Academic journal article Journal of Power and Ethics

DOD General Counsel Memorandum, Subject: Incentives for Performance of Official Duty (April 15, 1996)

Academic journal article Journal of Power and Ethics

DOD General Counsel Memorandum, Subject: Incentives for Performance of Official Duty (April 15, 1996)

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL
1 600 DEFEN SE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301A1600

April 15, 1996

MEMORANDUM FOR DESIGNATED AGENCY ETHICS OFFICIALS DEPUTY DESIGNATED AGENCY ETHICS OFFICIALS

SUBJECT: Incentives for Performance of Official Duty

Interesting facts have recently come to light in a Component of the Department of Defense (DoD). A DoD employee in charge of the Component's Saving Bond Campaign, an official program of the Federal Government, decided to encourage attendance by canvassers at the orientation meeting by giving out door prizes at the meeting. The prizes came from the local Credit Union, Civilian Welfare Fund, etc. One prize was the temporary use of an executive parking space.

Issues regarding solicitation of gifts from non-Federal entities, especially from prohibited sources, were addressed immediately and the DoD Component was strongly urged to return those prizes to the donors due to the prohibitions in 5 CFR 2635.202(a) and 702(a). The DoD Directive on Savings Bonds, DoDD 5035.6, was silent on the matter of incentive gifts to canvassers, although it specifically prohibits incentive gifts to purchasers of bonds. …

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