Conflict of Interest


  • You may not do government work on a particular matter that will affect the financial interest of you, your spouse, minor children, general partner, organization with which you are negotiating or have arrangement for future employment, or any organization for which you serve as an employee, officer, director, trustee, or general partner.

  • You may not seek or accept anything of value, other than your salary, for being influenced in your official duties.

  • You may not knowingly solicit or make solicited sales to personnel who are junior in rank, grade, or position (or their families).

  • You generally may not represent anyone outside the Government before a Federal agency or court, or share in any compensation for such representation made by anyone else, if the government is involved in the matter.

  • You may not accept compensation from any source except the Government for your services as a Government employee.

Army employees must refrain from any private business, professional activity or from having direct or indirect financial interest which would place them in a position where there is a conflict between their private interests and the public interests of the United States Government, particularly those related to their duties and responsibilities as Army personnel. Even though a technical conflict may not exist, they must avoid even the appearance of such a conflict from a public confidence point of view.

Additionally, employees may not engage in any private business, professional activity, or financial transaction that involves the direct or indirect use, or the appearance of such use, of inside information gained through an Army position. This includes engaging in any teaching, lecturing, or writing that is dependent on information obtained as a result of Government employment, unless that information has been published or is available to the public.

For more information view Conflicts of Interest - How to Avoid the Headaches".

If you have questions on your particular situation, please contact your ethics counselor in advance. It is much easier and safer for you to get advice ahead of time, than it is to try to undo inappropriate actions.

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