The Ethics Law and Programs Division advises current and former Department of Commerce employees on the seeking and post-employment statutes and regulations. Please refer to the handouts below or contact the Ethics Law and Programs Division for additional information on how these laws may affect your job search and post-Federal employment.
Employees are permitted to seek outside employment, but doing so may trigger disqualifications. In general, an employee may not perform any official work on a matter that would affect the financial interests of a prospective employer. Additionally, employees may need to give notice of disqualifications arising from employment negotiations.
Employees are subject to certain restrictions and requirements even after they leave Federal employment. These post-employment rules fall into five categories: restrictions on contacting the U.S. Government, restrictions on providing advice or other services, restrictions on compensation and employment, restrictions on using non-public information, and disclosure requirements.
- Summary of Seeking and Post-Employment Rules
- Seeking Employment - Responding to an Overture
- A Word About Ethics - Seeking Employment
- A Word About Ethics - Post-Employment
- A Word About Ethics - Post-Employment Work as a Contractor
- Ethics At A Glance - Post-Employment
- Notification of Employment Negotiation
- 3 Minutes of Ethics - Seeking Employment
- 3 Minutes of Ethics - Post-Employment