b. Standards for Family Members. Gifts, gratuities, favors, entertainment,
loans, or any other things of monetary value that are bestowed upon members of the
immediate family of DA personnel are viewed in the same light as those bestowed upon
c. Avoiding the Appearance of Improper Conduct. Under certain
circumstances, a seemingly-innocent action may become a source of embarrassment to
the government and the personnel involved. DOD personnel are asked to avoid even the
appearance of improper conduct. For example, an item of monetary value, even when
innocently offered and received, may affect the objective judgment of the recipient. In
addition, there is always the potential to impair public confidence in the integrity of
business relations between the government and industry.
d. Definition and List of Exceptions. The prohibitions above do not apply to the
(1) Coffee, donuts, and similar refreshments of nominal value offered as a
normal courtesy incidental to the performance of duty.
(2) The acceptance of unsolicited advertising or promotional items that are
less than .00 in retail value.
(3) Things available impersonally to the general public or classes
of the general public, such as a free exhibition by a defense contractor at public trade
(4) Customary exchanges of social amenities between personal friends and
relatives when motivated by such relationship and extended on a personal basis.
(5) Discounts or concessions extended Army-wide and realistically available
to all DA personnel.
(6) Contractor-provided transportation, including space available use of
previously scheduled transportation, meals, or overnight accommodations in connection
with official business, when arrangements for government or commercial transportation,
meals, or accommodations are clearly impractical. In any such case, the individual must
report in writing the circumstances to his or her supervisor as soon as possible.
(7) Activities engaged in by officials of the Army and officers in command, or
their representatives, with local civic and/or military leaders as part of authorized Army
community relations programs in the US and overseas.