|Authority||Nature of Travel||Purpose||Location||Source of Payment||Nature of Benefits||Conflict Analysis1||Who
|31 U.S.C. 1353
Acceptance of Non-Federal Travel Funds as implemented at 41 CFR 304-1.
|Official||Meeting, conference, seminar, speech, etc., related to employee’s official duties.||Away from duty station.||Non-Federal.||Travel, subsistence, & related expenses.||No conflict and no appearance of favoritism or loss of impartiality [see 41 CFR 304-1.5].||Cash/checks
In-kind assistance to employee. Generally, requires prior approval.2
|7 U.S.C. 2269
Secretary’s Gift Acceptance Authority as implemented by DR 5200-3 (4/18/03) Gift Acceptance Policy.3
|Official.||Furtherance of USDA functions.||Anywhere.||Non-Federal.||Any gift or
Refer conditional gifts to Chief Financial Officer.
|May be authorized under DR 5200-3 [6.c.(1) (b)(c) or (d)].4||Secretary, delegated to Agency / Staff Head or designee. Requires prior approval.|
|5 U.S.C. 4111
Government Employees Training Act as implemented by 5 CFR 410.501-503.
|Official.||Training or meeting in a non-Federal facility.||Anywhere.||Tax-exempt organization, State/local government or District of Columbia.||Travel, subsistence & related expenses.||May not be reward for prior service & may not impair employee impartiality, agency program integrity, or violate ethics laws.||Employee may accept cash, check or in-kind but, Agency or Staff Head or designee must formally authorize.|
|5 U.S.C. 7342
Foreign Gifts & Decorations Act as implemented by 41 CFR Part 101-49
|Overseas travel.||Totally outside U.S.||Foreign government.||Travel, subsistence & lodging.||None.
No limit on travel totally outside U.S.
Post travel report required.
|5 CFR Part
Subpart B - Gifts from Outside Sources.
|Personal.||Varied.||Anywhere.||Non-Federal including prohibited source.||Varied.||Must be acceptable exclusion to gift prohibition. [See 5 CFR 2635.204.(a) and (d) through (f)].||Employee.Prior approval not required.|
|5 CFR 2635.807
Teaching, speaking and writing.5
|Personal.||In personal capacity, travel to speak on issues related to one’s employment.||Anywhere.||Non-Federal.||Travel, subsistence
|Non-career SES and
Exec. Levels are barred.
All others: no bar.
|Employee. Confidential & Public Financial Disclosure filers must seek prior approval under certain conditions.6|
Official means activity is conducted on Federal time or as a representative of the Federal government.
Personal means activity is conducted on employee’s own time as his/her own representative.
Prohibited source means a non-Federal entity that: is seeking official action by USDA; does business or seeks to do business with USDA; conducts activities regulated by USDA; seeks to influence USDA’s policies or regulations; has interests that may be significantly affected by the employee’s USDA duties; or is an organization a majority of whose members are described above.
1 Employees and Ethics Advisors must also consider whether other conflicts of interest or other Standards of Ethical Conduct issues such as misuse of non-public information may be involved.
2 Employees may accept additional travel assistance while in travel status when it is offered from the same source if:
3 This authority may not be applied to meetings and similar off-site events as defined in 42 CFR 304-1. Questions of an ethical nature should be referred to the Office of Ethics. Questions of a legal nature should be referred to the Office of the General Counsel.
4 Acceptance of gifts to the agency are not prohibited if:
5 This is based upon Office of Government Ethics guidance in light of Sanjour v. Environmental Protection Agency.
6 The prior approval requirement is based on the guidelines within the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Department of Agriculture.