Lobbying and Publicity or Propaganda Guidelines

Distributed by HHS Office of the General Counsel, Ethics Division, 7/2/10

The Anti-Lobbying Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1913

Appropriations Acts Riders

Provisions Applicable to HHS Officers and Employees

Provisions Applicable to HHS Contractors and Grantees

Recommended Actions to Avoid Lobbying or Publicity or Propaganda Allegations

Footnotes:

  1. Division C, Title VII, § 717, Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2010, as enacted by § 4, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Pub. L. 111-117, 123 Stat. 3034, 3210 (December 16, 2009). Back
  2. Division D, Title V, § 503, Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Act, 2010, as enacted by § 4, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Publ L. 111-117, 123 Stat. 3034, 3279 (December 16, 2009). Back
  3. Althogh useful sources on appropriations matters, the opinions and legal interpretations of the Comptroller General and the Government Accountabilty Office (formerly General Accounting Office) are not binding upon departments or agencies of the executive branch. See Bowsher v. synar, 478 U.S. 714, 727-32 (1986); Implementation of the Bid Protest Provisions of the Competition in Contracting Act, 8 Op. O.L.C. 236 (1984). Back
  4. Division C, Title VII, § 720, Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2010, as enacted by § 4, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Pub. L. 111-117, 123 Stat. 3034, 3210 (December 16, 2009). Back
  5. The recipients of federal contracts, grants, or loans or the funded parties to cooperative agreements are also prohibited from using such funds to lobby in connection with the award, extension, continuation, renewal, amendment, or nmodification of the funding mechanism under which monetary assistnce was received. 31 U.S.C. § 1352(a) (known as the Byrd Amendment). Back

Updated: 2/19/13