Ethics Legislation

OGE monitors Congressional activity for ethics and ethics-related legislation affecting executive branch agencies.  To keep agencies apprised of new developments in the executive branch ethics program, OGE provides relevant updates from the current Congress and publishes a legal advisory on bills of interest and an updated compilation of executive branch ethics laws at the conclusion of each Congress. 

113th Congress

The 113th Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the following legislation affecting the executive branch ethics program: 

An Act that modifies the STOCK Act (Pub. L. 113-7) (April 15, 2013) by limiting the online posting requirement for public financial disclosure reports to the President, the Vice President and any officer occupying a position at Levels I and II of the Executive Schedule.  The law also eliminates the requirement that the electronic financial disclosure system allow for the searching, sorting and downloading of data contained in the reports.  For more information on the STOCK Act, click here  

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113-6)(March 26, 2013) contains two provisions that affect the executive branch ethics program, including new notification and reporting requirements for agencies that hold a conference during fiscal year 2013.  See LA-13-07     

112th Congress

The 112th Congress introduced two new laws of particular important to the executive branch ethics community: the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (“STOCK Act”) and the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 (“Streamlining Act”).  Additionally, OGE detected a trend in legislative activity aimed at imposing new restrictions on executive branch travel and conference spending and addressing conflicts of interest in the federal grants process.  Learn More 

111th Congress

The 111th Congress introduced two new laws of particular importance to the executive branch ethics community: the re-codification of the Procurement Integrity Act and changes to the ethics laws for the intelligence community.  Additionally, OGE detected a trend in legislative activity aimed at imposing new post-employment restrictions on certain executive branch employees.  Learn More 

110th Congress

The 110th Congress passed three new public laws affecting supplementation of salary restrictions, certain contractor ethics safeguards, and post-employment restrictions for certain Senior Level and Scientific and Professional executive branch employees.  Learn More