Authorizing Legislation & Congressional Oversight

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) was created by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and became an independent agency in 1989. OGE’s mission is to foster high ethical standards for executive branch employees and to strengthen the public’s confidence that the Government’s business is conducted with impartiality and integrity. Over the years, the agency has been successfully reviewed and reauthorized by Congress.

  •  Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. 95-521, 92 Stat. 1824-1867 (PDF)
  •  OGE Reauthorization Act of 1983, Pub. L. 98-150, 97 Stat. 959 (PDF), Senate Report 98-59 (PDF)
  •  OGE Reauthorization Act of 1988, Pub. L. 100-598, 102 Stat. 3031 (PDF)
  •  Ethics Reform Act of 1989, Pub. L. 101-194, 202, 103 Stat. 1716, at 1724 (PDF)
  •  Office of Government Ethics Authorization Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-179, 110 Stat. 1566 (PDF)
  •  Office of Government Ethics Authorization Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-119, 115 Stat. 2382 (PDF)
  •  Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007, (Excerpt) Pub. L. 110-5, 121 Stat. 8 (PDF)
  •  Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act), Pub. L. 112-105, 126 Stat. 295 (PDF)

OGE's primary oversight committees are the: