‘Tis the season for Secret Santas, white elephant gifts, and good will toward men and women. But if you’re a federal employee, there’s a strict list of who it would be naughty to get a present from or give a present to.
He told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program the do's and don'ts of gifting.
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- Employee gifts to their supervisors can not exceed $10
- Gifts between co-workers can not exceed $20
- Feds cannot receive more than $50 in gifts in a given year
Mahoney says, "as a general rule of thumb, federal employees should refrain from accepting gifts from people who are considered “prohibited sources” or who want to give them something solely because their official position. A prohibited source, as defined by 5 CFR § 2635.203(d), is someone whose gift could create pose a conflict of interest if accepted, namely anyone who:"
- wants the employee’s agency to do something;
- has an existing or desired business with the employee’s agency;
- is regulated by the employee’s agency;
- could be impacted by the work the employee conducts; or
- is a member of an organization whose members are largely refrained from giving the gift to the employee for the above-stated reasons.
Gifting Could Get You Fired
"Federal employees have been terminated or harshly disciplined for receiving gifts and not properly and timely reporting and returning them," said Mahoney.