The General Counsel and Legal Policy Division (GCLPD) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a uniform legal framework of Government ethics for Executive Branch employees. In addition, the GCLPD oversees the financial disclosure programs for persons nominated by the President to Executive Branch positions. Our work is focused on preventing financial conflicts of interest.
Ethics Law and Policy Branch
The Ethics Law and Policy Branch (ELPB) prevents conflicts of interest in the Executive Branch by developing executive branch ethics program policies and regulations, interpreting laws and regulations, assisting agencies in legal and policy implementations, and when appropriate, recommending changes in conflicts of interest and ethics statutes. The ELPB implements these policies by promulgating and maintaining enforceable standards of ethics conduct for the over four million civilian employees and uniformed service members in over 130 executive branch agencies. Specifically, the ELPB issues, drafts, and reviews regulations establishing the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 CFR Part 2635) as well as agency specific regulations supplementing these ethical standards. In addition, this branch also responds to requests for information from the media. Finally, the ELPB provides liaison to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget.
Presidential Nominations Branch
The Presidential Nominations Branch (PNB) directly supports the President’s constitutional duties to nominate and appoint officers to the Executive Branch. The PNB works closely with the White House and agency ethics officials to help prospective Presidential nominees to Senate-confirmed positions comply with the extensive financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act. The nominees will serve in the highest level positions in the Executive Branch. The PNB carefully evaluates the nominee’s financial disclosure report and works with the agency ethics official to prepare an individualized ethics agreement to avoid and resolve potential conflicts of interest before the nominee enters Government service. The PNB also reviews the financial disclosure reports of the most senior White House staff members.
For copies of certified public financial disclosure reports and ethics agreements of Presidential nominees and appointees transmitted to OGE, click here.
Don W. Fox, Principal Deputy Director and General Counsel
Seth Jaffe, Chief, Ethics Law and Policy Branch
Deborah Bortot, Chief, Presidential Nominations Branch