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Shelley Finlayson

Shelley Finlayson, Chief of Staff

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Equity is Part of Ethics

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Leadership Note
| 06/23/2022

One of our fundamental principles of ethical conduct in the executive branch requires the more than two million federal employees to provide equal opportunities to all Americans when carrying out their work.

Program Advisory
| 06/01/2022

In this Program Advisory, OGE asks each agency to forward its annual letter stating whether its components that are currently designated should remain designated for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 207(c). Any request to modify the existing list of components should be submitted in accordance with regulatory procedures.

Legal Advisory
| 05/19/2022

This Legal Advisory discusses the application of the financial disclosure and conflict of interest rules to mutual funds purchased through the Thrift Savings Plan mutual fund window.

Leadership Note
| 05/16/2022

This is an important time of year for government ethics. Every May, approximately 26,000 senior government employees are required to file public financial disclosure reports.

Leadership Note
| 05/02/2022

There is a very special subset of public servants who work tirelessly to protect the trust between the American people and their government: ethics officials.

Legal Advisory
| 04/25/2022

This Legal Advisory clarifies that pursuant to the sector fund exemption, an employee may participate in a particular matter that affects a non-sector line of business or subsidiary of a company that operates within the sector that is the focus of the fund.

Featured Resources

Resources for Nominees to Senate-Confirmed Positions

OGE provides a collection of resources to help potential Presidential nominees to Senate-confirmed positions understand the Nominee process and the ethics rules to which they would be subject after confirmation.

Compilation of Federal Ethics Laws (PDF)

OGE has compiled the most pertinent laws under the jurisdiction of the executive branch ethics program as well as related statutes on which ethics officials are often called upon to provide advice to agency employees.

Summary of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (PDF)

OGE is responsible for issuing and interpreting the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.

Institute for Ethics in Government

OGE provides professional development opportunities for executive branch ethics officials through its Institute for Ethics in Government.

Public Financial Disclosure Guide

OGE maintains a guide to assist filers and reviewers of public financial disclosure reports.

Updated Public Financial Disclosure Frequently Asked Questions

OGE developed Frequently Asked Questions on public financial disclosure reports to assist the public in understanding these reports and knowing when and how to access them.