Investigation of Certain Retired Regular Military Officers To Determine Whether They Are Engaging in Activities Prohibited by 37 U.S.C. 801(c)

PSAD-77-3: Published: Dec 16, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1982.

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The "civil selling law" prohibits payments from any appropriation to Regular military officers selling supplies to Department of Defense (DOD) agencies during the first 3 years of retirement.

All three officers have been employed by major DOD contractors since their retirement. It was not established whether the three officers were present at hunting lodges with DOD officials to promote goodwill or on a social basis. The nature of the work performed by these major contractors placed the retired officers in positions to engage in selling activities; however, there was no evidence to establish that the retirees engaged in selling. Neither the language of the law nor the DOD Standards of Conduct adequately cover the situations described.

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  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The duties and responsibilities that cannot be performed by retired personnel in liaison positions should be specified, and employee responsibilities in dealing with retired officers who have contacted them in liaison activities should be defined. Employees should be required to report such contacts to appropriate DOD officials.

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