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Shelley Finlayson

Shelley Finlayson, Chief of Staff and Program Counsel


Leadership Notes

Welcome to OGE’s wholly new website. OGE hopes the new navigation, search collections, and content strengthen the executive branch ethics program, increase transparency, and improve accountability.

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Legal Advisory
| 09/24/2020

This Legal Advisory provides guidance on recurring book deals issues relevant to incoming and outgoing employees that OGE did not directly address in OGE DAEOgram DO-08-006. Specifically, this Advisory shares guidance provided by OGE since 2008 relating to the ability of employees, during government service, to: (1) receive compensation for updating a textbook or other book that was initially written prior to government service; (2) engage in promotional activities as part of a book deal; and (3) try to sell a book idea or “shop a book around.”

Leadership Note
| 09/21/2020

Welcome to OGE’s wholly new website. OGE hopes the new navigation, search collections, and content strengthen the executive branch ethics program, increase transparency, and improve accountability.

Program Advisory
| 09/09/2020

This Program Advisory explains how and when to submit the questionnaire response, describes the changes made from the 2019 questionnaire, and provides executive branch agencies with an advance copy of the 2020 questionnaire. In addition, this Advisory explains how OGE uses the data and reminds agencies of the public availability of the questionnaire.

Leadership Note
| 09/08/2020

Ethics agreements are designed to ensure that incoming officials are free from the kinds of financial entanglements that could compromise their objectivity or prevent them from performing their duties.

Program Advisory
| 08/18/2020

This Program Advisory details the recent revisions to the OGE/GOVT-1 and OGE/GOVT-2 governmentwide systems of records covering ethics records. The changes included several new and modified routine uses.

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.


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