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OGE Form 201: Request an Individual’s Ethics Documents

April 8, 2020


Whose ethics documents are available to request from OGE?

OGE is responsible for making available disclosures and related ethics documents for about 1,000 of the approximately 26,000 public filers in the executive branch. Also available from OGE are all certificates of divestitures issued to individuals in the executive branch.

Whose ethics documents are available to request from executive branch departments and agencies

If you are looking for the ethics documents of an individual who is NOT (1) Presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed, (2) a Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate, (3) a senior official at the White House, or (4) a Designated Agency Ethics Official; you must submit a request to the agency that employs the individual.

To make a request for ethics documents to the individual’s employing agency, submit this Form to the agency using the contact information on this page.

What documents can be requested?

You can use this Form to request copies of the public financial disclosure reports (as described in the table below) and other specified “covered records” of certain executive branch officials. These records are available under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 ("the Act") and amendments thereto (5 U.S.C. app. 103, 105 and 402), the STOCK Act, and OGE's implementing regulations.

Ethics Document

Description

Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) - Candidate

Details the personal financial interests of the filer, the filer’s spouse, and any dependent children. These reports are filed by candidates for the office of the President and Vice President.

Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) - New Entrant

Details the personal financial interests of the filer, the filer’s spouse, and any dependent children. These reports are filed within 30 days of taking office.

Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) - Nominee

Details the personal financial interests of the filer, the filer’s spouse, and any dependent children. These reports are filed at the time of nomination for Senate-confirmed positions.

Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) - Annual

Details the personal financial interests of the filer, the filer’s spouse, and any dependent children. These reports are filed by all public filers on May 15th of each year.

Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) - Termination

Details the personal financial interests of the filer, the filer’s spouse, and any dependent children. These reports are filed by all public filers within 30 days of leaving a public filing position.

Periodic Transaction Reports (OGE Form 278-T)

Provides information about the purchase, sale, or exchange of securities and similar assets throughout the year.

Certificates of Divestiture

Allows an eligible person to defer paying capital gains on property sold to comply with conflict of interest requirements.

 

Are there restrictions on the use of these records?

Yes, the Act imposes restrictions on the use of the records. When making your request, you will have to certify that are aware of the restrictions. 

The records cannot be used:

  • for any unlawful purpose
  • for any commercial purpose, other than by news and communications media for dissemination to the general public
  • for determining or establishing the credit rating of any individual

for use, directly or indirectly, in the solicitation of money for any political, charitable, or other purpose.

When would I use the PDF version?

Whenever possible, you should use the online system when requesting ethics documents from OGE.

Available in the online system are the disclosures and related ethics documents for about 1,000 of the approximately 26,000 public filers in the executive branch. Disclosures and ethics documents for the other 25,000 filers must be submitted to the agency that employs the individual, and the PDF version can be used to submit your request to the agency using the contact information on this page.

You may also use the PDF version to request other "covered records" from OGE. Such other covered records include qualified blind trust and qualified diversified trust instruments, other OGE Form 201 requests, cover letters for approved gifts reporting waiver requests, and cover letters for approved public reporting waiver requests for certain less than 130-day special Government employees.

How do I submit the PDF Form?

To make a request for ethics documents to the individual’s employing agency, submit this PDF Form to the agency using the contact information on this page.

If you are unable to request an individual’s ethics document that is available from OGE using the online submission, e-mail the PDF form 201forms@oge.gov or mail the PDF form to U.S. Office of Government Ethics, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Suite 500, Washington DC 20005-3917   (Note: Currently OGE is unable to fill any request using the PDF Form that does not provide an email address for the requestor.)

Links to Forms

Request an Individual’s Ethics Documents (Online Submission)

Request an Individual’s Ethics Documents (PDF -Download and Submit) Note: Currently OGE is unable to fill any PDF request that does not provide an email address for the requestor.