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October 11, 2006DO-06-030
Designated Agency Ethics Officials
Robert I. CusickDirector
Procedures for requesting a Certificate ofDivestiture
A significant number of recent requests for Certificates of Divestiture (CDs) made to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) have not followed various aspects of the requirements set out in 5 C.F.R § 2634.1005. Deficiencies in the request package result in delays in processing, which in turn can result in the employee's continuing need to recuse from official duties. In order to reduce these delays, I am asking you to review the steps outlined below, and make sure that you follow them when you are preparing your CD request package:
1. The eligible employee first must make a written request to the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) that includes:
2. Next, the DAEO must forward this information to OGE in a package with the following additional materials:
3. Once the request has been received, OGE will review the package to determine whether a CD will be issued. If additional information is required, OGE will contact the DAEO. If the decision is made to issue a CD, OGE will send the DAEO a transmittal letter along with the actual CD to be forwarded to the employee. An employee who is granted a CD should confirm that the information included on the certificate is correct before selling the related property. And remember that not all requests for CDs can be granted, so employees should be counseled accordingly. If OGE decides not to issue a CD, OGE will notify the DAEO.
This DAEOgram is intended merely as a reminder of the necessary steps to be taken when submitting an employee's request for a CD. It does not address all aspects and issues related to CDs (e.g., eligibility requirements, timing issues, trusts, etc.) so you should consult 5 C.F.R. § 2634.1001 for further detail or contact Walter M. Shaub, Program Manager at 202-482-9302, or Rachel Molinaro, Financial Analyst at 202-482-9315 with any additional questions. Thank you very much for your cooperation.