Action Needed to Make the Executive Branch Financial Disclosure System Effective

FPCD-77-23: Published: Feb 28, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1977.

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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.

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