Leaders of the bipartisan transparency caucus pledged to work together to restore public trust in open government, and to apply transparency standards evenly across the three branches of government.
The government’s top ethics official says President Trump still hasn’t provided sufficient documentation of his plan to divest his business holdings.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub are meeting on Monday to talk about recent comments about President-elect Trump and conflicts of interest.
Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, wrote to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, calling for transparency and public education to the ensure citizens know how his agency oversees and guards against executive branch ethics issues.
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has called for more scrutiny of the Office of Government Ethics for its critical stance on President-elect Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest prior to taking office.
The upcoming presidential transition will bring thousands of new faces to top leadership positions, but they might find federal ethics rules to be more stringent than what they’ve seen in the private sector.
Without a doubt, the 2016 presidential transition is the top priority for the Office of Government Ethics this year. OGE Director Walter Shaub said his agency has more training courses and guides, as well as an electronic financial disclosure filing system, to help ethics officers prepare.
Agency preparations for the 2016 presidential transition are well underway. The Office of Government Ethics is adding more training programs to help its employees vet and process financial disclosure forms for new political appointees. And Congress just passed comprehensive transition legislation.
The Office of Special Counsel, Merit Systems Protection Board and Office of Government Ethics haven’t received authorization from Congress since 2007. But Congress says it wants to consider additional legislation and statutory changes before it issues new reauthorizations.
Nineteen agencies have already adopted Integrity, the new electronic financial disclosure program introduced by the Office of Government Ethics to help streamline public filing process.