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

Documents

Public Financial Disclosure Reports
Click here to obtain copies of the Public Financial Disclosure Reports (SF 278/OGE Form 278/OGE Form 278e) and available transaction reports (OGE Form 278-T) for individuals whose reports are required to be certified by OGE.

Ethics Agreements of High Level Executive Branch Officials (Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed)
Click here to obtain ethics agreements for individuals that have been nominated or appointed by the President. If an official has a conflict of interest, he or she may have to enter into an ethics agreement with their employing agency. Ethics agreements include any oral or written promise to undertake an action to alleviate an actual or apparent conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest Waivers
Click here to learn about the specific legal requirements that must be met for an employee to obtain such a waiver under the Federal criminal conflict of interest law. The media often has questions concerning how Government employees have dealt with a conflict of interest. One way the law allows an employee to deal with a real or apparent conflict of interest is through the issuance of an individual waiver. These waivers are issued by an employee’s appointing official. You may obtain actual copies of any waiver granted to a Government employee by an executive branch agency. You should begin this process by contacting the employing agency of the employee(s). Click here to obtain the contact number of a particular agency’s supervising ethics office. This office should be able to assist you in obtaining employee waivers from that agency.

Certificates of Divestitures (CDs)
Executive branch agencies or the Office of Government Ethics can direct an executive branch employee to sell, or otherwise divest, an asset in order to comply with a Federal conflict of interest statute, regulation, rule, or executive order. If selling the asset will result in a capital gain, certain persons may be eligible for a Certificate of Divestiture to offset the tax burden. Information on requesting copies of CDs, as well as a list of recent CDs that have been issued, may be accessed here.

Click here to learn more about how to obtain a CD.

Pledge Waivers
Executive Order 13770 (Jan. 28, 2017), which revoked and superseded Executive Order 13490 (Jan. 21, 2009), requires that every full-time political appointee sign an Ethics Pledge. Copies of any waivers granted pursuant to Executive Order 13770 are provided to the head of the agency in which that person is or was appointed to serve. Copies of the waivers granted pursuant to Executive Order 13490 are available here.

Travel Reports (Agency Acceptance of Travel Payments from Non-Federal Sources)
Agencies are required to submit to OGE semi-annual reports of payments for travel, subsistence, and related expenses received from non-Federal sources in connection with the attendance of employees at certain meetings or similar functions. Click here to learn more about this agency reporting requirement. You may obtain copies of these reports by clicking here.

Reviews of Agency Ethics Program
As one of its core missions, OGE conducts ethics program reviews to determine whether an agency in the Executive Branch has an effective ethics program tailored to its agency mission. Click here to obtain copies of these program reviews.