Title 10 Part 1010
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Title 10 Part 1010
PART 1010—CONDUCT OF EMPLOYEES AND FORMER EMPLOYEES
§1010.203 Procedures for review and approval of requests.
Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, 303, 7301; 5 U.S.C. App. (Ethics in Government Act); 5 U.S.C. App. (Inspector General Act of 1978); E.O. 12674, 54 FR 15159, 3 CFR, 1989 Comp., p. 215, as modified by E.O. 12731, 55 FR 42547, 3 CFR, 1990 Comp., p. 306; 5 CFR 2635.105; 18 U.S.C. 207, 208.
Source: 61 FR 35088, July 5, 1996, unless otherwise noted.
Subpart A—Conduct of Employees
This subpart applies to employees of the Department of Energy (DOE), excluding employees of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
[61 FR 35088, July 5, 1996, as amended at 75 FR 75376, Dec. 3, 2010]
§1010.102 Cross-references to employee ethical conduct standards, financial disclosure regulations, and other conduct rules.
Employees of DOE are subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch at 5 CFR part 2635, the DOE regulation at 5 CFR part 3301 which supplements the executive branch-wide standards, the executive branch-wide financial disclosure regulations at 5 CFR part 2634, the executive branch-wide financial interests regulations at 5 CFR part 2640, and the executive branch-wide employee responsibilities and conduct regulation at 5 CFR part 735.
[61 FR 35088, July 5, 1996, as amended at 63 FR 30111, June 3, 1998]
§1010.103 Reporting wrongdoing.
(a) Employees shall, in fulfilling the obligation of 5 CFR 2635.101(b)(11), report fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption in DOE programs, including on the part of DOE employees, contractors, subcontractors, grantees, or other recipients of DOE financial assistance, to the Office of Inspector General or other appropriate Federal authority.
(b) All alleged violations of the ethical restrictions described in section 1010.102 that are reported in accordance with (a) of this section to an appropriate authority within the Department shall in turn be referred by that authority to the designated agency ethics official or his delegatee, or the Inspector General.
§1010.104 Cooperation with the Inspector General.
Employees shall respond to questions truthfully under oath when required, whether orally or in writing, and must provide documents and other materials concerning matters of official interest. An employee is not required to respond to such official inquiries if answers or testimony may subject the employee to criminal prosecution.
Subpart B—Procedures for Exemption of Scientific and Technological Information Communications From Post-Employment Restrictions
Source: 75 FR 75376, Dec. 3, 2010, unless otherwise noted.
§1010.201 Purpose and scope.
(a) This subpart sets forth criteria for the types of communications on scientific or technological matters permitted under 18 U.S.C. 207(j)(5) by defining the term “scientific or technological information.” This subpart also establishes the procedures for receiving and approving requests from former employees of the executive branch to make such communications to DOE.
(b) This subpart applies to any former employee of the executive branch subject to the post-employment conflict of interest restrictions in 18 U.S.C. 207(a), (c), and (d), who wishes to communicate with DOE under the exemption in 18 U.S.C. 207(j)(5) for the purpose of furnishing scientific or technological information to DOE offices or officials.
(c) This subpart does not apply to a former DOE employee's testimony as an expert in an adversarial proceeding in which the United States is a party or has a direct and substantial interest.
For purposes of this subpart:
(a) Agency designee means an individual serving in a position in DOE requiring appointment by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(b) Authorized communication means any transmission of scientific or technological information to any DOE office or official that is approved by DOE under §1010.203 of this subpart.
(c) DOE means the U.S. Department of Energy.
(d) Scientific or technological information means: Information of a scientific or technological character, such as technical or engineering information relating to the natural sciences. The exception does not extend to information associated with a nontechnical discipline such as law, economics, or political science.
(e) Incidental references or remarks. Provided the former employee's communication primarily conveys information of a scientific or technological character, the entirety of the communication will be deemed made solely for the purpose of furnishing such information notwithstanding an incidental reference or remark:
(1) Unrelated to the matter to which the post-employment restriction applies;
(2) Concerning feasibility, risk, cost, speed of implementation, or other considerations when necessary to appreciate the practical significance of the basic scientific or technological information provided; or
(3) Intended to facilitate the furnishing of scientific or technological information, such as those references or remarks necessary to determine the kind and form of information required or the adequacy of information already supplied.
§1010.203 Procedures for review and approval of requests.
(a) Any former employee of the executive branch subject to the constraints of the post-employment restrictions of 18 U.S.C. 207(a), (c), and (d) who wishes to communicate scientific or technological information to DOE must contact the DOE office with which the former employee wishes to communicate and request authorization to make such communication. This request must be in writing and address, in detail, information regarding each of the factors set forth in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(6) and (c)(8) of this section.
(b) In consultation with the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO), the agency designee in the office with cognizance over the matter must advise the former employee in writing whether the proposed communication is an authorized communication. This authority cannot be delegated, except to another individual serving in a position in DOE requiring appointment by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(c) In deciding whether a proposed communication is an authorized communication, the agency designee receiving the request and the DAEO must consider the following factors:
(1) Whether the former employee has relevant scientific or technical qualifications;
(2) Whether the former employee has qualifications that are otherwise unavailable to both the former employee's current employer and DOE;
(3) The nature of the scientific or technological information to be conveyed;
(4) The former employee's position prior to termination;
(5) The extent of the former employee's involvement in the matter at issue during his or her employment, including:
(i) The former employee's involvement in the same particular matter involving specific parties;
(ii) The time elapsed since the former employee's participation in such matter; and
(iii) The offices within the Federal department or agency involved in the matter both during the former employee's period of employment in the executive branch and at the time the request is being made;
(6) The existence of pending or anticipated matters before the Federal government from which the former employee or his or her current employer may financially benefit, including contract modifications, grant applications, and proposals; and
(7) Whether DOE's interests would be served by allowing the proposed communication; and
(8) Any other relevant information.