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Gift exception ceiling expands for federal employees

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Federal employees can now accept gifts of free attendance at "widely attended gatherings" worth up to $375.

In a revision effective May 19, the federal Office of Government Ethics announced the ceiling for non-sponsor gifts of free attendance had been raised from $350 to $375.

A "Widely Attended Gathering," the National Institutes of Health tells its employees on its website, "is a meeting, conference, or other event which is attended by either a large number of people from throughout an industry or profession, or by those representing a wide range of interests."

The OGE announced the change in a May 23 legal advisory to federal ethics officials, according to

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