Agency Model Practices

The model practices highlighted in this section have increased the transparency, efficiency, accuracy, accountability, and consistency of ethics programs. While not all of the practices are suited to every agency, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is hopeful that sharing them will provide ethics officials throughout the Federal Government ideas that are useful in developing their own model practices.

OGE is always looking for additional model practices to share. While some of the practices posted in this section were identified by OGE, the majority of them have been submitted to OGE by agencies. If your agency employs what you consider to be a model practice, please contact us at


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October 21, 2014

Leadership Initiative: Concrete Actions

This report produced by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics highlights concrete actions that agency leaders may institute to promote an ethical culture.

January 14, 2014

Agency Model Practices

The Office of Government Ethics features model practices executive branch agencies employ in administering elements of their ethics programs.  For a listing of our model practices, please see below.    

September 9, 2011

Condition of Employment Requirement Aids in the Timely Collection of New Entrant Financial Disclosure Reports

Agencies that require new employees to complete financial disclosure reports as a condition of employment have seen an increase in the number of timely filed reports.  

September 9, 2011

Conducting Self Assessment Surveys Improves Program Operations

Self-assessment surveys help agencies to increase efficiency and to maintain the consistency of program operations. 

September 9, 2011

Include Ethics Duties in Position Descriptions and Performance Appraisals

Including ethics duties in position descriptions and performance appraisals of ethics officials promotes transparency, accountability and measurability in the ethics program.  

September 9, 2011

Points of Contact Are Used to Support the Ethics Program

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency uses points of contacts in each of its three directorates to reach employees who are required to file financial disclosure reports and receive annual ethics training.

September 9, 2011

Provide List of Prohibited Holdings to Filers Annually

The Occupation Safety and Health Review Commission provides financial disclosure filers with a list of prohibited financial holdings to help them prevent conflicts of interests.

September 9, 2011

Regular Contact with Ethics Officials at all Agency Components Leads to Consistency and Improved Accuracy

Regular contact with ethics officials at all agency components can lead to consistency and improved accuracy across all elements of an ethics program. 


September 9, 2011

Solution for Identifying New Employees

Agency ethics officials work with their information technology division to identify new employees who should receive initial ethics orientation and file financial disclosure reports.  


September 8, 2011

Electronic Filing of Financial Disclosure Reports May Increase Timeliness, Consistency, and Accuracy of the Financial Disclosure Program (NASA)

NASA has seen an increase in the timeliness, consistency, and accuracy in its financial disclosure program following implementation of an electronic filing system.