Federal conflict of interest statutes: 18 US Code §§ 201, 203, 205, 207, 208, and 209, and 1905. 


18 US Code § 201.  This statute prohibits bribery of public officials.


18 US Code §§ 203 and 205.  These statutes limit representational activity, paid or unpaid, by Federal employees before Federal agencies or courts. They bar an employee from representing another party before a Federal agency or court on any particular matter in which the United States is a party or has a direct and substantial interest.

18 US Code § 207.  This statute prohibits a former Federal employee from representing another person or entity back to the U.S. Government, with the intent to influence, on a particular matter involving specific parties, in which he/she was engaged as part of his/her official duties while with the government.


18 US Code § 208.  This statute bars a Federal employee from participating personally and substantially as a Government employee in any particular matter in which the employee has a financial interest. These restrictions also apply regarding the interests of an employee’s spouse; minor child; partner; organization in which he or she is serving as officer, director, trustee, partner or employee; and any person or organization with whom the employee is negotiating or has any arrangement concerning prospective employment. The Office of Government Ethics has issued regulatory exemptions under 18 U.S.C. 208(b)(2) which can be found under 5 CFR 2640.


18 US Code § 209.  This statute prohibits a Federal employee from receiving compensation from a source other than the United States Government for the performance of his or her official duties.


18 US Code § 1905. This statute prohibits a Federal employee from disclosing trade secrets and similar information that the employee obtains in the course of performing official duties or as a result of Government employment.