The U.S. Office of Government Ethics, established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, provides overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest. OGE's mission is part of the very foundation of public service. The first principle in the Fourteen Principles of Public Service is, "[p]ublic service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws and ethical principles above private gain." Public servants are expected to make impartial decisions based on the interests of the public when performing their job duties. The executive branch ethics program ensures that employees fulfill this great trust. OGE works with a community of ethics practitioners in more than 130 agencies to implement that program.
To carry out its leadership and oversight responsibilities, OGE promulgates and maintains enforceable standards of ethical conduct for approximately 2.7 million civilian employees in over 130 executive branch agencies and the White House; oversees a financial disclosure system that reaches more than 27,000 public and more than 370,000 confidential financial disclosure report filers; ensures that executive branch ethics programs are in compliance with applicable ethics laws and regulations; provides education and training to the more than 5,500 ethics officials executive branch-wide; conducts outreach to the general public, the private sector, and civil society; and provides technical assistance to state, local, and foreign governments and international organizations.
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The mission of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is to provide overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program, is designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest. This section provides information about how OGE fulfills its important mission. It also describes the roles and responsibilities that agency heads, ethics officials, federal employees, and the public have in implementing the executive branch ethics program.
OGE is headed by a Director who is appointed to a five-year term by the President. In addition to the Office of the Director, OGE is divided into four divisions that work in concert to carry out OGE's mission. This section describes the responsibilities and activities of the Director and the four divisions.
The Director’s Notes provide an inside perspective of OGE and the executive branch ethics program from the Director himself. This section also contains an archive of all Director’s Notes.
OGE monitors congressional activity for ethics-related legislation that affects the executive branch ethics program and shares its expertise with Congress. This section provides links to ethics legislation and legislative proposals, correspondence to Congress, budget and appropriations information, reports and testimony to Congress.
This section provides information about and links to OGE’s performance and strategic documents, compliance reports, administrative policies, procedures, and plans, website policies, social media privacy statement.
At the request of foreign policy agencies and entities of the U.S. Government, OGE discusses its role as a corruption prevention organization and shares its experiences with foreign governments directly and within multilateral processes. This section describes OGE’s international activities and provides links to key reference documents, translated documents, papers and speeches, and related international links.
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