office of government ethics

Anonymous political donations to government sources are a nonstarter

In response to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) reversing its own internal policy related to legal defense funds, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: Anonymous political donations to government sources, particularly from prohibited sources (e.g. lobbyists or those with business before the government) are a nonstarter. This move by OGE invites

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House “Ethics” Committee in name only

Today, the House Ethics Committee concluded that Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) did not violate House rules by offering an amendment that would have benefited his own business. Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “What purpose does the House Ethics Committee serve if it doesn’t ensure compliance with its own standards of conduct?

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It is time to enhance and modernize the Office of Government Ethics (OGE)

As Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director Walter Shaub leaves office this week, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Public confidence in our elected leaders is at an all-time low, but Washington didn’t get the memo. The Trump administration — in order to renew faith in a responsive, ethical federal government —

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Here’s why modernizing the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) should be on top of the congressional to-do list

In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal involving President Richard Nixon, Congress established the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in 1978 to provide oversight of the executive branch and prevent — and resolve — conflicts of interest. The agency was eventually made independent in 1989 and currently oversees ethics standards for 2.7 million civilian employees in more than 130 executive agencies and the

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