18 U.S.C. 1917);

(56) The prohibition against mutilating or destroying a public record (18 U.S.C. 2071);

(57) The prohibition against the compilation of issuance of false crop reports (18 U.S.C. 2072);

(58) The prohibition against employee making false or fictitious entry or record in a matter related to his or her duties (18 U.S.C. 2073);

(59) The prohibition against any person using to his or her own advantage or improperly revealing information concerning trade secrets acquired under the Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 458);

(60) The prohibition against the acceptance by an employee of money or other things of value given with intent to influence a decision in connection with the performance of duties under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, or when received from a person or firm engaged in commerce given for any purpose whatever (21 U.S.C. 622);

(61) The tax imposed on certain employees (e.g., Presidential appointees, employees excepted under Schedule C, employees in GS-16 or above or a comparable pay level) who knowingly engage in self-dealing with a private foundation (26 U.S.C. 4941, 4946). "Self-dealing" is defined in the statute to include certain transactions involving an employee's receipt of pay, a loan, or reimbursement for travel or other expenses from, or his or her sale to or purchase of property from, a private foundation;

(62) The prohibition against any employee subject to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act from owning any direct or indirect financial, real property, employment and/or creditor interests in an underground or surface coal-mining operation (30 U.S.C. 1201);

(63) The prohibition against false claims (31 U.S.C. 231);

(64) The prohibition against the misuse of a Government vehicle (31 U.S.C. 638a);

Subpart C—Statements of Employment and Financial Interests

8 0.735-31 Employees required to submit

statements under the Executive order. Except as provided in g 0.735-32, the following employees shall submit a statement of employment and financial interests on USDA Form AD-392 in accordance with this part:

(a) Employees classified at GS-13 through 15 under 5 U.S.C. 5332, or at a comparable pay level under other authority who are in positions the basic duties and responsibilities of which require the incumbent to exercise judgment in making a Government decision or in taking Government action on contracting or procurement, administering or monitoring grants or subsi. dies, regulating or auditing private or other non-Federal enterprise, or other activities where the decision or action has an economic impact on the interests of any non-Federal enterprise;

(b) Employees classified at GS-13 through 15 under 5 U.S.C. 5332, or a comparable pay level under other authority, who are in positions which

the Agency has determined have involvement in a conflict-of-interest duties and responsibilities which re- situation is remote, or quire that the incumbents report their (2) The duties of a position are at employment and financial interests in

such a level of responsibility that the order to avoid involvement in a possi- submission of a statement of employble conflict-of-interest situation and

ment and financial interests is not neccarry out the purpose of law, Execu

essary because of the degree of supertive Order, Part 735 of the Office of

vision and review over the incumbent Personnel Management's regulations,

or the inconsequential effect on the this part, and applicable Agency regu

integrity of the Government. lations; (c) Employees classified below GS-13

(c) Exceptions will be considered by under 5 U.S.C. 5332, or at a compara

the Department Counselor at the reble pay level under other authority,

quest of the Agency Head. where the Agency has determined

(d) An employee shall be afforded that they are in positions which other

the opportunity for a review, through wise meet the criteria in paragraphs the Departmental grievance procedure (a) and (b) of this section, and that as described in Chapter 771 of the Destatements from them are essential to

partment Personnel Manual, of the protect the integrity of the Govern- designation of his or her position as ment and avoid employee involvement one requiring the submission of a in a possible conflict-of-interest situa- statement of employment and finantion, provided such determination has cial interests. been approved in writing by the Office of Personnel Management; and

(47 FR 12608, Mar. 24, 1982) (d) All employees regardless of

8 0.735-33 Identification of employees regrade, pay level or type of appoint

quired to submit statements. ment who perform any function or duty under the Surface Mining Con

Agency Heads are responsible for trol and Reclamation Act of 1977 identifying those employees who are (Pub. L. 95-87) unless he or she files a required to file statements of outside financial disclosure report under the employment and financial interests provisions of the Ethics in Govern- under $0.735-31. For control and rement Act of 1978 (see $ 0.735-32(a)). porting purposes, those employees re

(e) An employee who refuses to file a quired to submit statements shall be statement for reasons other than that specifically identified in the personnel the duties and responsibilities of the records system. position do not come within the criteria for reporting as set forth in this 8 0.735–34 Time and place for submission part, or who refuses to file after a of employees' statements. final determination that the duties

(a) When a decision is reached to and responsibilities of the position do come within the criteria, will be sub

make an appointment to a position reject to appropriate disciplinary action.

quiring submission of a statement of

employment and financial interests, (47 FR 12608, Mar. 24, 1982)

the prospective employee should be in

formed. 8 0.735-32 Exceptions.

(b) Employees covered under $ 0.735(a) Employees covered under $ 0.735- 31 will submit statements to the 44 are not required to file employment Agency Head or to an employee desig. and financial interest statements nated by him or her. under $ 0.735-31.

(c) Agencies are responsible for as(b) Employees in positions that meet

suring that persons subject to the rethe criteria in g 0.735-31(a) may be ex

porting requirements are notified of cluded from the reporting requirement

those requirements and are provided when the Department Counselor de

the necessary forms and instructions. termines that:

(1) The duties of a position are such (47 FR 12608, Mar. 24, 1982) that the likelihood of the incumbent's

80.735-35 Supplementary statements.

Changes in, or additions to, the in. formation contained in an employee's statement of employment and finan. cial interests shall be reported in an annual supplementary statement as of March 31 and submitted no later than April 30 of each year. If no changes or additions occur, a report so stating is required. Notwithstanding the filing of the annual statement required by this section, each employee shall at all times avoid acquiring a financial interest or taking an action that could result in violation of the conflicts-ofinterests provisions of section 208 of Title 18, United States Code, $ 0.735-14.

nishings, automobile, education, vacation, and similar expenses. Indebtedness on owner-occupied farms must be reported.

(c) A list of interests in real property or rights in land and minerals such as farmland, timberland and/or undeveloped land with their value, total acreage, total number of farm animals, types of crops, types of farm animals, number of acres of each crop and/or number of each farm animal, average annual income derived from sales of crops and/or farm animals, other than property which the employee occupies as a personal residence. Owner-occupied farms must be listed. Property acquired for the personal use of the employee and members of his or her family, such as beach lots and cemetary lots need not be listed.

(d) The interests and obligations as listed above of a spouse, minor child, or relative who are full-time residents of the employee's household.


8 0.735–36 Types of interests to be report

ed. The employment and financial interests statements shall include the fol. lowing:

(a) A list of the names of all corporations, companies, firms, or other business enterprises, partnerships, nonprofit organizations and educational or other institutions with which the employee is connected as an employee, officer, owner, director, trustee, member, partner, advisor, or consultant, or in which he or she has any continuing financial interest through a pension or retirement plan, shared income or otherwise as a result of any current or prior employment or business or professional associations, or in which he or she has any financial or beneficial interest through the ownership of stock, stock options, bonds, securities or other arrangements including trusts. The dollar value of each fi. nancial interest must be listed on the financial statement. Shares in credit unions, building and loan associations, social or religious organizations, or deposits in savings and loan associations and banks, and interests exempted under g 0.735-14(c) need not be reported.

(b) A list of the names of his or her creditors other than those to whom he or she may be indebted by reason of mortgage on property which he or she occupies as a personal residence or to whom he or she may be indebted for current and ordinary household and living expenses such as household fur

8 0.735-37 Information prohibited.

The regulations in this part do not require an employee to submit any information relating to the employee's connection with, or interest in, a union, professional society or a charitable, religious, social, fraternal, recreational, public service, civic, or political organization or similar organization not conducted as a business enterprise. For the purpose of this section, educational and other institutions doing research and development or related work involving grants of money from or contracts with the Government are deemed "business enterprises” and are required to be included in employee's statement of employment and financial interests.

8 0.735-38 Interests of employee's rela

tives. (a) The financial interest of a spouse, minor child, or other member of an employee's immediate household shall be reported to the same extent as the financial interest of the reporting employee. An “other member” of the immediate household means a rel. ative who is a full-time resident of the employee's household ($ 0.735-2(i)).

(b) The employment of such persons need not be reported unless such person is engaged in an activity, which if held by the employee, would place him or her in a conflict or apparent conflict-of-interest situation.

80.735-39 Information not known by em

ployee. If any information required to be included on a statement of employment and financial interests, or supplement thereto, including holdings placed in trusts, is not known to the employee but is known to another person, the employee shall ask such person to furnish the information in his or her behalf.

held by that special Government employee are of a nature and at such a level of responsibility that the submission of the statement by the incumbent is not necessary to protect the integrity of the Government. For the purpose of this paragraph, “consultant” and “expert” have the meanings given those terms by Chapter 304 of the Federal Personnel Manual but do not include:

(1) A physician, dentist, or allied medical specialist whose services are procured to provide care and service to patients; or

(2) A veterinarian whose services are procured to provide care and service to animals.

(c) A statement of employment and financial interests required to be submitted under this section shall be submitted to the Head of the Agency in which the special Government employee is to serve not later than the time of employment. Each special Government employee shall keep his or her statement of employment and financial interests current throughout his or her employment with the Department by the submission of supplementary statements.

$ 0.735-40 Effect of employee's statement.

The statements of employment and financial interests and supplementary statements required under this part are in addition to, and not in substitution for, or in derogation of, any similar requirement imposed by law, the Executive order, or regulation. The submission of a statement or supplementary statement by an employee does not permit him or her or any other person to participate in a matter in which his or her or the other person's participation is prohibited by law, the Executive order, or the regulations in this part.


8 0.735-41 Specific provisions for special

Government employees. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, each special Government employee shall submit statement of employment and financial interests on USDA Form AD-392A which reports:

(1) All other employment; and

(2) The financial interests of the special Government employee which relate either directly or indirectly to the duties and responsibilities of the special Government employee with the Department.

(b) An Agency Head may waive the requirements in paragraph (a) of this section for the submission of a state. ment of employment and financial interests in the case of a special Govern. ment employee who is not a consultant or expert when the Agency Head finds that the duties of the position

$ 0.735-42 Review of statements and deter

mination of conflicting interests. (a) The Assistant Secretary for Administration is responsible for assuring that all personnel required to file are properly identified, all statements are submitted timely and that Agency Heads identify review officials who possess the knowledge and experience to be able to properly evaluate the listed interest. This pertains to filings under both Executive Order 11222 and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. All Agencies shall report to the Assistant Secretary for Administration by May 30 each year the number of statements submitted, the number that have been closed favorably and the number that have not been closed. In the latter instance, the Assistant Secretary for Administration shall be advised the reasons for the cases remaining open and shall be advised on a monthly basis of the status of all open cases.

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