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

News Releases

09/13/2017

Read the Results of OGE’s Special Review of Ethics Waivers and Authorizations

08/01/2017

OGE seeks comments on its draft Strategic Plan

07/26/2017

OGE Publishes Summary and Individual Agency Responses to the CY16 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire

07/21/2017

President Trump Designates David J. Apol as OGE Acting Director

05/23/2017

OGE Releases its Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2018 and Annual Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2016

04/18/2017

OGE Issues a Legal Advisory to Assist Agencies in Identifying a “Sponsor” of an Event
On April 18, 2017, OGE issued a Legal Advisory to assist agencies in identifying a “sponsor” of an event for purposes of the Free Attendance Exclusion and the Widely Attended Gatherings (WAG) Exception.

03/20/2017

OGE Extends Comment Period: Request for Input From Members of the Public With Expertise in Trust Law

01/11/2017

The Full Text of Director Shaub’s Remarks at the Brookings Institution on January 11, 2017pdf
On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Office of Government's Director, Walter Shaub, Jr., presented at the Brookings Institution. The full text of the speech is available here.

01/03/2017

OGE Seeks Input From Members of the Public With Expertise in Trust Law

12/29/2016

OGE Issues Reminder of New Requirements Effective January 1, 2017
This program advisory discusses two new requirements involving notices that must be issued to prospective new employees and to new supervisors.

12/22/2016

OGE Discusses Recent Amendments to Subpart B of the Standards of Ethical Conduct, “Gifts from Outside Sources”
On December 21, 2016, OGE issued a Legal Advisory discussing the recent amendments to the provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern gifts from outside sources, found at 5 C.F.R. 2635, Subpart B.

11/18/2016

OGE Issues a Final Rule Revising Subpart B of the Standards of Ethical Conduct, “Gifts from Outside Sources”
On November 18, 2016, OGE published a final rule revising the provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern solicitation and acceptance of gifts from outside sources, found at 5 C.F.R. 2635, Subpart B. It is effective January 1, 2017.

11/03/2016

OGE Issues Updated Procedures for Notifying OGE of Conflict of Interest Referrals to the Department of Justice
OGE has updated its procedures associated with referrals to the Department of Justice of possible violations of criminal conflict of interest laws.

11/02/2016

OGE Finalizes Updates to Rules Applicable to the Executive Branch Ethics Program
On November 2, 2016, OGE published a final rule amending its regulations that govern the Executive Branch Ethics Program, which are found at 5 C.F.R. part 2638. The rule is a comprehensive revision that draws upon the collective experience of agency ethics officials across the executive branch and OGE as the supervising ethics office.

10/05/2016

OGE Proposes to Revise the Provisions of 5 CFR Part 2634 Governing “Executive Branch Financial Disclosure, Qualified Trusts, and Certificates of Divestiture”
OGE has published a proposed rule to update the financial disclosure regulation. The proposed amendments would implement the additional transaction and mortgage reporting requirements that Congress imposed in 2012 in the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act). In addition, OGE is proposing changes that would improve consistency between various government ethics regulations and the Ethics in Government Act.

09/27/2016

OGE Issues Plain Language Discussion for Agency Ethics Officials, Departing Employees, and Former Employees on the Post-Government Employment Restrictions
On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics issued a Legal Advisory discussing the post-Government employment restrictions, particularly those found in 18 U.S.C. § 207.

09/15/2016

OGE Posts Open Government Plan for 2016-2017

08/03/2016

OGE Discusses Recent Amendments to Subpart F of the Standards of Ethical Conduct, “Seeking Other Employment”
On August 3, 2016, OGE issued a Legal Advisory discussing the recent amendments to the provisions of the Standards of Ethical Conduct that govern seeking other employment found at 5 C.F.R. 2635, Subpart F.

07/26/2016

OGE Finalizes Updates to Ethics Rules Applicable to Seeking Other Employment
On July 26, 2016, OGE published final amendments to the regulations that govern seeking other employment by Federal executive branch employees. This is the first comprehensive set of amendments to these rules since the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch went into effect in 1993.

07/21/2016

OGE Adjusts Civil Monetary Penalties for Ethics in Government Act Violations
On June 28, 2016, OGE published an interim final rule adjusting the five civil monetary penalties set forth in the Ethics in Government Act. For a brief summary of the rule and effective penalties, see Legal Advisory LA-16-04 dated July 21, 2016.

07/18/2016

Following McDonnell, Executive Branch Ethics and Integrity Standards Remain Strong and Effective
On July 18, OGE issued a Legal Advisory emphasizing that the general prohibitions on executive branch employees’ soliciting and accepting gifts from outside sources are unaffected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision, McDonnell v. United States.

06/06/2016

OGE Proposes to Amend its Regulation that Describes the Elements and Procedures of the Executive Branch Ethics Program
On June 6, 2016, OGE published a proposed rule amending 5 C.F.R. Part 2638, “The Executive Branch Ethics Program.” This comprehensive revision is informed by more than three decades of experience gained by OGE and agency ethics officials in administering the program.

05/31/2016

OGE Works with Government of Kenya to Implement Anti-Corruption Curricula
At the invitation of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions, a representative from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics recently traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to assist Kenya’s government in implementing anti-corruption training for members of its civil service.

05/19/2016

OGE’s Active Support of Inspectors General Continues

01/14/2016

OGE Assists Kenya in Development of Ethics Training Curriculum
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) recently met with the Kenya School of Government to discuss model practices in developing and implementing effective civil service ethics training.

11/06/2015

The U.S. General Services Administration launched the 2016 Presidential Transition Directory on November 2, 2015
The U.S. General Services Administration launched the 2016 Presidential Transition Directory on November 2, 2015. The website is designed to help candidates in the 2016 Presidential election get quick and easy access to key resources about the federal government structure and key policies related to Presidential Transition.

08/28/2015

Former Director Mr. Stephen D. Potts Visits OGE
Former Director Mr. Stephen D. Potts Visits OGE

07/31/2015

OGE Publishes Annual Summary of Ethics Prosecutions

07/22/2015

OGE’s Director and General Counsel Present at DOJ’s Ethics Advisors’ Conference
OGE’s Director and General Counsel Present at DOJ’s Ethics Advisors’ Conference

06/02/2015

OGE Publishes Updated Compilation of Federal Ethics Laws
OGE Publishes Updated Compilation of Federal Ethics Law

05/28/2015

OGE Director Participates in Roundtable and Workshop at the London School of Economics
OGE Director Participates in Roundtable and Workshop at the London School of Economic

05/12/2015

OGE’s Program Counsel Presents at Anti-Corruption Symposium in Hong Kong
OGE’s Program Counsel Presents at Anti-Corruption Symposium in Hong Kong

04/13/2015

OGE Publishes its Sixth Annual Report on Political Appointees’ Compliance with the Ethics Pledge
OGE Publishes its Sixth Annual Report on Political Appointees’ Compliance with the Ethics Pledge

04/09/2015

OGE Publishes Proposed Updates to its FOIA Regulations
OGE Publishes Proposed Updates to its FOIA Regulations

02/06/2015

Director Walter Shaub and OGE Program Leaders Meet With Agency Ethics Officials
Director Walter Shaub and OGE Program Leaders Meet With Agency Ethics Officials

02/02/2015

OGE Releases its Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 and Annual Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2014
OGE Releases its Congressional Budget Justification and Annual Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 and Annual Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2014

02/01/2015

OGE Publishes Performance and Financial Highlights from Fiscal Year 2014
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) provides overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest. Fundamental to OGE’s mission is the belief that public service is a public trust. OGE, in concert with agency ethics practitioners through

12/18/2014

WATCH LIVE: Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management
WATCH LIVE: Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management What if you could see the places in your organization where ethics problems are likely to occur? Would it change the way you train? Would it change the way you deploy program resources? Could it change the amount of resources that you have to deploy?  You

12/11/2014

OGE Director meets with top leaders from OPM, OSC, and NEH
OGE Director meets with top leaders from OPM, OSC, and NEH.

12/03/2014

OGE Discusses Role of Financial Disclosure as a Conflicts Prevention Tool at World Bank Conference
OGE Discusses Role of Financial Disclosure as a Conflicts Prevention Tool at World Bank Conference

11/26/2014

The Passing of the Honorable Robert I. “RIC” Cusick, former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics
The Passing of the Honorable Robert I. “RIC” Cusick, former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics

11/26/2014

UN Report Cites OGE’s Communication Practices as Model Practices
UN Report Cites OGE’s Communication Practices as Model Practices

11/18/2014

OGE Publishes Highlights from the CY 13 Annual Agency Questionnaires
OGE Publishes Highlights from the CY 13 Annual Agency Questionnaires

11/07/2014

OGE Publishes a Summary of Ethics Prosecutions in 2013
OGE Publishes a Summary of Ethics Prosecutions in 2013

10/23/2014

OGE Participates in On-Site Visit and Review by a Commission of the Organization of American States’ Anticorruption Mechanism (MESICIC)
OGE Participates in On-Site Visit and Review by a Commission of the Organization of American States’ Anticorruption Mechanism (MESICIC)

10/15/2014

Watch Live on 10/16 at 12 noon: 2014 Nominee Ethics Agreement Guide
Watch Live on 10/16 at 12:00 noon: 2014 Nominee Ethics Agreement Guide

10/09/2014

Watch Live on 10/9 at 2:00 PM: An Introduction to Fundraising
Watch Live on 10/9 at 2:00 PM: An Introduction to Fundraising

09/22/2014

OGE Issues a New Program Review Report: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
On September 18, 2014, OGE issued a report of its program review of the ethics program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The report highlights model practices OGE identified during its review and includes recommendations addressing areas of VA’s ethics program that need to be strengthened. The report is

09/19/2014

Featured Speakers at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Congresswoman Donna Edwards
On September 23rd, the Honorable Donna Edwards of the U.S. House of Representatives will deliver a keynote address on the importance of government ethics. Congresswoman Edwards represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. She was sworn in after a special election to become a member of the U.S. House of Represe

09/19/2014

Featured Speakers at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Scott Amey, Craig Holman, Jason Miller, and Eric Yoder
What do good government advocacy groups, the press, OGE, and executive branch agency ethics programs have in common? Whether through internal controls or external oversight, these entities help ensure a transparent federal government that functions with integrity and free from conflicts of interest. Meet some of the

09/18/2014

Featured Speakers at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Joseph Gangloff, Patrick Kelley, Tim Mazur, and Emil Moschella
Featured Speakers at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Joseph Gangloff, Patrick Kelley, Tim Mazur, and Emil Moschella

09/18/2014

Featured Speakers at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Ambassador Norman Eisen and Professor Richard Painter
Featured Speakers at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Ambassador Norman Eisen and Professor Richard Painter

09/08/2014

Featured Speaker at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Max Stier
On September 9th, Max Stier will deliver a keynote address on the importance of ethical leadership in the executive branch at the National Government Ethics Summit. Mr. Stier is the President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to revitalizing the federal go

09/08/2014

Featured Speakers at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Michael Smallberg and David Zaring
Featured Speakers at the OGE National Government Ethics Summit: Michael Smallberg and David Zaring

08/28/2014

WATCH LIVE on 8/28 @ 1:00 PM: OGE National Government Ethics Virtual Summit Preview
WATCH LIVE on 8/28 @ 1:00 PM: OGE National Government Ethics Summit Preview

08/25/2014

The National Government Ethics Summit Brought to You By the U.S. Office of Government Ethicspdf
The National Government Ethics Summit: Strengthening our Community In any organization, it is the people who make or break an ethics program. Most people want to do the right thing, but knowing and understanding the rules often makes the difference between compliance and an ethics violation. That is why training is vit

08/21/2014

Watch Live on August 21 at 12:00 PM: Gifts of Free Attendance - 31 USC § 1353 v. WAG
Watch Live on August 21 at 12:00 PM: Gifts of Free Attendance - 31 USC § 1353 v. WAG

08/12/2014

OGE Director meets with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs
On August 11, 2014, OGE’s Director, Walter M. Shaub, Jr., met with the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald.

08/04/2014

Watch Live on August 5 7 at 2:00 PM: Gifts of Free Attendance MOOC
Watch Live on August 57 at 2:00 PM: Gifts of Free Attendance MOOC

07/31/2014

July Quarterly DAEO Meeting
On Wednesday, July 30, OGE Director Shaub held his third quarterly meeting of the year with Designated Agency Ethics Officials

07/10/2014

OGE meets with Commissioner and Deputy CEO of Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission as well as International Fellows from the GAO
OGE meets with Commissioner and Deputy CEO of Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

05/20/2014

OGE Meets with Philippines Ombudsman
OGE Meets with Philippines Ombudsman

05/14/2014

OGE' Director Meets with the Chair of the Federal Reserve to Discuss the Importance of the Ethics Program
OGE's Director Meets with the Chair of the Federal Reserve to Discuss the Importance of the Ethics Program

05/02/2014

April Quarterly DAEO Meeting
On Wednesday, April 30, OGE Director Shaub held a quarterly meeting with Designated Agency Ethics Official

03/28/2014

South Korea and OGE Benefit from Discussion of Similarities and Differences in their Ethics Programs
South Korea and OGE Benefit from Discussion of Similarities and Differences in their Ethics Program.

03/10/2014

U.S. Office of Government Ethics releases its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014-2018
March 10, 2014 – Washington, DC –U.S. Office of Government Ethics   Today the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) releases its strategic plan for fiscal years 2014 through 2018. The strategic plan reflects OGE’s continuedcommitment: (1) to the shared belief that public service is a public trust and;(2)

03/06/2014

OGE Officials Participate in the Interagency Ethics Council’s Panel on the STOCK Act
OGE Officials Participate in the Interagency Ethics Council’s Panel on the STOCK Act

01/23/2014

OGE Director Announces that OGE Has a New General Counsel, David J. Apol
OGE Director Announces that OGE Has a New General Counsel, David J. Apol

11/20/2013

OGE Director meets with Hong Kong and Romanian Anti-Corruption Officials
On November 20, 2013, OGE’s Director, Walter M. Shaub, met separately with anti-corruption officials from Hong Kong and Romania.

08/19/2013

OGE Issues Guidance on the Effect of the Supreme Court’s Decision Striking Section 3 of DOMA
In light of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is today issuing guidance regarding the effect of the decision on the Executive Branch ethics program.

07/25/2013

OGE Seeks Public Comment on Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2014-2017
OGE invites the public to comment on the OGE draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2014 to 2017.

04/18/2013

OGE Releases the Fourth Annual Report Pursuant To Executive Order 13490 “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”.
This report provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately. The report covers the time period January 1 through December 31, 2012.

04/17/2013

OGE Launches New Twitter Account
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has launched a new twitter account!

04/15/2013

President Signs Bill Limiting Online Posting Requirement of the STOCK Act
On April 15, 2013, President Obama signed into law S. 716, a bill that, among other things, limits the STOCK Act’s requirement for online posting of public financial disclosure reports.

04/12/2013

Congress Passes Bill Limiting Online Posting Requirement of the STOCK Act; Bill Heads to President
Congress has passed a bill that, among other things, would limit the STOCK Act’s requirement for online posting of public financial disclosure reports that is set to go into effect on April 15, 2013.

04/05/2013

U.S. Office of Government Ethics Sends Letter to Congress Concurring with National Academy of Public Administration Report Recommendation on STOCK ACT Posting
On April 5, 2013, OGE’s Director sent a letter to Congress concurring with the National Academy of Public Administration’s recommendation to suspend indefinitely a STOCK Act provision that would require online posting of personal financial data.

04/01/2013

National Academy of Public Administration Releases Report on STOCK Act
On March 28, 2013, in accordance with section 2 of Public Law 112-178, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) submitted an independent study on the impact of the STOCK Act to Congress and the President of the United States.

03/19/2013

OGE Issues Legal Advisory about Furlough Periods and Ethics Laws and Regulations
On March 18, 2013, OGE issued a legal advisory reminding executive branch employees that ethics laws and regulations continue to apply during the time that they are in a furlough status.

01/09/2013

President Obama Appoints Walter M. Shaub, Jr., as New OGE Director
On January 8, 2013, President Obama appointed Mr. Walter M. Shaub, Jr., as Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. He was sworn into office January 9, 2013.

12/07/2012

President Signs Bill to Extend STOCK Act Posting Deadline to April 15, 2013
On December 7, 2012, President Obama signed into law H.R. 6634, which extends the date by which certain Executive Branch public financial disclosure forms must be made available on the internet to April 15, 2013.  

12/06/2012

House and Senate Pass Bill to Extend STOCK Act Posting Deadline to April 15, 2013
On December 5, 2012, the House passed H.R. 6634, which extends the date by which certain Executive Branch public financial disclosure forms must be made available on the internet to April 15, 2013. The Senate passed the bill on December 6, 2012; it goes to the President next for signature.

09/28/2012

President Signs Amendment to Extend STOCK Act Posting Deadline to December 8th
On September 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law S. 3625, which extends the date by which certain Executive Branch public financial disclosure forms must be made available on the internet to December 8, 2012.

09/28/2012

Congress Passes Bill to Extend STOCK Act Posting Deadline to December 8
On September 28, 2012, Congress passed S. 3625, which extends the date by which certain Executive Branch public financial disclosure forms must be made available on the internet to December 8, 2012.

09/22/2012

Senate Passes Bill to Extend Stock Act Posting Deadline to December 8
On September 22, 2012, the Senate passed S. 3625, which extends the date by which certain Executive Branch public financial disclosure forms must be made available on the internet to December 8, 2012. The bill goes to the House next for consideration.

08/17/2012

President Signs Amendment to Extend STOCK Act August 31st Posting Deadline to September 30th
On August 16, 2012, President Obama signed into law S. 3510, which extends the date by which executive branch public financial disclosure forms must be made available on the internet to September 30, 2012.

08/03/2012

Congress Votes to Extend STOCK Act August 31st Posting Deadline to September 30th
Subsection 11(a)(1) the STOCK Act (Public Law 112 – 105) requires that by August 31, 2012, financial disclosure forms filed pursuant to title I of the Ethics in Government Act in calendar year 2012, and in subsequent years, be made available to the public on the official websites of the respective executive branch agencies not later than 30 days after such forms were filed.

06/20/2012

OGE Issues Legal Advisory Regarding New Periodic Transaction Reporting Requirement
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued a Legal Advisory providing guidance to ethics officials on the new requirement for periodic reporting of certain financial transactions.

05/25/2012

President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate New OGE Director
On May 24, 2012, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Walter M. Shaub, Jr. as the new Director of the Office of Government Ethics.

04/04/2012

OGE News: President Signs the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) (S. 2038)
On April 4, 2012, the President signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) (S. 2038).

03/22/2012

OGE News - Senate passes House version of STOCK Act; bill heads to President
On March 22, 2012, the Senate passed the House version of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) (S. 2038).

03/12/2012

Copies of Public Financial Disclosure Reports Now Available Online
Copies of the certified public financial disclosure reports (SF 278/OGE Form 278) and, as appropriate, Certificates of Divestiture for individuals who have been nominated by President Obama to executive branch positions requiring Senate confirmation may be obtained by completing the automated OGE Form 201

02/09/2012

OGE News: OGE Response to Senate Committee on STOCK Act
OGE responds to questions from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee regarding the scope of certain provisions of the STOCK Act (S. 2038), as amended and passed by the Senate on February 2, 2012.