June 4, 1999 United States Department of Agriculture Guidance Regarding Anti-Lobbying Laws

B-281637.2: Jul 21, 1999

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This document discusses our review the June 4, 1999 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Guidance Regarding Anti-Lobbying Laws to assess whether the guidance will assure compliance with section 303 of the 1998 Interior Department Appropriations Act.

Because an agency's explanation of its position on legislation could include its views concerning the positive or negative consequences of the legislation, we believe it would be better for the guidance to say that covered employees, whenever they are disseminating the administration's position in proposed legislation, may not elaborate on the agency's position in a way that would tend to promote public support or opposition to the legislation.