Director's Notes

Release of OGE’s Strategic Plan

March 10, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

OGE has released its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, which lays out OGE’s strategy for accomplishing the important mission of the executive branch ethics program.

Government Ethics Education Year in Review

February 26, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

Ethics training is essential to ensuring uniformity in the application of ethics laws and policy. 2013 saw a significant expansion of OGE’s ethics education offerings.

OGE’s Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

February 11, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

OGE’s Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey illustrates the high standard to which federal employees are held and the potential consequences for the few who violate the public’s trust.

Meeting with Senior White House Officials and Agency Ethics Leaders

January 31, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

This week I met with senior White House officials and agency ethics leaders to discuss recent developments in the executive branch ethics community. 

Announcing OGE’s New General Counsel

January 22, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

I am pleased to announce that the U.S. Office of Government Ethics has a new General Counsel. This morning, I administered the oath of office to David J. Apol.

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2013 Year in Review

January 07, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

One year ago, I was sworn in as Director of OGE, a “small agency with the big mission of making sure the public can have confidence in the government’s impartiality.” Looking back a year later, I am proud of the work that OGE accomplished in 2013.

The Gift Rules Do Not Take a Holiday

December 13, 2013
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

This time of year has become a season for gift-giving and gift-getting. In the federal workplace, the ethics rules prohibiting certain gifts do not take a holiday.

Responding to Emerging Issues: The Windsor Decision

December 05, 2013
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

In the context of the Windsor decision, OGE’s Director discusses one of the most important ways OGE serves the executive branch ethics community – providing timely and accurate advice on emerging issues affecting the ethics program. 

35th Anniversary of the Ethics in Government Act

November 08, 2013
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

The Office of Government Ethics celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, the law most directly responsible for the executive branch ethics program as we know it.

Welcome to the Director's Notes

September 27, 2013
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.
WH Photo OGE Director Walt Shaub (left) and other agency heads meet with President Obama and OMB Director Sylvia Burwell.

We have created this new feature so I can talk to you directly about the ethics program in the executive branch of the Federal government.