U.S. drops rules on association participation



In a memorandum dated December 9, 1991, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics advised professional associations that it was deleting previously published draft regulations on the participation of federal employees in such associations. New proposed regulations will be issued at a future date.

This announcement makes official previous statements by Stephen Potts, Director of the Office of Government Ethics, at an October 22 hearing of the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee (see Eos, Oct. 29, 1991). Potts's office received 980 sets of comments on the 37 pages of proposed regulations issued July 23. The December 9 memorandum notes that “an overwhelming majority of those who commented objected to the proposed section as too restrictive in terms of the use of official time for administering the internal affairs of the professional associations.”