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Dale "Chip" Christopher, Deputy Director for Compliance

Leadership Notes

OGE Oversees the Executive Branch Ethics Program in a Variety of Ways

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Leadership Note
| 11/15/2021

OGE’s review teams regularly evaluate each executive branch agency’s ethics program.

Legal Advisory
| 10/22/2021

This Legal Advisory announces the issuance of updated guidance to assist ethics officials in identifying and analyzing potential conflicts of interest that can arise from various financial interests. This series of documents covers various types of financial interests, as well as interests arising from employment and employment-related assets, and is available on OGE’s website.

Program Advisory
| 10/21/2021

This Program Advisory requests the input of Federal employees who implement the executive branch ethics program. OGE will use the results of the survey to inform its Equity Action Plan and to tailor the professional development opportunities it provides to ethics officials.

Legal Advisory
| 09/28/2021

In this Legal Advisory, OGE publishes a letter to an agency DAEO that discusses the risks that may arise when agency employees mix official agency content with personal posts from their personal social media accounts.

Program Advisory
| 09/20/2021

This Program Advisory explains how and when to submit the questionnaire response, describes the changes made from the 2020 questionnaire, and provides executive branch agencies with an advance copy of the 2021 questionnaire. The advance copy provides agencies time to coordinate among their ethics officials, human capital officers, and Inspectors General in order to prepare complete and accurate responses. In addition, this Advisory explains how OGE uses the data and reminds agencies of the public availability of the questionnaire responses.

Leadership Note
| 09/16/2021

By leveraging data, OGE hopes to reduce risk, increase our impact, and reach our important goal of preventing conflicts of interest in the executive branch — all while enabling you to see for yourself how the ethics program is doing.

Featured Resources

Resources for Nominees to Senate-Confirmed Positions

OGE provides a collection of resources to help potential Presidential nominees to Senate-confirmed positions understand the Nominee process and the ethics rules to which they would be subject after confirmation.

Compilation of Federal Ethics Laws (PDF)

OGE has compiled the most pertinent laws under the jurisdiction of the executive branch ethics program as well as 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.