Office of Ethics
United States Department of Agriculture

Can I Accept this Gift of Free Travel and Accomodations?

You want to accept a gift of free travel and accommodations offered to you in your official capacity:

What Best Describes the Purpose of the Travel?

 (a)   work or meet with a partnering entity in fulfillment of work under a contract, cooperative agreement, memorandum of understanding, or other formal relationship.

 (b)   To perform official operational duties [e.g., inspections, site visits, audits, negotiations, hearings, etc.] other than those covered under (a), above.

 (c)   To attend or participate in a conference, seminar, forum, meeting, tour, or other similar event, other than those covered under (a) or (b), above.

 (d)   To attend official training under 5 U.S.C. 4111.

 (e)   To attend a non-political fundraising event.

 (f)   To attend a partisan political event.

 (g)   To attend Vendor-sponsored training or marketing efforts.