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.

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