The government's central ethics office recommends that employees read its poetic guide to gift-giving and -getting.
Employees on unpaid leave remain subject to restrictions on outside employment.
Congress could repeal as early as today a requirement that financial disclosure forms filed by many senior career federal employees be posted online.
Federal employees can be trapped by a little-known restriction against accepting pay or items of value from foreign nations.
Furloughed federal employees will remain subject to restrictions on outside employment and other ethics policies.