Can a member of my family work for the Coast Guard?

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The Coast Guard offers many opportunities for civilian employment and could be a great place for families of Coast Guardsmen to seek work. However, there are some guidelines that need to be considered so that employment does not go against the law. The employment of relatives by public officials within the same chain of command or within closely related unit level organizations creates unacceptable outcomes.

Business decisions are perceived to be influenced by personal relationships and the appearance of favoritism is created when a public official considers the employment or advancement of his or her relatives. Situations involving potential employment or advocacy for relatives by public officials are prohibited.

Public officials such as managers, supervisors, team leaders and human resource advisors must avoid the appearance of using their influence to circumvent prohibited hiring practices and the regulations regarding the employment of relatives.

Nepotism Statute (5 U.S.C. 3110) prohibits public officials of the government from appointing, employing, promoting, advancing, or advocating the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of a relative in the agency in which the official is serving or over which the official exercises jurisdiction or control. It also prohibits the appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement of an individual in or to a civilian position in an agency if a relative of the individual who is a public official serving in or exercising jurisdiction or control over the agency has advocated such action.

A public official can be any officer, including the President and a member of Congress, a member of the uniformed service, an employee and any other individual, in whom is vested the authority by law, rule or regulation, or to whom the authority has been delegated, to appoint, employ, promote or advance individuals, or to recommend individuals for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in connection with employment in an agency.

A relative is considered a father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, or half sister.

A public official must not respond to a request for an employment recommendation or a request to advocate for his or her relative. They also may not supervise, rate, or review the performance of a relative.

A relative of a Coast Guard public official cannot be employed or assigned to any position where the public official may be able to directly or indirectly supervise, control, or influence the work or employment status of the relative or the affairs of the organization in which the relative is to be employed. There is no exception regardless of the organizational standing and location of any employee related to a public official within the chain of command. Any civilian or military supervisor-employee relationship including team leader-employee relationships is prohibited.

Restrictions of Employment of Relatives and limited exceptions to restrictions on employment of relatives are included in this instruction.

You can also contact your servicing command staff advisor or human resource specialist for more information.

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