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    Frequently Asked Questions::Would referral bonuses violate the prohibition in title 18 of the U.S. Code against receiving...

    Would referral bonuses violate the prohibition in title 18 of the U.S. Code against receiving anything of value for helping a person get a Government job by referring his or her name?

    No, the prohibitions contained in 18 U.S.C. 211 do not bar agencies from providing referral bonuses to employees who have referred potential job applicants. An opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice, states that the prohibitions in title 18 seek to prevent candidates for federal employment from having to pay influence-peddlers or employment agencies to obtain government positions. See 13 Op. Off. Legal Counsel 277 (1989).

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