The Department of Energy published a final rule establishing procedures under which a former employee of the executive branch may obtain approval to make communications to DOE solely for the purpose of furnishing scientific or technological information during the period the former employee is subject to post-employment restrictions set forth in 18 U.S.C. 207(a), (c), and (d). The post-employment restrictions for Federal employees are set forth in 18 U.S.C § 207 and prohibit former employees from engaging in certain activities on behalf of persons or entities other than the United States, regardless of compensation. Section 207(j)(5), provides for an exemption when communications are made “solely for the purpose of furnishing scientific or technological information,” notwithstanding the restrictions set forth in the statute, provided the communications are made under procedures acceptable to the department to which the communication is directed. This regulation establishes the procedures for former executive branch employees to make such communications. This regulation will provide DOE with greater flexibility in communicating with former employees possessing invaluable scientific and technological expertise who leave Federal service for other employers.
These regulations can be viewed at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-30398.pdf