Seeking Outside Employment
Applying for your dream job? Is that company affected by your Government work? As a Federal Government employee, you have been placed in a position of trust and are held to a high standard of ethical conduct. For more information on the ethics laws regarding seeking employment, please contact your agency's ethics office. READ BELOW
WHAT WAS THIS PERSON THINKING?
An Army Brigadier General participated personally and substantially as an advocate and approval authority in an effort to increase funding on a task order with a Government contractor even while actively seeking employment with that company. His efforts did not rise to the level of "negotiating" employment so he did not violate the criminal prohibition of 18 U.S.C. § 208, but was still in violation of 5 C.F.R. § 2635.604 when he took official action on behalf of a company with which he was seeking employment instead of disqualifying himself from the particular matter. He also extended official travel time and claimed unauthorized travel expenses in order to go to job interviews and participate in other job seeking activities to the point of actually excusing himself from official meetings.
His official participation in a particular matter on behalf of a company with which he was seeking employment violated Federal conflict of interest regulation.