Action Needed to Make the Executive Branch Financial Disclosure System Effective
FPCD-77-23: Published: Feb 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1977.
- Full Report:
Basic changes are needed in the executive branch enforcement of financial disclosure reporting requirements.
Executive Order 11222 prescribed standards of ethical conduct for government officers and employees and directed the Civil Service Commission to establish guidelines for agency financial disclosure systems. The executive branch conflict-of-interest program can no longer be managed on an ad hoc basis with limited support and insufficient resources. Many potential conflicts were obvious in statements which were filed, but were not questioned by the persons who reviewed the statements or were not resolved. Many employees who were required to file statements failed to do so or filed late. Many were not required to file, although they should have been.
Recommendation for Executive Action
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Recommendation: The President should: (1) issue a clear statement to the heads of all executive departments and agencies setting forth a firm commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct; (2) establish an executive branch office of ethics with adequate resources to address the problems of enforcement and compliance; (3) amend the Executive Order to clearly define the terms conflict substantially and substantially affected; and (4) amend the order to require all designated employees to disclose additional types of data and to require the collection of information necessary to enforce agency conflict-of-interest laws and administrative prohibitions.