Attachment to DO-01-002: Federal Register Notice — Study Under the Presidential Transition Act of 2000

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[Federal Register: December 29, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 251)]
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OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS


Study Under the Presidential Transition Act of 2000 on Improving
the Financial Disclosure Process for Executive Branch Presidential
Nominees; Opportunity for Comment

AGENCY: Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Government Ethics is conducting a study under
the Presidential Transition Act of 2000 on improving the financial
disclosure process for executive branch Presidential nominees. This
notice indicates the pendency of OGE's study and provides the public
and agencies an opportunity to comment.

DATES: Any comments should be received by January 29, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Send any comments to the Office of Government Ethics, Suite
500, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20005-3917, Attention:
Ms. Jane S. Ley. Comments may also be sent electronically to OGE's
Internet E-mail address at usoge@oge.gov. For E-mail messages, the
subject line should include the following reference--``Comments
Regarding Financial Disclosure Process Study.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jane S. Ley, Deputy Director for
Government Relations and Special Projects, Office of Government Ethics,
telephone: 202-208-8022; TDD: 202-208-8025; FAX: 202-208-8037.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Office of Government Ethics is in the
midst of a six-month study under section 3 of the Presidential
Transition Act of 2000, Public Law 106-293 (October 12, 2000), on
improving the financial disclosure process for executive branch
Presidential nominees required to file reports under section 101(b) of
the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. appendix). Within six
months of the date of enactment of the new law (that is, by April 12,
2001), OGE has to submit a report based on the study to the Committee
on Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate and Committee on Government
Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Under the law, OGE's report will include recommendations and
legislative proposals on streamlining, standardizing and coordinating
the financial disclosure process and requirements for executive branch
Presidential nominees as well as avoiding duplication and burden with
respect to financial information disclosed to the White House, OGE, and
the Senate. The report may also address other matters relevant to the
process, as OGE deems appropriate. The law further provides that the
recommendations and proposals cannot, if implemented, have the effect
of lessening substantive compliance with any conflict of interest
requirement. Presidential nominees subject to Senate confirmation are
currently required to file detailed Public Financial Disclosure Reports
(the Standard Form (SF) 278 for executive branch nominees) with their
agencies and OGE, as well as certain financial and other information
filed with the White House, on the national security position
questionnaire (SF 86) processed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
and on various questionnaires developed by the respective confirming
Senate committees.
As part of its consideration of these important matters, OGE
believes it would be both appropriate and helpful to give the public
and agencies an opportunity to express their views. Interested persons
may submit comments to OGE, to be received by January 29, 2001,
regarding any specific part of the financial disclosure process study
or just to give general views on the study in order to assist OGE.

Approved: December 21, 2000.
Amy L. Comstock,
Director, Office of Government Ethics.
[FR Doc. 00-33220 Filed 12-28-00; 8:45 am]
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