May 17, 2013
OGE Position Opening: Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Program Counsel)
The Office of Government Ethics is seeking a motivated and highly-qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position in the Program Counsel Division located in Washington D.C.
The Program Counsel Division (PCD) manages significant external communications between OGE and its many customers and stakeholders. The division combines key functions that cut across OGE mission areas in order to bring targeted resources to these functions.
Job posting may be found at USAJobs:
May 15, 2013
OGE Issues Summary of the Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Act that Affect the Executive Branch Ethics Program
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued a Legal Advisory summarizing the provisions of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, that affect the Executive Branch ethics program, including new notification and reporting requirements for agencies that hold a conference during fiscal year 2013.
The Legal Advisory also reminds agencies that the three statutory pay-level thresholds for certain purposes under either the Ethics in Government Act or 18 U.S.C. § 207(c) will remain at 2011 levels as a result of the Act’s extension of the civilian pay freeze for federal employees through December 31, 2013. For more information, please see Legal Advisory LA-13-07 dated May 15, 2013, http://www.oge.gov/OGE-Advisories/Legal-Advisories/Legal-Advisories/
March 07, 2013
OGE Publishes Final Outside Board Exemption and Sector Unit Investment Trust Rule Amendments to 5 C.F.R. Part 2640
On March 6, 2013, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) published in the Federal Register a final rule amending the regulation that describes financial interests that are exempt from the prohibition in 18 U.S.C. § 208(a). See 78 Fed. Reg. 14437-14442.
These final rule amendments revise the existing regulatory exemptions by: (1) creating a new exemption permitting Government employees to participate in particular matters affecting the financial interests of nonprofit organizations in which they serve in an official capacity as officer, director or trustee, and (2) revising the existing exemption for interests in the holdings of sector mutual funds to clarify that the exemption applies to interests in the holdings of sector unit investment trusts.
The rule becomes effective on Friday, April 5, 2013. Specific contact information is in the Federal Register notice. You may access the Federal Register notice via the OGE Website at: http://www.oge.gov/Laws-and-Regulations/Federal-Register-Issuances/Federal-Register-Issuances/
November 05, 2012
OGE Releases Updated Conference Guide for Ethics Counselors
There are numerous Federal acquisition, fiscal, and ethics laws and regulations that apply to the issues raised by conferences in which the Federal government participates. The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has issued an updated list of a selection of those laws and regulations and their interpretation. The first edition of this guide, "Conferences: A Guide for Ethics Counselors" dated May 2010, was distributed to attendees at the 2010 OGE National Ethics Conference. This updated version of the guide replaces the 2010 guide and can be found on the OGE website.
April 04, 2012
President signs STOCK Act
"On April 4, 2012, the President signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) (S. 2038). The Act establishes new requirements for Executive Branch ethics programs, ethics officials, and the thousands of employees who currently file financial disclosure reports pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act. OGE fully supports the Act’s focus on improving transparency and promoting public confidence in government and is carefully analyzing the provisions of the new law. In consultation with DAEOs and other senior agency ethics officials, OGE will issue a series of Legal, Program, and Education Advisories to implement the Act’s provisions.
Questions from agency ethics officials should be directed to the OGE Team that supports your agency. Media and related inquiries should be directed to Vincent Salamone at (202) 482-9292."
See STOCK Act: Download STOCK Act
March 22, 2012
STOCK Act passes Senate and heads to President
POLITICO reports (3/22/12 2:03pm):
After weeks of delays, the Senate on Thursday sent a bill banning congressional insider trading to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.
The Senate voted 96 to 3 to pass a watered-down STOCK Act, which would bar members of Congress, their staff and some federal workers from profiting from non-public information obtained through their jobs.
- Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74364.html
- Read CBS Story: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57402604-503544/congress-passes-scaled-back-stock-act/ (discussing drop of additional lobbyist registration amendment).
- Read Huffington Post article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/22/stock-act-senate-insider-trading-ban_n_1373081.html
- See OGE side-by-side comparison of House and Senate versions. http://www.oge.gov/About/Legislative-Affairs-and-Budget/Congressional-Correspondence/NEW--OGE-Comparison-of-Certain-Provisions-of-the-Senate-and-House-Versions-of-the-Stop-Trading-on-Congressional-Knowledge-Act-(STOCK-Act)(S--2038)/
February 29, 2012
OGE's side-by-side comparision of the STOCK Act
It is worthy to take a look at the Office of Government Ethics side-by-side comparison of the various versions of the STOCK Act, which could create a public, sort and searchable, database of financial disclosure information in an effort to stymie insider trading concerns. See Download S2038 side-by-side
January 01, 2012
2012 Ethics Calendar
As we begin the new year, where would be be without the 2012 OGE Schedule of Important Ethics Dates?
November 15, 2011
OGE extends comment period on proposed rule: Lobbyist gift ban for all
The Federal Register includes an extension of the comment period for the proposed amendment to 5 CFR 2635.203 which would extend the prohibition on acceptance of gifts from registered lobbyists to all Federal personnel (not just Political appointees under the Ethics Pledge). See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-15/pdf/2011-29569.pdf. Comments are now due NLT: December 14, 2011.
October 29, 2011
IEC Member Fights Link Rot on OGE Website
"Link rot" refers to the process whereby hypertext links to a website go bad, through redesign or other reasons. While the Office of Government Ethics website upgrade provided many improvements, it had the unfortunate effect of breaking many links that other websites had built to OGE.
IEC member Wayne Johnson has taken the initiative to compile a list of bad OGE links, and has generously shared it with us. Rather than try to squeeze his memo into this narrow space, we are making it available in two files for downloading, in your choice of formats:
Download OGE_Link_Corrections Hypertext version
Download OGE_Link_Corrections MS Word version
October 21, 2011
OGE Conference Archives
Need to access the archives of the 2011 OGE Conference? The OGE website contains links to the archives of conferences back to 2005, but there is currently no link for the 2011 conference. The archives are available here (http://ethicsconf18.crowdcompass.com/activities).
September 30, 2011
Proposed OGE changes to Qualified Trust regs
The Office of Government Ethics proposes to amend the executive branch regulation regarding qualified trusts. The proposed amendments would make a few minor substantive changes, but would primarily put the regulation in a more logical order, make it more readable, and eliminate redundant provisions. See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-30/pdf/2011-25221.pdf
September 29, 2011
Discussion on OGE proposal to expand Lobbying Gift Ban to all Federal Employees
Washington Post article discussing the proposed OGE rule to expand lobbying gift ban to all Federal employees. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/limits-tighten-for-lobbyist-gift-giving/2011/09/28/gIQAh6RT5K_story.html
OGE Leadership Resources
Since everyone seriously interested in ethics issues should subscribe to OGE's mailing list, to avoid duplication we usually avoid reposting OGE mailing list items here. However, the following item seemed particularly valuable, so we'll republish it here, in the interest of providing another place for researchers to locate it:
A Reminder of Resources Available to Ethics Officials - Leadership Involvement
Are you looking for new ways to involve leadership in the ethics program?
One agency increased the number of reports timely filed by having filer’s submit their reports directly to their Director’s office. Another agency included leadership in the process to identify annual training content. Read more about these practices HERE.
Another resource available is the Leadership Initiative which contains more than 50 concrete actions leadership can take to promote an ethical culture and to show support of your ethics program. Lastly, you may find ideas in the leadership section of the Final Report issued for the Cabinet-Level Benchmarking project last year.
September 22, 2011
No more gifts from Lobbyists?
In a September 18, 2011, posting, we alerted you to the proposed OGE expansion of the Ethics Pledge lobbyist gift ban to all career Federal employees. If you did not see it, please note that the proposed rule was published in the Federal Register for notice and comment. See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-13/pdf/2011-23311.pdf. Comments are due before November 14, 2011.
In sum, the proposed rule would make certain exceptions to the general prohibition on gifts from outside sources, 5 CFR 2635.202, unavailable for gifts from registered lobbyists. The exceptions that would be unavailable would include the $20 deminimus & widely-attended gathering exceptions. It would also provide implementing guidance. For example, it defines the lobbysts for these purposes to exclude 501(c)(3) non-profit lobbyists.
September 18, 2011
OGE Conference Thoughts (Open Thread)
A rew reactions to the 2011 OGE Conference:
- Excellent overall organization, with many thoughtful touches to enhance the learning experience. OGE deserves credit for being willing to experiment with something as innovative as the smartphone app, though there were a few glitches. Some felt that the related website was a less than optimal solution for those without smartphones, while not everyone with a smartphone was enamoured with the app.
- There are a lot of smart people throughout the government doing a lot of smart things. The conference provides a great start on improving efficiency through inter-agency sharing, but resource limitations and institutional constraints put a limit on what OGE can do. There is more that the IEC, and this website in particular could do to fill the gaps.
We have enabled the Comments function to allow others to share their impressions.
OGE Proposes to Expand Lobbyist Gift Ban
The Hill reports:
A new regulation proposed this week by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) would prohibit all federal government employees from accepting any gifts from lobbyists.
Originally, the absolute ban on lobbyist gifts was only applied to political appointees, per President Obama’s executive order on ethics that was signed early on in his administration. But if the proposed rule is finalized, it would expand the order’s tough restrictions on lobbyist gifts to career employees in the federal government as well.
The regulation also would codify the stringent lobbyist gift ban implemented by Obama’s executive order, meaning the strict limits on the interaction between lobbyists and the Obama administration would stay in place after Obama leaves the White House, unless Congress repeals them or the next president initiates another rule-making procedure to amend the regulation. “What this means is that these broader restrictions will go beyond the Obama administration. They will exist even after he leaves office,” Kenneth Gross, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, told The Hill.
Thanks to the IEC member who provided this tip.
September 13, 2011
Reminder: Support for OGC Conference
- Would you like to keep the conversation going after the conference? We can help. We can post a conversation starter entry here and enable comments. It's an easy way to keep the conversation going, at no cost to you.
- Does your slide show have animations or speaker notes that won't be visible through the static PDF reproductions available through the OGE site?
- Would you prefer to give your audiences better options for reprinting your handouts (like easy multiple slides per page) rather than one slide per page?
- Did you complete your handouts for the 2011 OGE conference too late for distribution through the OGE website?
We are glad to help in any of these ways. Contact us by e-mail or catch up with one of our reporters at the conference (e-mail address & list of reporters in sidebar at left).
September 08, 2011
OGE Website Upgrade
Here are some preliminary impressions of the recent Office of Government Ethics website improvements. The improved appearance & shorter URL (oge.gov vs. usoge.gov; latter will “redirect” for a time) are superficial but very welcome.
The more substantive improvements include:
1. A complete rethinking of the site structure, leading to improved navigation. This is probably the most important upgrade.
You can use RSS feeds with more recent versions of MS Internet Explorer or MS Outlook, but many will prefer alternatives like Google Reader. If you have been wondering whether to adopt RSS, this could be the tipping point. It is a powerful tool.
Like a new house, the new website will need a few tweaks here and there. One item for the punchlist: When clicking on links on the page with information about previous OGE conferences, attempting to access archived information results in an error message.
Bottom Line: A giant upgrade over previous OGE Web efforts.
July 29, 2011
OGE Announces Plan to Upgrade Website
From the OGE mailing list:
New OGE Website Coming Soon!
In late August 2011, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics will unveil a new and improved website, at www.oge.gov. The new site is designed to provide a more friendly user experience for all user groups, including ethics practitioners, executive branch employees, and members of the general public. The site will offer more intuitive navigation, and robust research tools will allow content to be searched by topic, date, and legal citation. You can preview the site by clicking here.
Note: As a result of the redesign, links to the current site (www.usoge.gov) will no longer work once the new site goes live.
July 22, 2011
Washington Post article on OGE's 2011 Conference
Entitled, "Sun, Spa, Golf & Ethics" the article raises public perception concerns about the location of the OGE conference. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/ethics-on-the-links-in-orlando/2011/07/21/gIQAhk0aSI_print.html
July 01, 2011
OGE updates regs for gift reporting
The Office of Government Ethics issued its final rule (technical amendment) increasing the financial disclosure reporting threshold for gifts from $335 to $350, to correspond with the Foreign Gifts & Decorations Act. See 5 CFR 2634.304 and 2634.907(g). The rule is effective July 1, 2011, and retroactive to January 1, 2011. The rule also increases the threshold for exclusion for individual items from $135 to $140. The amendment also increases the gift exception ceiling for non-sponsor gifts of free attendance at widely attended gatherings. See 5 CFR 2635.204(g).
See Fed. Reg. notice at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-01/pdf/2011-16642.pdf.
June 30, 2011
OGE Travel Expenses Questioned
A website named Junketsleuth, which bills its purpose as "exposing government travel excesses" has an article criticizing travel expenses incurred by the Office of Government Ethics in support of U.S. efforts in promoting international ethics and anti-corruption programs.
The OGE response is available.
May 29, 2011
OGE Resources for Dealing With Contractors in the Workplace
A subscription to the OGE mailing list (address in right column) is a must for all federal ethics officials. Last week's post on resources for dealing with contractors in the workplace is a good example. The resources include:
For employees -
- Working with Contractors: What You Need to Know (Web-based training module)
- Working with Government Contractors: What You Need to Know as a Federal Employee Who Works with Government Contractors (Booklet)
For ethics officials/trainers -
- Ethics and Working With Contractors, DAEOgram (06-023a) (2006). DAEOgram in Q&A format.
May 16, 2011
OGE Seeks Program Excellence & Innovation Nominees
May 27 is the deadline for nominations for the OGE Program Excellence and Innovation Awards.
May 03, 2011
OGE Seeks Nominations for Program Excellence/Innovation Awards
OGE's solicitation of excellence and innovation nominations is available. The deadline for nominations is May 27. The awards will be presented at the OGE conference in September.
March 07, 2011
OGE Conference: Call for Topics
OGE is seeking topic suggestions for the 18th National Government Ethics Conference. The conference will be held September 13 - 15, 2011 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The deadline for topic suggestions is March 17.
March 05, 2011
OGE Opinions on CyberFEDS
The CyberFEDS legal research service, popular among lawyers working on personnel and EEO matters, includes Office of Government Ethics opinions in their database. After limited testing, the search features appear to be highly flexible. A screen capture showing the OGE option is available:
February 14, 2011
OGE Seeks Honors Attorney (GS-9)
The United States Office of Government Ethics is establishing an Honors Attorney position. This position, open to recent law school graduates from the classes of 2009 and 2010, is a three year term limited term appointment with promotion potential to GS-12. To see full details visit: http://www.usoge.gov/careers.aspx.
January 16, 2011
SF 450 Review Checklist
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) was gracious enough to provide their formatted user-friendly, one-page checklist to help with OGE Form 450 reviews. It is based on their interpretation of materials and notes from an OGE course.
We very much appreciate PHMSA's generous spirt, and we strongly encourage other IEC members to share their similar work products. We can all operate more efficiently if we are not constantly reinventing the wheel. We have been receiving many more user contributions this month. Please help continue this desirable trend!
January 15, 2011
Jane Ley Article on Standards of Conduct History
Check out an article by Jane Ley (OGE’s Deputy Director for the Office of International Assistance & Governance Initiatives) chronicling the history of the executive branch’s ethics program. The article, which appears in India’s Performance Matters newsletter, discusses the evolution of the Standards of Conduct, originally based on 6 principles issued by President Johnson in the 1960’s, to their present-day form. It reveals the genesis of OGE’s role in reviewing Presidential nominees and outlines the development of OGE’s training, counseling, and oversight activities. If you don’t know your ethics history, you should check it out.
Since that issue of Performance Matters magazine is a slow 40 MB download, we have taken the liberty of providing Ms. Ley's article in a stand-alone 3.5 MB file:
Thanks to the IEC member who provided this wonderful tip!
EDITED Jan. 20 to correct typo.
December 22, 2010
OGE Ethics Specialist vacancy (GS 09)
The United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is seeking a GS-09 Government Ethics Specialist to join a team of dedicated professionals in OGE’s Office of Agency Programs. The ideal candidate will have superb organizational, analytical, and communication skills and a strong desire to make a positive and practical impact in the Federal Government. The Job Opportunity Announcement (11-OGE-005P) closes on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
Please click on the link below for more information and to apply for the position: http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=95066815&JobTitle=Government+Ethics+Specialist&q=11-OGE-005P&sort=rv%2c-dtex&rad_units=miles&brd=3876&pp=25&qt=default&vw=b&re=134&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&caller=advanced.aspx&AVSDM=2010-12-22+10%3a47%3a00
Questions about the position should be directed to Dale Christopher, Associate Director, Program Services Division, at 202-482-9224.
December 09, 2010
OGE Ethics Specialist vacancy (GS 12)
The United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is seeking a GS-12 Government Ethics Specialist to join a team of dedicated professionals in OGE’s Office of Agency Programs. The ideal candidate will have superb organizational, analytical, and communication skills and a strong desire to make a positive and practical impact in the Federal Government.
The Job Opportunity Announcement (11-OGE-004) closes on Thursday, December 23, 2010.
Please click on the link below for more information and to apply for the position: http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=94591569&JobTitle=Government+Ethics+Specialist&q=11-OGE-004&where=&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=Y&FedPub=Y&x=0&y=0&AVSDM=2010-12-09+00%3a03%3a00
Questions about the position should be directed to Dale Christopher, Associate Director, Program Services Division, at 202-482-9224 or Trish Zemple, Associate Director, Program Review Division, at 202-482-9286.
November 13, 2010
OGE 2009 Prosecution Survey
The Office of Government Ethics issued DAEOgram DO-10-017 on November 9, 2010 announcing the publication of the 2009 Conflict of Interest Prosecution Survey. The survey contains summaries of cases involving conflict of interest violations. The Department of Justice prosecuted the cases. See http://www.usoge.gov/ethics_guidance/daeograms/dgr_files/2010/do10017.pdf
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September 17, 2010
Tracing Broken Links
We received a request via e-mail concerning one of our old postings:
Is the following training still available? OnlineTraining: Working with Contractors: What You Need to Know
When I click on the link it says page is not found. Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Reproducing the answer may help others understand how they can help themselves when they have similar questions:
Like many organizations, OGE has been known to rearrange its website, breaking addresses. You could try contacting OGE and asking them about it. It might not be easy to find the responsible person at OGE. Therefore, it is probably more efficient to first try to track down the new address yourself. Self-help is good in this situation.
This is one of the reasons we include the link to a customized OGE Google search engine at iecjournal.org. It searches only the OGE site. In this case, a search on the phrase "Working With Contractors: What You Need to Know" leads to:
One of the links there has training about working with contractors.
If the site you are searching does not have a customized search engine, you can get a similar result by including the word "site:" before the name of the website to be searched. For example, to search the U.S. Treasury web site for information about ethics, use the search term "ethics site:treasury.gov". Look under the "Advanced Searches" tab at Google for more information about this and other search techniques.
August 31, 2010
OGE website to be reorganized, increase transparencyNextGov reports that OGE plans to demystify its website by reorganizing and renovating it to make audits and other guidance easier for employees -- and transparency watchdogs -- to find. See full article at http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100830_3089.php?oref=topnews
August 27, 2010
POGO Encourages Transparency for OGE Ethics ReviewsA coalition of "good government" groups, including The Project for Government Oversight, is encouraging agencies to disclose the results of OGE Ethics program reviews as part of a package of minimal transparency initiatives they call the "Open Floor."
July 20, 2010
Latest Version of Ethics Regs AvailableThe 2010 version of OGE's Standards of Conduct regulations are available at the GPO website. Thanks to Mark Stone for the reminder.
June 07, 2010
OGE Guide on Conferences (May 2010)
The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) recently compiled the first edition of a reference guide on conferences. The guide includes information on not only Government ethics implications, but also fiscal, procurement, and other legal issues that often arise when Federal personnel are involved in conferences. OGE collaborated with several other entities in creating this guide, they include but are not limited to GAO, GSA, DoD, EPA, and HHS.
Please note this is ONLY meant as a reference guide to help you begin to understand the legal aspects of conferences. It should not be referenced as an authoritative document, but rather users should cite the the primary sources of the information cited in the guide.
Remember this is a working document. If you have comments, or suggestions, or wish to add your agency's perspective, please do so at www.contactoge.gov.
May 04, 2010
2010 OGE Ethics Program Award RecipientsThe U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has announced the 2010 Ethics Program Award recipients:
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Department of Commerce
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Secretary
Office of the General Counsel – Ethics Division
Health Resources and Services Administration
Departmental Ethics Office
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Trade Commission
Merit System Protection Board
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
Langley Research Center
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
Tennessee Valley Authority
April 02, 2010
OGE Participates in Anti-Corruption Mutual Evaluation Mechanisms
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics participated in two regional anti-corruption mutual evaluation mechanisms March 22-26, 2010. The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (known as GRECO for its French acronym) and the Follow-up Mechanism on the Inter-American Convention (known as MESICIC for its Spanish acronym) evaluate member country adherence to a number of similar anti-corruption standards. Topics covered by current and past review have included codes of conduct, financial disclosure as an anti-corruption tool, merit hiring systems, bribery and the tax treatment of bribes.
These mutual evaluation mechanisms allow countries to review how well their peers are complying with their respective anti-corruption obligations. The evaluation processes serve to identify deficiencies in national anti-corruption laws and policies and prompt necessary legislative, institutional and practical reforms. These mechanisms also allow countries to share model practices in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of corruption.
Both mechanisms operate in a series of subject-specific rounds, during which meetings are held to discuss and adopt country reports as they are completed. MESICIC and GRECO are both in their third rounds of review. The U.S. will be reviewed by the MESICIC and GRECO in 2011 and 2012.
You can learn more and see U.S. reports on the following sites:
July 08, 2009
Agency Model Practices
The May upgrades to OGE's list of Agency Model Practices are welcome. Lists like this have multiple benefits, so let's hope this valuable section can be kept updated on a regular basis.
February 27, 2009
US OGE Mailing List Archives
Do you ever wish you could locate old e-mails from OGE's mailing list? There is an easily searchable online archive, including the September 16, 2002 welcome message from then-Director Amy Comstock up to the latest OGE missive.
It's available at:
December 01, 2008
OGE Calendar: December
Excerpt from the 2008 OGE Calendar:
December--Remember, covered employees are required to receive annual ethics training before the end of the calendar year.
December 31--Today marks the end of the Public Financial Disclosure reporting period, except for the reporting period of Part II of Schedule C and Part I of Schedule D, which continue up to the date of filing. (5 CFR § 2634.308(a))
December 31--Today marks the end of the Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting period. (5 CFR § 2634.908(a))
November 25, 2008
The most recent issue of The Journal of Public Inquiry, the professional publication for Inspectors General, has an article by OGE Director Ric Cusick entitled "Outsourcing Public Integrity." The issue containing the article is available in PDF format. It's a 12 Mb download. The Cusick article begins on page 63.
November 01, 2008
OGE Calendar: November
Excerpt from the 2008 OGE Calendar:
November 1 Reminder: Only 61 days remain in the Public Financial Disclosure calendar year. Remember that employees need to serve in a position for 61 days or more to file. (5 CFR § 2634.204)
November 30 DUE TO OGE TODAY: Agencies must submit an annual update of current agency separate component designations for 18 U.S.C. § 207(c). Agencies need not reply if their department or agency currently has no designated components and they do not wish to request the designation of any component. (5 CFR § 2641.201(e)(3)(ii))
November 30 Agencies must submit an annual update of positions previously exempted from senior employee designation under 18 U.S.C. § 207(c). (5 CFR § 2641.201(d)(3)(ii))
November 30 The 1353 travel report for payments of travel accepted from non-federal sources is due today. Agencies must submit either a positive or a negative report. The 1353 travel report should cover the period of April 1, 2008 - September 30, 2008. (31 U.S.C. 1353)
October 01, 2008
OGE Calendar: October
Reminder: The October IEC meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 8, rather than the usual first Thursday.
Excerpt from the 2008 OGE Calendar:
October 31 The Public Financial Disclosure reports of PAS, DAEO, and other persons whose Public Financial Disclosure reports are required to be forwarded to OGE for review and certification who were granted second 45-day extensions are due today.
September 22, 2008
Successful OGE Conference
Last week's Office of Government Ethics conference was another success. Based on attendee comments, the presenters were generally well received. Here are a few of the other well-implemented features that come to mind:
- The Exhibit Room was a good showcase of prize-winning educational and related products, including a slickly produced looping videotape.
- The Internet Cafe facilitated access with home offices.
- The full-color daily bulletins were a useful way of communicating with attendees.
- The half-hour sessions for demos, "ask the expert" time, etc. were a worthwhile innovation.
- The use of USB thumb drives to store handouts was a hit again. Handouts that were too late to make their way onto the thumb drives will be available from OGE by e-mail (Teresa Weakley, tlweake -- AT -- OGE -- DOT -- gov), and possibly their web site.
- And last but not least, the Rosen Centre Hotel met with general approval.
All in all, the conference was another feather in OGE's cap.
P.S. Apologies for the duplicate posts Friday about Congressional hearings. The Wi-Fi connection from Orlando airport was so slow I didn't realize first attempt had already been posted. I removed one from the web site, but you may get two copies via e-mail.
Update: Sept. 23, Corrected Teresa Weakley's e-mail address. As a reminder, we try to disguise e-mail addresses we post because web site postings are the number one source of spammer targets.
September 14, 2008
2008 Ethics Program Awards
OGE has announced its 2008 Ethics Program Awards.
September 12, 2008
Still More Great Search Tips
Thanks to IEC member Ethan A. Carrier for passing along the following excellent tips for searching the OGE web site:
You can also search DAEOgrams like so:
or Advisory Opinions like so:
You may have noticed that you get three copies of each DAEOgram or AO because they exist as three types of files (txt, html, and pdf). If you want to avoid getting your results in triplicate, then you can limit what type of files are returned as results by adding:
filetype:txt or filetype:html or filetype:pdf
So, putting it all together, if I wanted to search the OGE Advisory Opinions for information on widely attended gatherings, I might do it like this:
"widely attended gatherings" site:usoge.gov/advisory_opinions filetype:pdf
You'll see that the results include only OGE Advisory Opinions, and only in the PDF filetype. This really is just scratching the surface of Google's search features, but I hope it is helpful!