January 30, 2017 •
Trump Signs Executive Order Over Weekend Concerning Ethics of Appointees
On January 28, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order mandating ethic commitments for executive branch appointees. Appointees are prohibited from accepting gifts, with limited exceptions, from registered lobbyists and lobbying organizations for the duration of their service as appointees.
Appointees are also prohibited from lobbying the agency they were appointed to serve for five years after leaving office. They are also prohibited from engaging on behalf of any foreign government or foreign political party if it would require them to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Additionally, registered lobbyists appointed to an executive agency cannot participate in matters in which they lobbied for two years after the date of their appointment.
This new Executive Order supersedes and revokes a similar Executive Order signed by former President Barack Obama in 2009.
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