USDA Ethics

Forms

Public Filers: Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees, all SES employees (and equivalent) and most Schedule C staff are required to file public financial disclosure reports, OGE Form 278s (formerly SF-278s) within 30 days of entering and leaving a position at USDA, as well as annually while serving in a covered position. Annual reports, covering the previous calendar year, are due between January 1st and May 15th each year.   

Confidential Filers: Career staff below the SES level may be required to file confidential financial disclosure reports (OGE Form 450) if they make decisions or recommendations that can have a financial impact on the Department's contractors or the commercial interests USDA services or regulates. New Entrant reports are due within 30 days of entering a covered position. Annual reports now cover a calendar year and are due each year by February 15.

Electronic Filing for ALL USDA Filers: All USDA public and confidential filers are required to electronically file their financial disclosure reports using electronic filing in 2013. The new system is secure and has many helpful features to guide filers in preparing their returns. Current public and confidential filers should receive invitations to electronially file in early January 2013. New filers or former filers that do not receive invitations should contact the appropriate filing center below.  

FILING CENTERS

The USDA Office of Ethics reorganized in 2009. While Public Financial Disclosure filers will continue to be assisted by the OE Office of the Director, those that submit OGE Form 450 Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports will be assisted based on the following:

Who: Employees from FAS, RMA, DA, OBPA, ASCR, OC, OCIO, CPRC, OGC, OO, OPPM, OALJ, OES, OHCM, OSDBU, Homeland Security, OCE, OSS and OMS.

Contact: OE Office of the Director
Room 347-W, JL Whitten Building
1400 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Contact: Andrew Tobin, Senior Ethics Specialist
(202) 720-2251

Who: Employees from Research Education & Economics (REE) Agencies - ARS, CSREES, ERS & NASS;
Forest Service (FS) - Research and Development; (Rocky Mountain Research Station, Southern Research Station, Northern Research Station, Forest Product Lab, Pacific Northwest Region, Pacific Southwest Research Station); Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Soil Survey and Resource Assessment (SSRA) & Science and Technology (S&T) Divisions.

Contact: Science Ethics Branch
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Rm. 2-2290
Beltsville, MD 20705-5620
Contact: Sue Sheridan, Branch Chief
(301) 504-4414

Who: All career personnel in the Farm Service Agency, NRCS (other than those serviced by OE-Science), and the Rural Development mission area.

File With: Farm, Conservation and Rural Programs Branch
Room 6840, South Building
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250
Contact: Ed Peterman, Branch Chief
(202) 205-2061

Who: All career personnel in the Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Food Safety, and Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services mission areas.

File With: Marketing, Regulatory and Nutrition Branch
Room 5913, South Building
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250
Contact: Mary Royster, Branch Chief
(202) 720-0020

Who: All career FS employees, other than those served by OE-Science.

File With: Forestry Ethics Branch
1400 Independence Ave. S.W.
Room 2348, South Building
Mail Stop 2112
Washington, D.C.  20250
Contact: Jack Fisher, Acting Branch Chief
(202) 720-2251
E-Fax - 855-245-9806


FORM # FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORMS AVAILABLE FORMATS
AD-1202� USDA Confidential Conflict of Interest Certification
short form for use in lieu of the OGE-450 in FSIS, AMS and GIPSA.
MS Word PDF    

 

FORM # REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FORMATS
OGE-201 Request for Copy of a Completed Public Disclosure Report PDF      

 

FORM # TRAVEL AVAILABLE FORMATS
AD-1101 Approval and Report of Travel Funds Received from Non-Federal Sources
for use by a prospective traveler.
PDF      
SF-326 Semi-annual Report of Payments Accepted from a Non-Federal Source
for use by ethics official charged with documenting travel assistance accepted under 31 U.S.C. 1353.
MS Excel PDF    

 

FORM # AWARDS & DEGREES AVAILABLE FORMATS
  Review / Approval of Outside Awards PDF      
  Review / Approval of Honorary Degrees PDF      

 

FORM # OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT AVAILABLE FORMATS
  Review/Approval of Non-Federal Employment or Activity Form
for use with USDA Supplemental Ethics Regulation, 5 CFR Part 8301. Prior to submitting a request for non-Federal employment, view guidance under Rules of the Road, specifically the Standards of Ethical Conduct (5 CFR 2635.401-.403; .501-.503; .701-.705; and .801-809).
PDF      
  Office of Ethics – Farm, Conservation, & Rural Programs Branch
Guidance: Request for Prior Approval of Outside Activity / Employment for use by employees of FSA, NRCS, and RD
in connection with with requests for outside employment pursuant to the USDA Supplemental Ethics Regulation, 5 CFR Part 8301.
PDF      
  Office of Ethics – Forest Service Guidance: Request for Prior Approval of Outside Activity / Employment for use by employees of the Forest Service in connection with with requests for outside employment pursuant to the USDA Supplemental Ethics Regulation, 5 CFR Part 8301. PDF      

 

FORM # OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS AVAILABLE FORMATS
  Appointment as Agency Liaison Memorandum PDF      

 

FORM # COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN AVAILABLE FORMATS
OE-109 CFC Event Review Form PDF