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The following compendium of ethics laws, regulations and guidelines govern Executive Branch employees' conduct, including USDA employees. The Department promulgated its own supplemental ethics regulation (5 CFR Part 8301) in 2006 to augment the Office of Government Ethics' Standards of Ethical Conduct. The Department's ethics regulation and other selected ethics laws and regulations are accessible from this page for ready reference (click on "General Ethics Laws and Regulations" below).