Financial Disclosure System for Department of Agriculture Employees Needs Strengthening

FPCD-77-17: Published: Jan 31, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 31, 1977.

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The financial disclosure system for employees of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) was reviewed to determine whether: (1) the system is effective for revealing conflict of interest situations; (2) all required disclosure statements were promptly and properly filed; and (3) the financial disclosure statements were adequately reviewed and analyzed.

The USDA financial disclosure system was found to be weak in the areas of: (1) criteria for identifying positions whose incumbents should file financial disclosure statements; (2) procedures for collecting statements; and (3) criteria for reviewing statements. More employees should be filing statements. Most agency review officials did not adequately follow up to promptly collect statements from nonfiling employees. Review of employees' financial interests was inconsistent.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: USDA should: (1) develop more specific criteria to include employees whose jobs affect the agriculture industry; (2) identify employees affected by statutory and regulatory prohibitions; (3) develop procedures to ensure prompt collection of statements; and (4) develop a system for coordinating and monitoring the activities of review officials.

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