Director's Notes

Public Financial Disclosure: Ensuring Integrity and Transparency in Government

May 19, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

Every year, the government's top leaders disclose their financial interests in reports that are available to the public. This annual exercise in transparency is a cornerstone of the ethics program because the executive branch uses these reports to identify and resolve potential conflicts of interests.

Honoring Our Public Servants. Connecting Citizens with Their Government

May 05, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

It’s Public Service Recognition Week! OGE thanks the dedicated public servants in our nation’s workforce of more than 2 million executive branch employees, especially the 5,000 executive branch ethics officials who protect the integrity of the government’s operations.

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Two Years since the Passage of the STOCK Act

April 04, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

Two years ago, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act) imposed the most sweeping changes to executive branch ethics laws in over 20 years.

OGE Hosts Virtual Ethics Training Symposium

March 27, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

This week, OGE hosted a virtual training symposium for approximately 150 executive branch agency ethics officials.

Sunshine Week 2014

March 19, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

OGE commemorates Sunshine Week by taking stock of how far OGE has come in promoting transparency.

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Release of OGE’s Strategic Plan

March 10, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

OGE has released its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, which lays out OGE’s strategy for accomplishing the important mission of the executive branch ethics program.

Government Ethics Education Year in Review

February 26, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

Ethics training is essential to ensuring uniformity in the application of ethics laws and policy. 2013 saw a significant expansion of OGE’s ethics education offerings.

OGE’s Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey

February 11, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

OGE’s Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey illustrates the high standard to which federal employees are held and the potential consequences for the few who violate the public’s trust.

Meeting with Senior White House Officials and Agency Ethics Leaders

January 31, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

This week I met with senior White House officials and agency ethics leaders to discuss recent developments in the executive branch ethics community. 

Announcing OGE’s New General Counsel

January 22, 2014
by Walter M. Shaub, Jr.

I am pleased to announce that the U.S. Office of Government Ethics has a new General Counsel. This morning, I administered the oath of office to David J. Apol.

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