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Office of Government Ethics

1201 New York Avenue NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005-3917

(TTY) 800-877-8339

Chief of Staff / Program CounselShelley K. Finlayson

Deputy Director, ComplianceDale A. Christopher
General CounselDavid J. Apol

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2020.

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2020.

The Office of Government Ethics leads and oversees the executive branch program for preventing and resolving conflicts of interest.

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is an executive branch agency established under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended (5 U.S.C. app. 401).

With the advice and consent of the Senate, the President appoints the Director for a 5-year term.


The OGE provides overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program, which prevents and resolves conflicts of interest. To carry out its leadership and oversight responsibilities, the Office promulgates and maintains enforceable standards of ethical conduct for approximately 2.7 million employees in over 130 executive branch agencies and the White House; oversees a financial disclosure system that reaches approximately 26,000 public and 380,000 confidential financial disclosure report filers; ensures that executive branch agency ethics programs are in compliance with applicable ethics laws and regulations; provides education and training to the more than 4,500 ethics officials throughout the executive branch; conducts outreach to the general public, the private sector, and civil society; and provides technical assistance to State, local, and foreign governments and international organizations.

Sources of Information


The OGE posts written guidance to executive branch ethics officials and employees online.


Educational resources for ethics officials—including Institute for Ethics in Government training videos—are available online.

Career Opportunities

The OGE posts vacancy announcements on USAJobs. The Compliance Division seeks agency ethics officials to participate in rotational details for increasing financial disclosure review proficiency. A detail assignment typically lasts 4–8 weeks, and arrangements can be made to accommodate commitment and schedule.

Conflict of Interest

The OGE Web site provides links to opinions and other guidance that interpret the conflict of interest laws.

Dates / Deadlines

The schedule of ethics dates helps executive branch agency ethics officials identify key dates and meet important deadlines throughout the calendar year.

Executive Orders

A list of Executive orders that significantly affected or continue to affect the executive branch ethics program is available on the OGE's Web site.

Financial Disclosure

Appointee, nominee, Presidential, and Vice Presidential public financial disclosure reports and ethics agreements are available online.

Resources for public financial disclosure are available on the OGE Web site.


All forms created by the OGE and instructions for downloading them are available online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Information on how to submit a FOIA request is available online.

An electronic reading room contains documents that the OGE has released after multiple FOIA requests or disclosed proactively. Before making a FOIA request, search the electronic reading room for relevant records that already may be accessible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The OGE answers media FAQs on its Web site.

International Support

The OGE conducts international work under the auspices of the Department of State. In addition to descriptions of its bilateral and multilateral activities and onsite briefings, the "International Activities" Web pages contain documents that international visitors most often request, international conference papers and speeches, documents prepared for anticorruption meetings, links to other information on the fight against public corruption, and a selection of documents translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Legislative Affairs

The OGE posts budget submissions, correspondence with Congress, information on legislation affecting the executive branch ethics program, and other legislative materials on its Web site.


The OGE posts documents and information that members of the media request often. A media liaison is available to provide additional assistance. | Email:

Open Government

The OGE supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency.

Organizational Chart

An organizational chart is available on the "Contact Us" Web page.

RSS Feeds

The dates and deadlines RSS feed streams the dates of events like training and deadlines that are relevant to the management of agency ethics programs. The latest advisories RSS feed streams new education, legal, and program management advisories.

Site Map

A site index presents document categories based on their appearance in the Web site's drop-down menus.

Social Media

The OGE tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The Institute for Ethics in Government posts videos on the OGE's YouTube channel. | Email:

For further information, contact the Office of Government Ethics, Suite 500, 1201 New York Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20005-3917. Phone, 202-482-9300. TTY, 800-877-8339. Fax, 202-482-9237.