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Subtitle A-Office of the
Department of the Treasury Employee Rules of
Disclosure of records
National security information
Claims regulations and indemnification of Depart-
Employees' personal property claims
Applications for awards under the Equal Access to
Practice before the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
Effects of imported articles on the national secu-
Practice before the Internal Revenue Service
Procedures for providing assistance to State and
Right to Financial Privacy Act
Post employment conflict of interest
Enforcement of nondiscrimination on the basis of
Officials designated to perform the functions and
Civil penalty assessment for misuse of Department
Federal benefit payments under certain District of
ployees of the Executive Branch (Executive Branch-wide Standards) (5 CFR part 2635) and the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury Supplemental Standards) (to be codified at 5 CFR part 3101). The Rules prescribe employee rules of conduct and procedure and provide for disciplinary action for the violation of the Rules, the Treasury Supplemental Standards, the Executive Branch-wide Standards, and any other rule, regulation or law governing Department employees.
(b) The Rules are not all-inclusive and may be modified by interpretive guidelines and procedures issued by the Department's bureaus. The absence of a specific published rule of conduct covering an action does not constitute a condonation of that action or indicate that the action would not result in corrective or disciplinary action.
(a) All employees and officials of the Department are required to follow the rules of conduct and procedure contained in the Rules, the Treasury Supplemental Standards, the Executive Branch-wide Standards of Ethical Conduct, the Employee Responsibilities and Conduct (5 CFR part 735), and any bureau issued rules.
(b) Employees found in violation of the Rules, the Treasury Supplemental Standards, the Executive Branch-wide Standards or any applicable bureau rule may be instructed to take remedial or corrective action to eliminate the conflict. Remedial action may include, but is not limited to:
(1) Reassignment of work duties;
(2) Disqualification from a particular assignment;
(3) Divestment of a conflicting interest; or
(4) Other appropriate action.
(c) Employees found in violation of the Rules, the Treasury Supplemental Standards, the Executive Branch-wide Standards or any applicable bureau rule may be disciplined in proportion to the gravity of the offense committed, including removal. Disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with applicable laws and regulations
and after consideration of the employee's explanation and any mitigating factors. Further, disciplinary action may include any additional penalty prescribed by law.
The following definitions are used throughout this part:
(a) Adviser means a person who provides advice to the Department as a representative of an outside group and is not an employee or special Government employee as those terms are defined in §0.103.
(b) Bureau means:
(1) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms;
(2) Bureau of Engraving and Printing; (3) Bureau of the Public Debt;
(4) Departmental Offices;
(5) Federal Law Enforcement Training Center;
(6) Financial Management Service; (7) Internal Revenue Service;
(8) Legal Division;
(9) Office of the Comptroller of the Currency;
(10) Office of the Inspector General; (11) Office of Thrift Supervision; (12) United States Customs Service; (13) United States Mint;
(14) United States Secret Service; and (15) Any organization designated as a bureau by the Secretary pursuant to appropriate authority.
(c) Person means an individual, corporation and subsidiaries it controls, company, association, firm, partnership, society, joint stock company, or any other organization or institution as specified in 5 CFR 2635.102(k).
(d) Regular employee or employee means an officer or employee of the Department of the Treasury but does not include a special Government employee.
(e) Special Government employee means an officer or employee who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform temporary duties either on a full-time or intermittent basis, with or without compensation, for a period not to exceed 130 days during any consecutive 365-day period. See 18 U.S.C. 202(a).
80.104 Designated Agency Ethics Official and Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official.
The Deputy General Counsel is the Department's Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO). The DAEO is responsible for managing the Department's ethics program, including coordinating ethics counseling and interpreting questions of conflicts of interest and other matters that arise under the Executive Branch-wide Standards and Treasury Supplemental Standards and Rules. See 5 CFR 2638.203. The Senior Counsel for Ethics is the Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Official.
$0.105 Deputy Ethics Official.
The Chief Counsel or Legal Counsel for a bureau, or a designee, is the Deputy Ethics Official for that bureau. The Legal Counsel for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is the Deputy Ethics Official for that organization. It is the responsibility of the Deputy Ethics Official to give authoritative advice and guidance on conflicts of interest and other matters arising under the Executive Branch-wide Standards, Treasury Supplemental Standards, and the Rules.
$0.106 Bureau Heads.
Bureau heads or designees are required to:
(a) Provide all employees with a copy of Executive Order 12674, as amended by Executive Order 12731, the Executive Branch-wide Standards, the Treasury Supplemental Standards and the Rules; provide all new employees with an explanation of the contents and application of the Executive Branch-wide Standards, Treasury Supplemental Standards and the Rules; and provide all departing employees with an explanation of the applicable post-employment restrictions contained in 18 U.S.C. 207 and 5 CFR part 2641 and any other applicable law or regulation.
(b) Provide guidance and assistance to supervisors and employees in implementing and adhering to the rules and procedures included in the Executive Branch-wide Standards and Treasury
Supplemental Standards and Rules; obtain any necessary legal advice or interpretation from the Designated Agency Ethics Official or a Deputy Ethics Official; and inform employees as to how and from whom they may obtain additional clarification or interpretation of the Executive Branch-wide Standards, Treasury Supplemental Standards, Rules, and any other relevant law, rule or regulation.
(c) Take appropriate corrective or disciplinary action against an ployee who violates the Executive Branch-wide Standards, Treasury Supplemental Standards or Rules, or any other applicable law, rule or regulation, and against a supervisor who fails to carry out his responsibilities in taking or recommending corrective or disciplinary action when appropriate against an employee who has committed an offense.
(a) Employees are required to:
(1) Read and follow the rules and procedures contained in the Executive Branch-wide Standards, Treasury Supplemental Standards, and Rules;
(2) Request clarification or interpretation from a supervisor or ethics official if the application of a rule contained in the Executive Branch-wide Standards, Treasury Supplemental Standards, or Rules is not clear;
(3) Report to the Inspector General or to the appropriate internal affairs office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Customs Service, Internal Revenue Service, or Secret Service, any information indicating that an employee, former employee, contractor, subcontractor, or potential contractor engaged in criminal conduct or that an employee or former employee violated the Executive Branch-wide Standards or the Treasury Supplemental Standards or Rules. Legal Division attorneys acquiring this type of information during the representation of a bureau shall report it to the appropriate Chief or Legal Counsel or the Deputy General Counsel, who shall report such information to the Inspector General or appropriate internal affairs office; and
(4) Report to the Inspector General information defined in paragraph (a)(3) of this section relating to foreign intel
ligence or national security, as covered in Executive Order 12356. Legal Division attorneys acquiring this type of information during the representation of a bureau shall report it to the Deputy General Counsel, who shall report such information to the Inspector General.
(b) The confidentiality of the source of the information reported to the Inspector General or the internal affairs office under this section will be maintained to the extent appropriate under the circumstances.
Subpart B-Rules of Conduct
§0.201 Political activity.
(a) Employees may:
(1) Take an active part in political management or in political campaigns to the extent permitted by law (5 U.S.C. 7321-7326); and
(2) Vote as they choose and express their opinions on political subjects and candidates.
(b) Employees may not use their official authority or influence to interfere with or affect election results.
(c) Employees may be disqualified from employment for knowingly supporting or advocating the violent overthrow of our constitutional form of government.
NOTE: The Hatch Act Reform Amendments of 1993 significantly reduced the statutory restrictions on the political activity of most Department employees. However, career members of the Senior Executive Service and employees of the Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service, Office of Criminal Investigation, the Customs Service, Office of Investigative Programs, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Office of Law Enforcement, remain subject to significant restrictions on their political activities.
$ 0.202 Strikes.
Employees shall not strike against the Government.
§ 0.203 Gifts or gratuities from foreign governments.
(a) The United States Constitution prohibits employees from accepting gifts, emoluments, offices, or titles from a foreign government without the consent of the Congress. Congress has consented to an employee accepting