Office of Ethics
United States Department of Agriculture

Other Gift Conflict Statutes

7 U.S.C. § 87(c)

No person licensed or authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture to perform any funtion under the U.S. Grain Standards Act, or employed by the Secretary in carrying out the provisions of that Act shall, during that license, authorization, or employment, accept gratuitites from any business entity owning or operating any grain elevator or warehouse.

7 U.S.C. § 1986

You may not, directly or indirectly receive a fee, commission, gift, etc. beyond your Federal salary for any transaction/business under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (Act).

Employees within the Office of the Secretary, Rural Development (RD), and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), who perform official duties involving RD and FSA loan programs are covered by this Act.

Criminal Penalties: Up to $2000 fine; imprisonment of not more than 2 years, or both.

7 U.S.C. § 1615(h)(2)

Anyone who serves as a certifying agent under provisions of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 is prohibited from accepting payments, gifts, or favors of any kind from the business inspected other than prescribed fees.

EXCEPTIONS: None provided for.


Anyone engaged in commerce is prohibited from offering a Federal Meat Inspector, and a Federal Meat Inspector is prohibited from receiving, anything of value given with intent to influence his or her performance of official duties.

Criminal Penalties: Removal; fine of $1000-$10,000; imprisonment of 1-3 years.

Meat inspection officials covered by this Act are inspectors, deputy inspectors, chief inspector, or any other officer or employee authorized to perform duties under the Act.

EXCEPTIONS: See exception for "friends or relatives."

See exclusion for "commercial loans."

Unsolicited advertising/promotional material of clearly trivial value, such as pens, pencils, note pads, and calendars; See exclusion for "coffee, donuts, etc."

Food and refreshments of nominal value on infrequent occasions when the interest of the government is served by participation of USDA employees in industry-sponsored activities where: (1) lunch/dinner may be served; and (2) there will be discussion of matters of mutual interest to government and industry will take place.