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

Program Management Advisories

The Program Management Advisories page contains the DAEOgrams on managing an ethics program published by OGE from 1992 to 2010 and the Program Management Advisories, which OGE began publishing in 2011.


05/11/2017

PA-17-03: Certification of Ethics Agreement Compliance by Senate-Confirmed Presidential Appointeespdf
This program advisory is to simplify and make uniform the process for reporting and monitoring compliance with ethics agreements. The adoption of the attached Certification of Ethics Agreement Compliance will also increase transparency regarding the actions that the executive branch's most senior leaders are taking to resolve potential conflicts of interest.

04/28/2017

PA-17-02: Data Call for Certain Waivers and Authorizationspdf
This program advisory is a data call for waivers and authorizations issued to certain appointees in the White House and other agencies from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017, under the following authorities: Executive Order 13770, Executive Order 13490, 18 U.S.C. § 208(b)(1), 5 C.F.R. § 2635.502(d), and 5 C.F.R. § 2635.503(c).

04/14/2017

PA-17-01: Deadlines and Procedures for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Employees (2017 Filing Cycle)pdf
This program advisory announces deadlines for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees and procedures for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees whose reports agencies are required to transmit to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. The deadlines and procedures apply to 2017 annual public financial disclosure reports that are due in May 2017 and cover calendar year 2016.

12/29/2016

PA-16-11: Ethics Notices for Prospective New Employees and New Supervisors pdf
This program advisory discusses two new requirements involving notices that must be issued to prospective new employees and to new supervisors.

12/15/2016

PA-16-10: STOCK Act Notification Requirement Reminderpdf
This Program Advisory encourages agency ethics officials to remind political appointees and other public financial disclosure report filers about the notification requirements under the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act). *attachment updated 12/23/2016 - fields now fillable on page 3, no content changes.

11/03/2016

PA-16-09: Updated Procedures for Notifying the Office of Government Ethics of Conflict of Interest Referrals to the Department of Justicepdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is updating its procedures associated with referrals to the Department of Justice (DOJ) of possible violations of criminal conflict of interest laws. This Program Advisory describes the updated procedures, announces a revised OGE Form 202 (Notification of Conflict of Interest Referral), provides instructions for the office making the referral to DOJ, and provides instructions for the Designated Agency Ethics Official of the agency that employs the individual who is the subject of the referral.

10/26/2016

PA-16-08: New Job Aid: Nominee Public Financial Disclosure Review Checklistspdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has posted on its website a new job aid to support Presidential nominees for positions requiring Senate confirmation (PAS nominees) in complying with applicable requirements for public financial disclosure. The aid, a collection of public financial disclosure review checklists, will also support agency ethics officials in reviewing PAS nominees’ financial disclosure reports.

10/18/2016

PA-16-07: Release of New Education Productspdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) believes that ethics training is an important tool to help employees perform the government’s work with professionalism and integrity. To help agency ethics officials with this critical task, OGE is pleased to announce the release of a portfolio of education and training products agency ethics officials can use for initial ethics orientation and annual ethics training. These education products not only exceed the minimal regulatory requirements, but were specifically designed to be customized by agencies and tailored to their missions and to the work their employees perform.

09/22/2016

PA-16-06: Acceptance Date for Termination Filingspdf
This Program Advisory clarifies the circumstances under which an agency may accept a termination public financial disclosure report prior to the termination of the employment of a public filer in a position subject to public filing requirements.

09/21/2016

PA-16-05: Release of OGE’s Confidential Financial Disclosure Guidepdf
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has released a new Confidential Financial Disclosure Guide, which provides comprehensive guidance on financial disclosure requirements for both new entrant and annual confidential reports in the executive branch.

06/03/2016

PA-16-04: Release of OGE’s Certificate of Divestiture Reference Guidepdf
This program advisory contains OGE’s Certificate of Divestiture Reference Guide for employees. The Reference Guide summarizes key elements of the Certificate of Divestiture Program.

05/05/2016

PA-16-03: Deadline for Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Candidates for President and Vice Presidentpdf
OGE announces the deadline for Public Financial Disclosure Reports of candidates for President and Vice President.

04/27/2016

PA-16-02: Release of OGE’s Public Financial Disclosure Guidepdf
This program advisory announces the release of the new web-based Public Financial Disclosure Guide for filers and reviewers of the OGE Form 278e and the OGE Form 278-T.

04/21/2016

PA-16-01: Deadlines and Procedures for Annual Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Employees (2016 Filing Cycle)pdf
This program advisory announces deadlines for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees and procedures for the public financial disclosure reports of executive branch employees whose reports agencies are required to transmit to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE).

03/23/2015

PA-15-02: Public Financial Disclosure Report Form (OGE Form 278e)pdf
Presidential campaigns are advised that OGE recently implemented a redesigned executive branch public financial disclosure form, the OGE Form 278e (Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report). Candidates for the Office of the President of the United States or the Office of the Vice President of the United States should use the OGE Form 278e.

03/02/2015

PA-15-01: Implementation of Integrity and New Public Financial Disclosure Report Formpdf
Under the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA), and the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act), the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is responsible for establishing and supervising a financial disclosure program for the executive branch. OGE is implementing Integrity, the new executive branch-wide electronic filing system for public filers. This Program Advisory provides Designated Agency Ethics Officials (DAEOs) with information regarding Integrity and related data-submission requirements.

09/18/2014

PA-14-02: 2014 PAS Nominee Ethics Agreement Guidepdf
This Program Management Advisory announces the release of the 2014 PAS Nominee Ethics Agreement Guide.

04/28/2014

PA-14-01: 2014 Due Dates for Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Officials Required to be Transmitted to OGEpdf
This Program Management Advisory reminds ethics officials of the deadlines associated with the 2014 filing cycle for annual public financial disclosure reports.

05/23/2013

PA-13-02: 2013 Due Dates for Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Officials Required to be Filed with OGEpdf
This Program Management Advisory reminds ethics officials of the deadlines associated with the 2013 filing cycle for annual public financial disclosure reports.

01/09/2013

PA-13-01: Ethics Pledge Assessmentpdf
OGE will be distributing the Ethics Pledge assessment to agencies on January 14, 2013. Agencies are requested to complete the assessment by February 4, 2013. This assessment is separate from the Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire.

04/16/2012

PA-12-04: Nominee and New Entrant 278 Guidepdf
This Program Management Advisory announces the launch of a web guide for individuals filing the OGE Form 278 as new entrants or as nominees to Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed (PAS) positions.

03/01/2012

PA-12-03: Ethics Agreement Compliancepdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is implementing a new process by which agencies can forward compliance documentation for ethics agreements. Agencies who are forwarding compliance documentation to OGE must submit via email to eacompliance@oge.gov.

01/04/2012

PA-12-01: Ethics Pledge Assessmentpdf
 The United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is compiling information to assess agency compliance with Executive Order 13490, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel” (January 21, 2009). OGE is requesting information relative to full-time non-career appointees appointed during calendar year 2011. The information will be used to prepare the annual public report as required by the Executive Order.

12/15/2011

PA-11-06: Ethics Pledge Assessmentpdf
 In January 2012, OGE will be compiling information to assess agency compliance with Executive Order 13490, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel.”  We will be collecting information relative to appointees appointed during calendar year 2011.  The information will be used to prepare the annual public report as required by the Executive Order. 

09/20/2011

PA-11-05: 2011 Annual Survey of Ethics Officialspdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics is launching its Annual Survey of Ethics Officials. The survey will be distributed to the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO), Alternate DAEO, and other high-level agency ethics contacts at all executive branch agencies. The survey will be open for responses until October 6, 2011.

08/29/2011

PA-11-04: Financial Disclosure Certificationpdf
This Program Management Advisory serves as a reminder and clarification of the requirements for timely certification of financial disclosure reports under 5 C.F.R. § 2634.605(a). During recent program reviews, PRD has found some confusion and different interpretations among agencies regarding the requirement to accomplish final certification of financial disclosure reports within 60 days of their receipt.

05/02/2011

PA-11-03: 2011 Due Dates for Public Financial Disclosure Reports Required to be Filed with the United States Office of Government Ethicspdf
This Program Management Advisory reminds ethics officials that public financial disclosure reports are due nol later than May 16, 2011.

03/30/2011

PA-11-02: Procedural Update for Reporting Payments Accepted Under 31 U.S.C. § 1353pdf
This Program Management Advisory serves as a reminder, notice of change, and clarification of the requirements for reporting payments accepted under 31 U.S.C. § 1353.

01/27/2011

PA-11-01: Ethics Pledge Compliance Assessmentpdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is compiling information to assess agency compliance with Executive Order 13490, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel” (January 21, 2009). OGE is requesting information relative to full-time non-career appointees appointed during calendar year 2010. The information will be used to prepare the annual public report as required by the Executive Order.

12/30/2010

DO-10-021: The Final DAEOgrampdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics announces the retirement of the DAEOgram. OGE will transmit guidance via Legal Advisories, Program Management Advisories, and Education Advisories.

09/27/2010

DO-10-015: 2010 Annual Survey of Ethics Officialspdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics announces the launch of the 2010 Annual Survey of Ethics Officials. The survey provides OGE with information to enhance the executive branch ethics program.

06/23/2010

DO-10-012: Annual Update of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) Component Designationspdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics reminds Designated Agency Ethics Officials of the annual requirement to forward a letter stating whether components currently designated should remain designated.

05/17/2010

DO-10-011: Notifying the United States Office of Government Ethics of Filing Extensionspdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics reminds agencies to notify OGE of all Presidentially Appointed Senate Confirmed (PAS) officials and Designated Agency Ethics Officials (DAEO) who received extensions of the filing deadline.

05/03/2010

DO-10-007: 2010 Ethics Program Awardspdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics announces the 2010 Ethics Program Award recipients.

04/27/2010

DO-10-006: 2010 Due Dates for Public Financial Disclosure Reports of Executive Branch Officials Required to be Filed with OGEpdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics announces the due dates for public financial disclosure reports of executive branch officials required to be filed with OGE in 2010.

12/11/2009

DO-09-033: 2009 Ethics Pledge Compliance Assessmentpdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics is compiling information to assess agency compliance with Executive Order 13490, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel."" The information will be used to prepare the annual public report as required by Executive Order.

12/09/2009

DO-09-031: Reminder Regarding Transmission of Termination Public Financial Disclosure Reports to the United States Office of Government Ethicspdf
he United States Office of Government Ethics reminds Designated Agency Ethics Officials that PAS officials serving in covered public financial disclosure filing positions are required to file a termination public financial disclosure report within 30 days after leaving office.

08/04/2009

DO-09-023: OGE Begins Compliance Assessment of the Ethics Pledge (Executive Order 13490)pdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics has begun an assessment of agency compliance with the Ethics Pledge requirement of Executive Order 13490, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel.”

07/14/2009

DO-09-022: Survey of Designated Agency Ethics Officials Relating to the Ethics Pledgepdf
The United States Office of Government Ethics will be conducting an electronic survey to assess agency compliance with administration of the Ethics Pledge required by President Obama’s Executive Order 13490.

04/28/2009

DO-09-015: Procedures and Required Evidence of Compliance for Ethics Agreements Made by PAS Nomineespdf
This memorandum reiterates and clarifies previous guidance regarding which commitments in a PAS nominee's ethics agreement require evidence of compliance and what documentation the United States Office of Government Ethics will accept as demonstrating compliance.

01/30/2009

DO-09-004: Guidance on the Use of Digital Signatures with the Confidential Financial Disclosure Formpdf
As of January 30, 2009, agencies are authorized to allow digital signatures on the electronically fillable PDF version of the confidential financial disclosure form (OGE Form 450) if their agency’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) has approved a digital signature process.

09/10/2008

DO-08-028: 2008 Ethics Program Awardspdf
OGE announces the winners of the 2008 Ethics Program Awards for outstanding achievement in managing the ethics program.

02/23/2007

DO-07-004: 2007 Training Award Recipientspdf
OGE describes creative, innovative educational programs and tools being used by the 2007 Training Award recipients. The products serve as models of programs that can be adapted for use by other agencies.

08/29/2006

DO-06-026: 2007 Training Awardspdf
OGE discusses training as the principal avenue for explaining to federal employees why ethical behavior is important in government. OGE announces a new award program for ethics training.

06/19/2006

DO-06-018: Director's Introductory Messagepdf
Robert I. Cusick, newly confirmed as Director of OGE, shares an introductory message with the ethics community.

05/02/2005

DO-05-011: Rotational Assignment Programpdf
OGE describes policies for a program to provide professional development opportunities for executive branch employees who work in the ethics program, as well as for OGE employees who have substantive ethics program duties. This memorandum describes the purpose of the Rotational Assignment Program (RAP) and provides guidelines for its administration.

01/13/2004

DO-04-002: 25th Anniversary Year Ethics Messagepdf
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the modern executive branch ethics program, OGE provides a sample message that ethics officials may send to employees to heighten employee awareness and understanding of the ethics program.

11/18/2003

DO-03-023: Reporting Payments Accepted Under 31 U.S.C. § 1353pdf
OGE provides information on the procedures for submitting semiannual reports of payments received from non-Federal sources in connection with the attendance of employees at certain meetings or similar functions (31 U.S.C. § 1353).

05/15/2003

DO-03-008: Reporting Payments Under 31 U.S.C. § 1353pdf
OGE provides information on the procedures for submitting semiannual reports of payments received from non-Federal sources in connection with the attendance of employees at certain meetings or similar functions (31 U.S.C. § 1353).

03/08/2002

DO-02-004: Change in the Ethics Agreement Compliance System for Senate-Confirmed Presidential Appointeespdf
OGE describes required evidence that must be submitted to OGE within three months from a nominee's Senate confirmation date with respect to certain recusals made by nominees under Subpart E of 5 C.F.R. part 2635 in the nominee's ethics agreement. OGE also summarizes policies on extensions of time to complete compliance with an ethics agreement, including timing considerations when an appointee will be applying for a Certificate of Divestiture.

03/13/2001

DO-01-007: Results of the Executive Branch Employee Ethics Survey 2000pdf
OGE summarizes the results of the Executive Branch Employee Ethics Survey 2000. The survey had two primary purposes. The first was to assess the effectiveness of the executive branch ethics program, from an employee perspective. The second was to assess executive branch ethical culture.

11/23/1999

DO-99-046: Joint Initiative on the Creation of Retention Periods for Common Ethics Program Recordspdf
OGE describes an initiative being undertaken with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to revise and expand the General Records Schedules' (GRS) coverage of ethics program records.

10/20/1999

Attachment to DO-99-037: Additional Information Concerning OGE's Review of the Confidential Financial Disclosure Systempdf
This attachment, DO-99-037A, sets forth general background information on efforts to improve the confidential financial disclosure system, discusses a recent review's scope and methodology, and provides details on OGE's primary findings.

10/20/1999

DO-99-037: Results of the Confidential Financial Disclosure System Reviewpdf
OGE summarizes the results of a survey of ethics officials assessing use of the OGE Optional Form 450-A, examining agency efforts to reduce the number of positions required to file confidential reports, and collecting the opinions of ethics officials on whether the confidential financial disclosure system is meeting its intended purpose.

02/22/1999

DO-99-007: Publication of Disposition Instructions On Agency Copies of Semiannual Expense Reports for Non-Federally Funded Travel and Related Recordspdf
OGE announces the publication of disposition instructions by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on the management of agency copies of Semiannual Expense Reports for Non-Federally Funded Travel (travel accepted under 31 U.S.C. § 1353) and related records.

11/19/1998

Attachment C to DO-98-031: Executive Summary of Results of Field Office Ethics Program Surveypdf
This attachment, DO-98-031C, is the executive summary of the results of the field office ethics program survey (1998).

11/17/1998

Attachment A to DO-98-031: Field Office Ethics Program Survey Questionnairepdf
This attachment, DO-98-031A, is the field office ethics program survey questionnaire (1998).

11/17/1998

DO-98-031: Results of the Survey of Agency Field Office Ethics Officialspdf
OGE publishes the results of its 1998 survey of ethics officials about various facets of their field office ethics programs.

11/13/1998

DO-98-030: Reporting Payments Accepted Under 31 U.S.C. § 1353pdf
Section 1353 of title 31, United States Code, authorizes the acceptance by executive branch agencies of payments for travel, subsistence, and related expenses from non-Federal sources in connection with the attendance of employees at certain meetings or similar functions. The statute provides that the head of each agency shall submit to the Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) semiannual reports of payments of more than $250 accepted under this authority. The next semiannual report should be submitted to OGE not later than November 30, 1998, concerning payments received during the period beginning on April 1, 1998, and ending on September 30, 1998. Agencies are required to submit negative reports.

09/10/1998

Attachment B to DO-98-031: Results of Field Office Ethics Program Surveypdf
This attachment, DO-98-031B, is the full report of the results of the field office ethics program survey (1998).

05/07/1998

DO-98-018: The Office of Government Ethics Biennial Report to Congresspdf
Under current law, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is required to submit biennially a report to Congress summarizing the actions taken in the ethics program during the previous two years and providing any other appropriate information. The report covering OGE's activities from January 1, 1996 through December 31, 1997 has just been issued, and a copy is attached.

06/02/1997

DO-97-026: Results of the Office of Government Ethics' (OGE) Agency Ethics Training Program Surveypdf
"In February 1997, OGE conducted a survey to learn more about the experiences, opinions, and needs of agency ethics officials regarding various facets of their agency ethics training programs. Ninety-four ethics officials responded to our survey questionnaire, with many adding valuable written comments. The report on the survey results is attached.

01/21/1997

DO-97-007: Changes in the Ethics Agreement Compliance System for Presidential Appointees Confirmed by the Senatepdf
In the Spring 1996 edition of the Ethics Newsgram, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) announced future changes to improve the administration of the ethics agreement compliance system for Presidential appointees confirmed by the Senate. This DAEOgram provides more details on those changes and how they will affect the system at executive branch agencies.

10/24/1996

DO-96-042: Results of the Review of the Structure of Ethics Offices Within the Executive Branchpdf
As part of our ongoing efforts to evaluate ethics programs and improve ethics in the Government, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) recently completed a review of the structure of ethics offices within the executive branch. Accordingly, I would like to share with you the results of this review.

04/02/1996

DO-96-017: Office of Government Ethics' Fourth Biennial Report to Congresspdf
Enclosed in this envelope is a copy of the Office of Government Ethics' (OGE) Fourth Biennial Report to Congress. This report is required by statute to be submitted every two years by the end of March.