March 10, 2014 – Washington, DC –
U.S. Office of Government Ethics
Today the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) releases its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014 through 2018. The Strategic Plan reflects OGE’s continued
commitment to: (1) the shared belief that public service is a public trust, and (2) to an executive branch ethics program that is part of the very foundation
of public service. OGE provides overall leadership and oversight of the
executive branch ethics program designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of
interest. With oversight provided by OGE, more than 5,000 federal ethics
officials carry out the ethics program in over 130 agencies across the
executive branch. These dedicated professionals bring to life the world’s most
rigorous ethics program.
An academic once characterized the mission of the
government ethics program as being “ethics in action.” Consistent with that
view, the strategic plan highlights OGE’s efforts to transform ethical
aspirations into practical realities.
–Walter M. Shaub, Jr.,
Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics
Advance a strong, uniform executive
branch ethics program by interpreting and advising on ethics laws, policies,
and program management; holding executive branch agencies accountable for
carrying out an effective ethics program; contributing to the professional
development of ethics officials; and modernizing and implementing the ethics
rules and regulations.
Contribute to the continuity of senior
leadership in the executive branch by providing assistance to the President and
the Senate in the Senate confirmation process, promoting leadership support of
the executive branch ethics program, and supporting succession planning in the
executive branch ethics program.
Promote transparency of the executive
branch ethics program by raising the visibility of both the executive branch
ethics program and the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, and by ensuring that
ethics information is publicly available.
Office of Government Ethics