On November 27, 2015, the Office of Government Ethics (“OGE”) issued a proposed rule that would revise the portions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Executive Branch Employees that govern the solicitation and acceptance of gifts from outside sources (“Standards”). See 5 CFR § 2635. Although it is a proposed rule (with the comment period closing on January 26, 2016), the OGE has identified several areas in which the new language is meant to “clarify” the existing rules and “incorporate past interpretive guidance.”
Namrata Kotwani is an associate in the Commercial Litigation and White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement practice groups at Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office. Namrata's litigation practice focuses on a variety of complex commercial, health care, and employment litigation before state and federal courts, including commercial disputes and class actions. Her white collar practice focuses on representing clients at large investment banks during regulatory as well as criminal proceedings. Namrata also has experience in internal investigations, particularly those related to money laundering and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Namrata serves domestic and multinational companies and her clients include insurers, private equity firms, derivatives traders, investment banks, transportation companies, and telecommunications providers.