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

April 15, 2019

The Basics of the Regulatory Process

Have you ever wondered how OGE prevents conflicts of interest? We use a variety of tools and approaches, like training, financial disclosure, and counseling. One of our most significant tools is written, enforceable standards.

How can you get involved?  Comment on our regulations and keep tabs on our rulemakings.

Legal Expense Funds   Status

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Hearing

12/20/2018: As required by Executive Order 12866, the regulatory and review process, OGE sent a draft Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the Office of Management and Budget for clearance.

04/15/2019: The Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published. The public comment period is open until June 14, 2019. OGE will also hold a virtual public hearing on May 22, 2019.  Instructions for submitting comments and participating in the public hearing can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/15/2019-07390/notice-and-request-for-comments-legal-expense-fund-regulation

05/22/2019: OGE held the virtual public hearing in connection with the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The transcript can be found here: PDF

06/14/2019: The public comment period closed today. Written comments can be found here: PDF

07/17/2019: OGE met with agency ethics officials to hear their views on a possible legal expense fund regulation.