Overview of the President's Commission on Executive Exchange Program

GGD-85-50: Published: Apr 30, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1985.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the President's Commission on Executive Exchange program.

GAO found weaknesses in the Commission's conflict of interest policies and procedures and that written conflict of interest determinations of host organizations, the Office of Government Ethics, and the sponsoring organizations were frequently not completed before the executives began their assignments. Further, conflict of interest reviews were not requested as quickly as possible. Written determinations from the host government agencies are often delayed because the executives have not filed financial disclosure reports by the time they start their assignments. GAO noted little difference in the timeliness of requests for conflict of interest reviews and the completion of the reviews by either private companies or federal agencies. In addition, GAO found that the Commission is not evaluating the program to determine whether program objectives are being met or that participants are meeting contractual requirements regarding employment restrictions after completing the program.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Executive Director of the President's Commission on Executive Exchange should establish procedures to require that, to the extent practicable, preliminary conflict of interest reviews are made before executives begin their assignments. Further, the Commission should request these reviews in a timely manner to ensure that they can be completed by the time the executives' assignments begin.

    Agency Affected: President's Commission on Executive Exchange

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Executive Director of the President's Commission on Executive Exchange should request private sector executives to file their financial disclosure reports as soon as possible after they begin their assignments in order to facilitate finalizing the conflict of interest reviews.

    Agency Affected: President's Commission on Executive Exchange

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: The Executive Director of the President's Commission on Executive Exchange should establish procedures to evaluate the results of the program to ensure that objectives are being met and that postemployment agreements are being honored by participants.

    Agency Affected: President's Commission on Executive Exchange

 

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