American Oversight sent a letter this week to Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling on him to ensure that ethics waivers given to Trump administration officials are released to the public.
In 2009, Senator Grassley was a leading voice in working to make sure that Obama administration ethics waivers – documents that allow government officials to work on issues despite potential conflicts of interest – were posted publicly.
At the time, Grassley wrote to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) calling on it to “implement policies and procedures to collect all [ethics] waivers” for the new administration and “take immediate action to make any waivers and recusals public.”
OGE recently announced it intends to collect ethics waivers from Trump appointees across the government by June 1, 2017, but it has not yet said whether it will make those records available online.
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