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

Legislative Affairs & Budget

OGE’s mission to foster high ethical standards for executive branch employees and to strengthen the public’s confidence that the Government’s business is conducted with impartiality and integrity involves regular communication with the Congress. In addition to monitoring Congressional activity for ethics-related legislation and providing expertise and legislative proposals on the executive branch ethics program, OGE certifies the financial disclosure reports of Presidential appointees confirmed by the Senate (PAS) nominees. OGE leverages its internal resources and maximizes its appropriations to successfully accomplish its mission and magnify the benefit to the American public.

OGE is here to help you with your questions and concerns regarding the executive branch ethics system.

Ethics Legislation
OGE monitors Congressional activity for ethics and ethics-related legislation affecting the executive branch ethics program. To keep agencies apprised of new developments in the executive branch ethics program, OGE provides relevant updates from the current Congress.
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OGE Legislative Proposals
The Ethics in Government Act (EIGA) has been in effect for over 30 years. It has worked well, but as with any statute it needs to evolve to ensure its continued effectiveness in light of practical experience and application. In the last 10 years, OGE has submitted to Congress revisions of EIGA for consideration.
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Authorizing Legislation & Congressional Oversight
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics 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.
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Congressional Correspondence
Through formal correspondence to Congress, OGE communicates its substantive views on legislative proposals, transmits its own legislative proposals, responds to written congressional inquiries, and transmits performance and other required information.
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Budget and Appropriations
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is an executive branch agency that oversees the Federal executive branch ethics system with a staff of 80 full time equivalent positions and a current budget of around $17 million.
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Reports and Testimony to Congress
OGE has produced substantive analyses and provided testimony on executive branch ethics laws at the request of Congress. In addition, OGE regularly provides information to the Government Accountability Office as it prepares ethics-related reports.
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