Oversight Summary Reports


Annual Questionnaire Summary Reports

Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire - Summary Report (CY19) (PDF)

Executive branch agencies are required to submit an annual report to OGE pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended. OGE collects the required report through the Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire. This summary report is a compilation of 138 agencies’ responses to OGE’s CY19 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire. The report provides insight into the resources used to implement the executive branch ethics program as well as the aggregate numbers and compliance rates for each of the main program areas designed to prevent, detect, and resolve conflicts of interest.

Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire - Summary Report (CY18) (PDF)

This summary report is a compilation of 137 agencies’ responses to OGE’s CY18 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire. The report provides insight into the resources used to implement the executive branch ethics program as well as the aggregate numbers and compliance rates for each of the main program areas designed to prevent, detect, and resolve conflicts of interest.

Video Presentation: “Results from the 2018 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire”

In July, OGE published the results from the 2018 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire.  In this half-hour broadcast, OGE will explore ways agencies can use that data to benchmark their practices and compliance rates against the rest of the executive branch

Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire - Summary Report (CY17) (PDF)

This summary report is a compilation of 136 agencies’ responses to OGE’s CY17 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire. The report provides insight into the resources and common practices used to implement the executive branch ethics program as well as the aggregate numbers and compliance rates for each of the main program areas designed to prevent, detect, and resolve conflicts of interest. 

Video Presentation: “Benchmarking Your Ethics Program”

Do you know how your ethics program resourcing compares to other agencies of similar size?  In this 60-minute broadcast we’ll share data from the Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire that you can use to benchmark your program against similarly-sized agencies.  We’ll discuss key ratios such as the ratio of full-time employees to full-time equivalent ethics officials, the ratio of 278s and 450s to ethics officials, and the ratio of employees required to receive training to ethics officials.  During the presentation, we’ll discuss how you can use these ratios to assess and strengthen your ethics program.

Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire - Summary Report (CY16) (PDF)

The summary report, CY16 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire Results: A Snapshot View of the Executive Branch Ethics Program, is a compilation of 136 agencies’responses to OGE’s CY16 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire. The report provides insight into the resources and common practices used to implement the executive branch ethics program as well as the aggregate numbers/compliance rates for each of the main program areas

Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire - Summary Report (CY15) (PDF)

The summary report, CY15 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire Results: A Snapshot View of the Executive Branch Ethics Program, is a compilation of 133 agencies’responses to OGE’s CY15 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire. The report provides insight into the resources and common practices used to implement the executive branch ethics program as well as the aggregate numbers/compliance rates for each of the main program areas.

Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire - Summary Report (CY14) (PDF)

The summary report, CY14 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire Results: A Snapshot View of the Executive Branch Ethics Program, is a compilation of 137 agencies’ responses to OGE’s CY14 Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire. The report provides insight into the resources and common practices used to implement the executive branch ethics program as well as the aggregate numbers/compliance rates for each of the main program areas.



Other Reports

09/30/2020

Agency Practices in Providing Ethics Advice and Counsel to Employees: Results from the 2019 Data Call (PDF)

This report describes agency practices related to providing ethics advice and counsel. It is based on a data call conducted in 2019.



09/13/2017

Special Review of Executive Branch Agency Waivers and Authorizations (PDF)

This report provides the results of OGE’s evaluation of certain waivers and authorizations issued by executive branch agencies from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017, as reported to OGE in response to OGE Program Advisory PA-17-02.



02/16/2017

Special Government Employees Not Serving on Federal Boards (Summary Report) (PDF)

This report is based on a compulsory survey regarding special Government employees (SGEs) not serving on federal boards conducted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in connection with a recommendation issued by the U.S. General Accountability Office.



12/01/2012

A Vision for Ethics Program Management: Benchmarking Success - Phase Two (PDF)

The report is a continuation of a benchmarking project launched in 2010: "A Vision for Ethics Program Management: Benchmarking Success." This report provides information on the extent to which regulatory agencies have incorporated factors critical to the success of ethics program management. These success factors are leadership, awareness, resources and oversight. The report describes the concrete actions the regulatory agencies have taken to incorporate the critical success factors and highlights specific actions that all agencies may wish to consider incorporating into their ethics programs. The report also provides comparative data based on information the regulatory agencies provided in the "2010 Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire." This comparative data can be used to assist agencies in determining how best to allocate ethics program resources.



09/01/2012

Post-Election Readiness Review

Post-election readiness presents important challenges for ethics officials. Regardless of the outcome of the Presidential election, we can anticipate a surge of activity to fill Presidentially appointed positions. The effective vetting of financial disclosures, drafting of ethics agreements, and follow-up are essential. OGE recently completed in-depth assessments of selected agencies in order to provide insight about specific programs and to identify and disseminate pertinent information to other agencies. OGE completed targeted assessments of post-election readiness at the Departments of Justice, Treasury, and State, which collectively account for nearly 40 percent of all Senate-confirmed Executive Branch positions. The reports reflect the essential elements of a successful ethics program, namely succession planning, specific and continuous training, and a program structure ensuring accountability. Agencies may find review of these reports helpful as they look for ways to evaluate and improve their own ethics programs.



12/01/2010

A Vision for Ethics Program Management: Benchmarking Success (PDF)

The report "A Vision for Ethics Program Management: Benchmarking Success" provides information on the extent to which cabinet-level agencies have incorporated factors critical to the success of ethics program management. These success factors are leadership, awareness, resources and oversight. The report describes the concrete actions the cabinet-level agencies have taken to incorporate the critical success factors and highlights specific actions that all agencies may wish to consider incorporating into their ethics programs. The report also provides comparative data based on information the cabinet-level agencies provided in the "2009 Agency Ethics Program Questionnaire." This comparative data can be used to assist agencies determine how best to allocate ethics program resources.



03/01/2009

Elements of a Successful Financial Disclosure Program: Report (PDF)

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has conducted a focused assessment of select agencies’ processes and procedures for collecting, reviewing, and certifying financial disclosure reports, including reports filed by nominees for Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed (PAS) positions.



06/01/2006

Ethical Implications of Emergency Response Conference Report (PDF)

This report is the result of a six month effort of a working group comprised of staff from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and numerous ethics officials. The working group was initiated in response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita at ethics officials request that the community come together to develop common solutions to shared problems and experiences. The effort culminated in a conference that was held March 21 and 22, 2006. In addition to the conference report, many speakers prepared Powerpoint presentations which are listed on the report. (Note: This file contains links to documents on web sites outside of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. These documents were not created and are not maintained by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and the U.S. Office of Government Ethics takes no responsibility for the accuracy, propriety or legality of these documents.)



Annual Report on Executive Order 13490

05/26/2016

Annual Report on Executive Order 13490 (2015) (PDF)

This is the seventh annual report (2015) provided pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics (Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”). This report, also referred to as the pledge report, provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately.



03/01/2015

Annual Report on Executive Order 13490 (2014) (PDF)

This is the sixth annual report (2014) provided pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics (Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”). This report, also referred to as the pledge report, provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately.



01/01/2014

Annual Report on Executive Order 13490 (2013) (PDF)

This is the fifth annual report (2013) provided pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics (Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”). This report, also referred to as the pledge report, provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately.



01/01/2012

Annual Report on Executive Order 13490 (2011) (PDF)

This is the third annual report (2011) provided pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics (Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”). This report, also referred to as the pledge report, provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately.



01/01/2013

Annual Report on Executive Order 13490 (2012) (PDF)

This is the fourth annual report (2012) provided pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics (Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”). This report, also referred to as the pledge report, provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately.



01/01/2011

Annual Report on Executive Order 13490 (2010) (PDF)

This is the second annual report (2010) provided pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics (Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”). This report, also referred to as the pledge report, provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately.



01/01/2010

Annual Report on Executive Order 13490 (2009) (PDF)

This is the first annual report (2009) provided pursuant to the President’s Executive Order on Ethics (Executive Order 13490 of January 21, 2009, “Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel”). This report, also referred to as the pledge report, provides information about the efforts of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to ensure that agency officials implemented the Ethics Pledge appropriately.