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Emory Rounds

Emory Rounds, Director

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Confidential Financial Disclosure: A Powerful Tool to Prevent Conflicts of Interest

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Program Advisory
| 02/25/2021

This Program Advisory describes recent updates to the Certification of Ethics Agreement Compliance (Certification) required to be filed with the OGE by Presidential appointees following their confirmation by the Senate.

Legal Advisory
| 02/23/2021

This Legal Advisory compares Executive Order 13989 to two prior Executive Orders containing ethics pledges – Executive Order 13770 and Executive Order 13490. The attached table identifies past OGE guidance relating to E.O. 13770 or E.O. 13490 that may be relied upon with respect to E.O. 13989.

Legal Advisory
| 02/18/2021

This Legal Advisory provides guidance to agency heads and Designated Agency Ethics Officials on the application of section 3 of Executive Order 13989.

Leadership Note
| 02/16/2021

There are hundreds of thousands of federal employees who award contracts, conduct investigations, administer grants, and review licensing applications. How can we know that they are acting in the public’s interest and not being influenced by their private financial holdings? The answer is the confidential financial disclosure system.

Leadership Note
| 01/28/2021

I am continuing OGE’s practice and my commitment to advancing ethical leadership by sending a letter discussing these important responsibilities to each incoming Presidential appointee as they are confirmed by the Senate.

Legal Advisory
| 01/22/2021

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order titled “Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel.” Pursuant to the Executive Order, OGE is providing a copy of the Ethics Pledge and a link to the Executive Order. The legal advisory also addresses the revocation of Executive Order 13770.

Featured Resources

Presidential Election Readiness

OGE helps ensure that the executive branch ethics community is ready and able to assist incoming administrations appoint senior government officials quickly and in compliance with ethics rules.

Guide for Nominees (PDF)

OGE developed this Guide as a resource for potential Senate-confirmed, Presidential nominees.

Compilation of Federal Ethics Laws (PDF)

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

Summary of the Standards of Conduct (PDF)

OGE is responsible for issuing and interpreting the Standards of 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.