Section 105 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), and 5 C.F.R. § 2634.603 authorize the solicitation of the information requested in this form. The primary use of the information on this form is to permit officials of the recipient agency to consider and process your request for inspection or receipt of a copy(ies) of the OGE Form 278/SF 278 Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report form(s) or other covered record(s) to which you seek access. Failure to furnish the information will result in this agency's inability to allow access to, or to provide copies of, the financial disclosure report form(s) or other record(s) requested. Otherwise, furnishing the requested information is voluntary. The information on this form itself may be publicly disclosed pursuant to proper request under section 105(b) of the Ethics Act or as otherwise authorized by law.
Additional disclosures of the information on this form may be made:
(1) to a Federal, State or local law enforcement agency if the disclosing agency becomes aware of a violation or potential violation of law or regulation;
(2) to a court or party in a court or Federal administrative proceeding if the Government is a party or in order to comply with a judge-issued subpoena;
(3) to a source when necessary to obtain information relevant to a conflict of interest investigation or decision;
(4) to the National Archives and Records Administration or the General Services Administration in records management inspections;
(5) to the Office of Management and Budget during legislative coordination on private relief legislation;
(6) to the Department of Justice or in certain legal proceedings when the disclosing agency, an employee of the disclosing agency, or the United States is a party to litigation or has an interest in the litigation and the use of such records is deemed relevant and necessary to the litigation;
(7) to reviewing officials in a new office, department or agency when an employee transfers from one covered position to another;
(8) to a Member of Congress or a congressional office in response to an inquiry made on behalf of an individual who is the subject of the record;
(9) to contractors and other non-Government employees working for the Federal Government to accomplish a function related to an OGE Government-wide system of records; and
(l0) to disclose on the OGE Website and to otherwise disclose to any person, including other departments and agencies, any written ethics agreements filed with the Office of Government Ethics, pursuant to 5 C.F.R. § 2634.803, by an individual nominated by the President to a position requiring Senate confirmation when the position also requires the individual to file a public financial disclosure report.
Public burden reporting for this collection of information is estimated to take approximately ten minutes per response, including time for reviewing instructions, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the Deputy Director for Administration and Information Management, U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Suite 500, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington DC 20005-3917. Do not file this form with this official; rather, file it with the appropriate office of the executive branch department or agency from which you are seeking access to a financial disclosure report or other covered records.
Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, as amended, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and no person is required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number (that number, 3209-0002, is displayed here and in the lower right-hand corner of the front page of this OGE Form 201).