Q & A Session – Federal Employee Consultant for Another Agency


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Are there any rules prohibiting a federal employee from being compensated as a consultant for another agency where they do not work if the work is done on their off hours or during annual leave and is not a conflict of interest?


There are not necessarily rules prohibiting such work, but such arrangements can be heavily regulated and conflicted. Contact your designated agency ethics official with full information about what you plan to do. The DAEO’s decision is controlling.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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