United States Office of Government Ethics, Preventing Conflicts of Interest in the Executive Branch

General Counsel & Legal Policy Division

The General Counsel and Legal Policy Division (GCLPD) is responsible for (1) establishing and maintaining a legal framework for the executive branch ethics program, and (2) providing assistance to the President and Senate in the Presidential appointment process.

Ethics Law and Policy Branch
The Ethics Law and Policy Branch (ELPB) develops, drafts, and issues all executive branch ethics regulations. ELPB also reviews agency specific regulations supplementing executive branch ethical standards. When appropriate, ELPB drafts recommendations for changes in the conflicts of interest and ethics statutes. ELPB sets forth executive branch-wide policy and interpretive guidance of the executive branch ethics laws and regulations. To promote consistent interpretation and application of the ethics laws, regulations, and policy guidance across the entire executive branch, ELPB publishes written guidance in the form of Legal Advisories. 

Presidential Nominations Branch
The Presidential Nominations Branch (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. 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. 

Key Staff 
David J. Apol, General Counsel
Seth Jaffe, Chief, Ethics Law and Policy Branch
Deborah Bortot, Chief, Presidential Nominations Branch