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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Office of Government Ethics' (OGE) operations to determine whether OGE was carrying out its role and responsibilities under the Ethics in Government Act.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Office of Government Ethics||1. To provide agency ethics officials with needed policy guidance, OGE should: (1) issue final regulations establishing a confidential financial disclosure system; (2) provide informal opinions to agency ethics officials in a form to facilitate their use, including guidance on how informal opinions may be sought from OGE and the extent to which they can be relied upon by the individual involved and others; and (3) work with the Department of Justice to complete a comprehensive evaluation of the conflict-of-interest laws and, as appropriate, recommend amendments.|