United States Office of Government Ethics, Preventing Conflicts of Interest in the Executive Branch

Open Government

Building public confidence in the impartiality of government decision making is at the core of OGE’s mission. In support of the President’s commitment to the principle of an open government, OGE directs resources toward raising the visibility of OGE and the systems in place to identify and resolve conflicts of interest. OGE also directs resources toward making ethics documents publicly available. Transparency increases accountability and public confidence by providing information to the public about the work of government and the integrity of its decision-making processes. To learn more about how OGE is incorporating the principles of open government, read OGE’s Open Government Plan.

As part of OGE’s commitment to the principle of transparency in government, OGE provides the information listed below. In addition, information about the agency’s work is available throughout the website, including information on OGE’s administration of the Freedom of Information Act and OGE’s implementation of the Plain Writing Act.

To submit general ideas and comments related to open government at OGE, to give feedback on the quality of information published by the agency, or to provide input about the kinds of information the agency should prioritize for publication, please contact OGE by email at ContactOGE@oge.gov.

Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire Responses
Each year, executive branch agencies are required to provide to OGE responses to a questionnaire. The Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire (Annual Questionnaire) asks for information about ethics officials and the administration of agency ethics programs, as well as core elements of the ethics program that assist in the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest. Individual agency responses to the Annual Questionnaire can be viewed here.
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Presidential, Vice Presidential, Appointee, and Nominee Records
This page is used to access the public financial disclosure reports of the President and Vice President, Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, and others whose reports are required to be certified by OGE. Copies of ethics agreements may also be accessed using this page.
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Certificates of Divestiture
Executive branch agencies or the Office of Government Ethics can direct an executive branch employee to sell, or otherwise divest, an asset in order to comply with a Federal conflict of interest statute, regulation, rule, or executive order. If selling the asset will result in a capital gain, certain persons may be eligible for a Certificate of Divestiture (CD) to offset the tax burden.
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Program Review Reports
Use the searchable index on this page to find the report of OGE's ethics program review of a specific agency or department.
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Travel Reports
This section contains the semiannual reports of agencies of payments for travel, subsistence, and related expenses received from non-Federal sources in connection with the attendance of employees at certain meetings or similar functions.
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Presidential Candidate Reports
OGE has certified the Public Financial Disclosure Reports of the following individuals who have declared their candidacy for the Office of President of the United States. In accordance with the Ethics in Government Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 4 § 103(e), these individuals have filed a Public Financial Disclosure Report with the Federal Election Commission. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. app. 4 § 103(c), the report was transmitted to OGE.

The Public Financial Disclosure Reports filed by these candidates are available online after submitting an automated OGE Form 201, “Request to Inspect or Receive Copies of Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Reports or Other Covered Records.” Click on a name to access the individual's profile and to fill out the automated OGE Form 201.
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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
OGE is making more information available online to better serve the public and taking affirmative steps to make information public without waiting for specific requests from the public. The Electronic Reading Room contains records that have been frequently requested under FOIA (Frequently Requested Records), records encompassing OGE’s policies and procedures, OGE’s administrative staff manuals and instructions, and
OGE’s Annual FOIA Reports. The FOIA-Processed Records page contains records processed for release under the FOIA after January 1, 2017, with applicable exemptions.
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OGE Open Government Plan (2016-2017)pdf
OGE's Open Government Plan for calendar years 2016-2017.

Records Management at OGE

OGE Open Government Plan (2014-2015)pdf
OGE's Open Government Plan for calendar years 2014-2015.

Requests for Other Covered Records
In addition to requests for access to public financial disclosure reports, the OGE Form 201 can also be used to request access to certain other agency records covered under the access procedures of section 105 of the Ethics in Government Act and the implementing OGE regulations ("covered records").

Plain Language
Find out about OGE’s efforts to comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010 and comment on the understandability of posted OGE documents.