7 U.S. Code § 87 - Conflicts of interest
No person licensed or authorized by the Secretary to perform any official function under this chapter, or employed by the Secretary in otherwise carrying out any of the provisions of this chapter, shall, during the term of such license, authorization, or employment, (a) be financially interested (directly or otherwise) in any business entity owning or operating any grain elevator or warehouse or engaged in the merchandising of grain, or (b) be in the employment of, or accept gratuities from, any such entity, or (c) be engaged in any other kind of activity specified by regulation of the Secretary as involving a conflict of interest: Provided, however, That the Secretary may license qualified employees of any grain elevators or warehouses to perform official sampling functions, under such conditions as the Secretary may by regulation prescribe, and the Secretary may by regulation provide such other exceptions to the restrictions of this section as the Secretary determines are consistent with the purposes of this chapter.
The provisions of this section shall not prevent an official agency or State agency delegated authority under this chapter from engaging in the business of weighing grain.
1994—Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 103–354 substituted “Secretary” for “Administrator” wherever appearing.
Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 103–437 substituted “Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry” for “Committee on Agriculture and Forestry”.
1993—Pub. L. 103–156, § 12(j), which directed amendment of “Section 11”, without specifying the name of the Act being amended, was executed to this section, which is section 11 of the United States Grain Standards Act, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103–156, § 12(j)(1), substituted “the Administrator” for “he” before “determines”.
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 103–156, § 12(j)(2)(A), substituted “the producer” for “he”.
Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 103–156, § 12(j)(2)(B), substituted “the Administrator” for “he” in two places.
1977—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 95–113, § 1604(h)(1), substituted “to perform official weighing or supervision of weighing” for “to perform supervision of weighing”.
Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 95–113, § 1606(g), substituted “official weighing or supervision of weighing” for “official weighing”.
Subsec. (b)(5). Pub. L. 95–113, § 1604(h)(2), substituted “to perform official inspection or perform official weighing or supervision of weighing except that” for “to perform official inspection or perform supervision of weighing except that” and “member, director, officer” for “member, officer”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 95–113, § 1604(h)(3), inserted “or State agency delegated authority under this chapter” after “official agency”.
1976—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 94–582, § 13(a)–(c), substituted “Administrator” for “Secretary” wherever appearing and “perform any official function” for “perform any official inspection function”, and designated first paragraph provisions, as amended, as subsec. (a), respectively.
Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 94–582, § 13(c), added subsecs. (b) and (c).
1968—Pub. L. 90–487 substituted provisions prohibiting a conflict of interest on the part of inspectors who are interested financially in a grain elevator or in grain merchandising, for provisions covering the separability of provisions of this chapter.