2100 Second Street, S.W.
United States Coast Guard
Washington, DC 20593-0001
14 APR 1988
COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 5370.7
Subj: Standards Of Conduct; Lobbying Activities
Ref: (a) 18 U.S.C. 1913
(b) COMDTINST M5000.3 (SERIES), USCG REGULATIONS
PURPOSE. This Instruction implements the laws and regulations prohibiting lobbying
activities and distinguishes lobbying activities from official and private communications with
the Congress. The anti-lobbying provisions are intricate and should be carefully applied in
individual cases. In cases of doubt, the provisions of this Instruction should be construed by a
Legal Officer. This Instruction is applicable to military and civilian personnel.
DEFINITIONS FOR PURPOSES OF THIS INSTRUCTION:
"Lobbying" means attempting to influence the Congress or attempting to induce members
of the public, special interest groups or private organizations to influence Congress by an
unauthorized use of Government time, equipment or supplies.
"Government time" means time for which an active duty military member or civilian
employee is being compensated with appropriated funds.
"Government equipment or supplies" means anything purchased or paid for with