This section contains answers to questions you may have about how to fill out the OGE Form 278, the Public Financial Disclosure Report for executive branch officials (formerly the SF 278). A copy of the OGE Form 278 and its complete instructions (PDF) can be found on this website in the Forms Library. The answers to many of your questions can be found in the report’s instructions. You should be sure to refer to those instructions while you are filling out the report.
However, if you still have questions after reading the instructions, you may want to look at the questions and answers in this section. They cover some of the most common issues that may arise for filers. If you can’t find the answer to your question here or in the instructions, you should contact your agency ethics official for assistance.
Once you have completed your report, it should be submitted to your agency, not to OGE. Unless you work at an agency that has a special project for electronic submission of the OGE Form 278, you must manually sign the report and file a paper copy with your designated agency ethics official. The ethics official will review the report for any potential conflicts of interest, and may contact you for further information. Filling out the report correctly will help to minimize the amount of time you have to spend responding to questions from your ethics official. Once your ethics official is satisfied that the report is complete and accurate, and that any appropriate steps are taken to remedy potential conflicts of interest, he will sign it. The reports of certain senior officials are sent to OGE for further review and certification.
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