Now that you are familiar with the ethics regulations while you are an SGE, you should also know that there may be restrictions on your employment AFTER you leave Government service.
(Quick note for filers of the OGE-278e public financial disclosure form: You may not directly negotiate or have any agreement of future employment unless, within three business days after commencement of such negotiation or agreement, you file a notification statement with your Agency's ethics office. See OGE's Legal Advisory LA-12-01 for more information.)
The criminal post-employment statute (Link to 18 U.S.C. 207), imposes a number of different restrictions on the activities of former Government employees. Several of these restrictions provide no special treatment for SGEs. The provisions of section 207 that apply in the same way to both SGEs and regular employees include a:
- Lifetime prohibition on representing another person or organization back to the Government in connection with the same particular Government matter involving specific parties in which the former employee participated personally and substantially
- Two-year prohibition on representing another person or organization back to the Government in connection with the same particular Government matter involving specific parties that were pending under the employee’s official responsibility during the last year of Government employment
- One-year prohibition on representing, aiding, or advising others about certain ongoing trade or treaty negotiations on the basis of certain nonpublic information.