By Polly Russell, ANAD Legal OfficeJuly 11, 2019
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- If you work after leaving your job with the federal service, there are post-employment restrictions contained in the Joint Ethics Regulation which you must follow.
If you seek outside employment while you are still working at ANAD, restrictions apply as well.
If you seek non-federal employment while working at ANAD, you must not work on a particular matter which could have an effect on your financial interests or the financial interests of persons or companies with whom you are seeking employment or with whom you are negotiating for employment.
While you are seeking outside employment and working at ANAD, you must disqualify yourself, in writing, from participating in any particular matter which could affect your financial interests or the financial interests of a person or company with whom you are negotiating for employment.
Violation of these rules is a criminal offense.
After you leave federal employment, there are restrictions on the type of work you can perform for your new employer before any federal agency.
You may never communicate with any federal agency with the intent to influence the federal agency on behalf of an outside employer regarding a particular matter and specific parties in which you participated personally and substantially as a federal employee.
For two years after you leave government service, you may not represent any person or private company before any federal agency or court regarding matters under your official responsibility during your last year of government service, even if you did not work on those matters directly.
The post-employment restrictions are aimed at your interaction with government personnel on behalf of persons or private companies. They are not aimed at your "behind the scenes" work for a private employer.
If you are working for a private employer behind the scenes and not interacting with government personnel on behalf of your employer, you cannot exercise undue influence with the government.
When you work behind the scenes for a private employer, you are using your expertise, which is fine, you just may not represent your private employer before any federal agency.
If you have questions regarding the application of these rules to an outside job you plan for the future, contact the ANAD Legal Office at 256-235-6773.