Entity: Office of Government Ethics

News Roundup: The Trump Administration and the Hatch Act

June 14, 2019
Like many norms in the Trump era, the prohibition on federal employees engaging in political activity while at work has been routinely tested by this administration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

Legal Defense Funds for Executive Branch Officials Must Be Regulated

June 14, 2019
There is currently no federal regulation governing executive branch officials’ use of legal defense funds. American Oversight is calling on the Office of Government Ethics to change that.

American Oversight Comment to Office of Government Ethics – Legal Expense Fund Regulation

June 14, 2019
American Oversight's comment submitted to the Office of Government Ethics regarding developing a Legal Expense Fund regulation. American Oversight argues that OGE should promulgate a Legal Expense Fund regulation that provides transparency, allows public scrutiny and effective oversight, and ensures accountability for receiving funds from sources that would create conflicts of interest.

No Records Response from OGE Regarding Communications and Meetings Between High-Level Ethics Officials and President Trump or his Staff. _

April 15, 2019
Office of Government Ethics stated that it had no record of meetings or communications between high level ethics officials and President Trump, the Trump campaign, the Trump transition team, or the Trump White House. American Oversight asked for records with these OGE officials: Director Walter M. Shaub, Jr., General Counsel David J. Apol, Chief of Staff Shelley K. Finlayson, and Deputy Director Dale Christopher.

Closing the Corruption-Breeding Loopholes the Trump Administration Has Exploited

March 27, 2019
The administration's corruption has revealed fundamental gaps in federal ethics laws. Important new legislation would strengthen ethics requirements.

OGE Communications About Trump Cabinet Member Ethics Agreements

December 20, 2018
Office of Government Ethics records of communications about ethics agreements for Callista Gingrich, Kellyanne Conway, George Perdue, Stephen Miller, Hope Hicks, Stephen Bannon, Robert Lighthizer, Ajit Pai, Gary Cohn, Dina Powell and Reed Cordish.

OGE Communications About Trump Cabinet Member Ethics Agreements

December 10, 2018
Office of Government Ethics records of communications about ethics agreements for appointees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Assistant Attorney General with Ties to Russian Bank Recused from Mueller Investigation

December 6, 2018
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s position at the Department of Justice continues to draw scrutiny from both Congress and watchdog groups, as does that of Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who previously represented the Russian entity Alfa Bank and has been screened off from the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference.

DOJ and OGE Records Regarding Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski’s Ethics Determinations

December 6, 2018
New documents obtained by American Oversight reveal that Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, who previously represented a bank owned by oligarchs connected to the Russian government, has been recused from the special counsel investigation.

OSC Opens Whitaker Case File in Response to American Oversight Request

November 21, 2018
Update: The Office of Special Counsel has opened a case file in response to American Oversight's call for an investigation into Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's potential Hatch Act violations. American Oversight wrote to multiple federal offices requesting investigations of Whitaker.