Finding a New Job Just Got More Complicated for Federal Employees

The Office of Government Ethics recently updated “conflict of interest” standards for government officials searching for non-government employment.

“Previously, federal employees could have informational meetings with corporations, firms or other prospective employers as long as they were not considered to be in serious negotiations over specifics like salary.

Under the new rules, however, responding to a job inquiry with anything other than something like “no” or “I’m not interested at this time” means that the person is officially considered to be “seeking employment” — which triggers more requirements, including compelling the person to recuse themselves from working on matters that could have a “direct and predictable effect” on their potential future employer.”

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