any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance, or other item
having monetary value. It includes services as well as gifts of training, transportation, local travel, lodgings, and
meals, whether provided in-kind, by purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the expense
has been incurred. Prohibited source is defined as
any person who: 1) is seeking official action by the employee's agency; 2) does
business or seeks to do business with the employee's agency; 3) conducts activities regulated by the employee's
agency; 4) has interests that may be substantially affected by performance or nonperformance of the employee's
official duties; or 5) is an organization a majority of whose members are described in 1 through 4.
And so forth
Remember you are on duty, representing the FFAA 24/7/365
Note: It is frequently prudent for an employee to decline an otherwise permissible gift offered by a prohibited
source or because of the employee's official position.
How do I know when I may not accept a gift?
With some exceptions mentioned later, you may not ask for or accept a gift from anyone who is giving the gift to
you because of your Government job. Ask yourself if the gift would have been offered if you were not working
for the Government. If the answer is no, then the gift is being offered because of your Government position and