U.S. Office of Government Ethics releases its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014-2018

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

Quick Facts 

  • Guided by the requirements in the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010, OGE developed its plan with input from key stakeholders such as Congress, executive branch ethics officials, public citizens, and government watchdog groups.
  • OGE’s three strategic goals are (1) uniformity, (2) continuity, and (3) transparency. The three goals reflect the broad, long-term outcomes OGE aspires to achieve in order to fulfill its mission of preventing conflicts of interest and its vision of achieving a high level of public confidence in the integrity of executive branch programs and operations.

(1) Uniformity 
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.


(2) Continuity  
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.


(3) Transparency  
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.


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Vince Salamone
Media Liaison
Office of Government Ethics
(p) 202-482-9274
(e) vince.salamone@oge.gov