Information Management

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Data Governance

OGE's Data Page includes links to OGE's Data Governance Board charter, which describes the development and implementation of the policies and processes which govern the collection or creation, management, use, and disclosure of OGE data. This page also includes OGE's data priority goals.

Freedom of Information Act

OGE responds to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act, which is a law that gives the public the right to request Federal Government records.

Information Quality

OGE issues Information Quality Guidelines (PDF) to describe the agency’s policy for ensuring the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information that it disseminates to the public and to set forth the administrative procedures by which an affected person may obtain correction of disseminated information that does not comply with the guidelines.

Open Government

Building public confidence in the impartiality of government decision-making is at the core of OGE’s mission. In support of its commitment to the principle of an open government, OGE directs resources toward raising the visibility of OGE and the systems in place to identify and resolve conflicts of interest. OGE also directs resources toward making ethics documents publicly available. Transparency increases accountability and public confidence by providing information to the public about the work of government and the integrity of its decision-making processes.

Plain Language

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 (PDF) requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." President Obama also emphasized the importance of establishing "a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration" in his January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. The Office of Government Ethics is committed to writing new documents in plain language by October 2011, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.

Our Efforts

We are training our employees and have strengthened our oversight process. We must use plain language in any document that:

The act also requires our agency to use plain writing in every paper or electronic letter, publication, form, notice, or instruction. We are required to report our progress and compliance with the Act and will post annual reports here.

Public Feedback

OGE needs your help to comply with this Act. Please contact us at and let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website.

Privacy Program

The OGE Privacy Program is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable privacy requirements, developing, and evaluating privacy policy, and managing privacy risks consistent with OGE's mission.

Records Management at OGE

The mission of the OGE Records Management Program is to promote, preserve and protect OGE records by implementing all requirements of the Federal Records Act, as amended. OGE continues implementing plans to achieve compliance with the requirements in the Transitioning to Electronic Records Directive of June 28, 2019, M-19-21 and continue meeting the major goals and actions outlined in the Directive. This includes establishing and disseminating records management policies and procedures to ensure that all records, including email, are maintained and disposed of according to NARA-approved records disposition schedules.