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Title 7Subtitle BChapter XXXVPart 3565Subpart A → §3565.10

Title 7: Agriculture
Subpart A—General Provisions

§3565.10   Conflict of interest.

(a) Objective. It is the objective within the Rural Development mission area to maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and impartiality by employees.

(b) Rural Development requirement. To reduce the potential for employee conflict of interest, all Rural Development activities will be conducted in accordance with 7 CFR part 1900, subpart D, or successor regulation by Rural Development employees who:

(1) Are not themselves a beneficiary;

(2) Are not family members or known relatives of any beneficiary; and

(3) Do not have any business or personal relationship with any beneficiary or any employee of a beneficiary.

(c) Rural Development employee responsibility. Rural Development employees must disclose any known relationship or association with a lender or borrower or their agents, regardless of whether the relationship or association is known to others. Rural Development employees or members of their families may not purchase a Real Estate Owned property, security property from a borrower, or security property at a foreclosure sale.

(d) Loan closing agent responsibility. Loan closing agents (or members of their families) who have been involved with a particular property are precluded from purchasing such properties.

(e) Lender and borrower responsibility. Lenders, borrowers, and their agents must identify any known relationship or association with a Rural Development employee.

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