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

Authorizing Legislation & Congressional Oversight

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) was created by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and became an independent agency in 1989. Over the years, the agency has been successfully reviewed and reauthorized by Congress.



04/04/2012

Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act), Pub. L. 112-105, 126 Stat. 295pdf
PUBLIC LAW 112–105—APR. 4, 2012 126 STAT. 291, 112th Congress An Act to prohibit Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit, and for other purposes.

02/15/2007

Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007, (Excerpt) Pub. L. 110-5, 121 Stat. 8pdf
PUBLIC LAW 110–5—FEB. 15, 2007 121 STAT. 57 (Sec. 21069) section 405 of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) is amended to read as follows: ‘There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this title such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2007’.

01/15/2002

Office of Government Ethics Authorization Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-119, 115 Stat. 2382pdf
PUBLIC LAW 107–119—JAN. 15, 2002 OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2001,115 STAT. 2382, 107th Congress An Act to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Office of Government Ethics through fiscal year 2006.

08/06/1996

Office of Government Ethics Authorization Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-179, 110 Stat. 1566 pdf
PUBLIC LAW 104–179—AUG. 6, 1996 OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 1996, 110 STAT. 1566, 104th Congress An Act to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Office of Government Ethics for 3 years, and for other purposes.

11/30/1989

Ethics Reform Act of 1989, Pub. L. 101-194, 202, 103 Stat. 1716, at 1724pdf
PUBLIC LAW 101-194--NOV. 20, 1989 ETHICS REFORM ACT OF 1989, 103 STAT. 1716, 101st Congress An Act to amend the Rules of the House of Representatives and the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to provide for Government-wide ethics reform, and for other purposes.

11/03/1988

OGE Reauthorization Act of 1988, Pub. L. 100-598pdf
PUBLIC LAW 100-598-NOV. 3, 1988 OGE REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 1988, 102 STAT. 3031, 100th Congress An Act to reauthorize the Office of Government Ethics, and for other purposes.

11/11/1983

OGE Reauthorization Act of 1983, Pub. L. 98-150, 97 Stat. 959pdf
PUBLIC LAW 98-150-NOV. 11,1983 97 STAT. 959, 98th Congress An Act to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to make certain changes in the authority of the Office of Government Ethics, and for other purposes.

10/26/1978

Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L. 95-521, 92 Stat. 1824-1867pdf
PUBLIC LAW 95-521--OCT. 26, 1978 ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT ACT OF 1978, 92 STAT. 1824, 95th Congress The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) was created by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.


OGE's primary oversight committees are the: