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Emory Rounds

Emory Rounds, Director

Leadership Notes

The Ethics Community Will Not Be Deterred from Carrying Out Its Important Role in the Transfer of Power

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Legal Advisory
| 01/22/2021

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order titled “Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel.” Pursuant to the Executive Order, OGE is providing a copy of the Ethics Pledge and a link to the Executive Order. The legal advisory also addresses the revocation of Executive Order 13770.

Leadership Note
| 01/19/2021

The dedicated career professionals in the ethics community provide a thread of experience and certainty between administrations, and they will not be deterred from their important work.

Legal Advisory
| 01/06/2021

This Legal Advisory briefly describes Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), and Business Development Companies (BDCs), and provides guidance on the financial disclosure reporting requirements and conflicts of interest analysis applicable to each of these assets. Ethics officials should consider REITs and MLPs as operating businesses and BDCs as investment funds, and report and analyze them accordingly. The appendices to this document serve as a quick reference for disclosure guidance and conflicts of interest analysis for these assets.

Legal Advisory
| 01/05/2021

This Legal Advisory identifies the 2021 thresholds for: (1) determining which senior employees are subject to the post-employment restrictions; (2) identifying which officers and employees must file public financial disclosure reports; and (3) implementing the outside employment and outside earned income restrictions for certain covered noncareer employees.

Featured Resources

Presidential Election Readiness

OGE helps ensure that the executive branch ethics community is ready and able to assist incoming administrations appoint senior government officials quickly and in compliance with ethics rules.

Guide for Nominees (PDF)

OGE developed this Guide as a resource for potential Senate-confirmed, Presidential nominees.

Compilation of Federal Ethics Laws (PDF)

OGE has complied the most pertinent laws under the jurisdiction of the ethics program as well as other related statutes on which ethics officials are often called upon to provide advice to agency employees.

Summary of the Standards of Conduct (PDF)

OGE is responsible for issuing and interpreting the Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.

Institute for Ethics in Government

OGE provides professional development opportunities for executive branch ethics officials through its Institute for Ethics in Government.

Public Financial Disclosure Guide

OGE maintains a guide to assist filers and reviewers of public financial disclosure reports.

Updated Public Financial Disclosure Frequently Asked Questions

OGE developed Frequently Asked Questions on public financial disclosure reports to assist the public in understanding these reports and knowing when and how to access them.