GAO discussed its review of the Office of Government Ethics' (OGE) oversight of agency ethics programs, focusing on recommendations OGE made to the Departments of Agriculture (USDA), State, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). GAO found that: (1) OGE staff limitations prevented agency audits every 3 years; (2) OGE recommendations had not been accepted and implemented until 1988 or 1989, when State and HUD committed additional staff to their programs, and in 1990, when USDA committed more staff; (3) OGE issued regulations to strengthen its oversight capability; and (4) many OGE recommendations went unaddressed because OGE failed to follow up on them.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Office of Government Ethics||1. To strengthen the OGE oversight and enforcement program, the Director, OGE, should more aggressively follow up on its recommendations and require agencies to provide evidence showing promised corrective actions have been taken.|
|Office of Government Ethics||2. To strengthen the OGE oversight and enforcement program, the Director, OGE, should promptly issue regulations on confidential financial disclosure.|
|Office of Government Ethics||3. To strengthen the oversight and enforcement program, the Director, OGE, should require financial transactions to be reported on confidential financial disclosure statements.|