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OGE's Data Page includes links to OGE's Data Governance Board charter, which describes the development and implementation of the policies and processes which govern the collection or creation, management, use, and disclosure of OGE data. This page also includes OGE's data priority goals.
Freedom of Information Act
OGE responds to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, which is a law that gives the public the right to request Federal Government records.
OGE issues Information Quality Guidelines (PDF) to describe the agency’s policy for ensuring the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information that it disseminates to the public and to set forth the administrative procedures by which an affected person may obtain correction of disseminated information that does not comply with the guidelines.
- Information Quality Guidelines (PDF)
- Information Quality Correspondence
At this time, OGE has received no information quality correction requests; however, OGE will update this page if it receives any requests.
- Forthcoming Influential Scientific Disseminations (Agenda)
Based on the review it has conducted, OGE believes that it does not currently produce or sponsor the distribution of influential scientific information (including highly influential scientific assessments) within the definitions promulgated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As a result, at this time OGE has no agenda of forthcoming influential scientific disseminations to post on its website in accordance with OMB’s Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review.
Building public confidence in the impartiality of government decision-making is at the core of OGE’s mission. In support of its 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.
The Plain Writing Act of 2010 (PDF) requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." President Obama also emphasized the importance of establishing "a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration" in his January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. The Office of Government Ethics is committed to writing new documents in plain language by October 2011, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.
We are training our employees and have strengthened our oversight process. We must use plain language in any document that:
- is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes;
- provides information about any federal government benefit or service; or
- explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.
The act also requires our agency to use plain writing in every paper or electronic letter, publication, form, notice, or instruction. We are required to report our progress and compliance with the Act and will post annual reports here.
OGE needs your help to comply with this Act. Please contact us at ContactOGE@oge.gov and let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website.
Records Management at OGE
The mission of the OGE Records Management Program is to promote, preserve and protect OGE records by implementing all
requirements of the Federal Records Act, as amended. OGE continues implementing plans to achieve compliance with the requirements
in the Transitioning to Electronic Records Directive of June 28, 2019, M-19-21 and continue meeting the major goals and actions outlined
in the Directive. This includes establishing and disseminating records management policies and procedures to ensure that all records,
including email, are maintained and disposed of according to NARA-approved records disposition schedules.