10. EMERGENCY EXCEPTIONS. When necessary to meet urgent needs resulting from an
emergency posing an immediate threat to life or property, or a national emergency as defined
in 5 C.F.R. 230.402(a)(1), a Coast Guard official may employ relatives to meet those needs
without regard to the restrictions in Section 3110 of Title 5, United States Code, and this
Instruction. Appointments under these conditions are temporary not to exceed one month, but
may be extended for a second month if the emergency need still exists.
11. CONFLICT OF INTEREST. An agency may prohibit the employment of relatives if it can
justify this prohibition on conflict of interest grounds pursuant to Executive Order 11222 and 5
C.F.R. Part 735 (governing employee conduct) or other reasons which might be disruptive to
work and interfere with the orderly operation of the agency's mission.
12. PENALTIES. Section 3310c, Title 5, U.S.C., provides that " An individual appointed,
employed, promoted, or advanced in violation of this section is not entitled to pay, and money
may not be paid from the Treasury as pay to an individual so appointed, employed, promoted,
or advanced." By regulation, payments made in violation of 5 U.S.C. 3110 are subject to
recovery. In addition, public officials who violate Federal regulations governing the
employment of relatives are subject to applicable penalties on this account.
R.C. OLSEN, JR.
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Director of Personnel Management