Federal Manager's Daily Report

The recently installed head of the Office of Government Ethics has written to the heads of all agencies stressing the importance of ethics and saying he plans to have personal meetings with each of them to discuss their ethics programs and OGE’s role.

Emory A. Rounds III said in a memo that “ethical failures hurt our ability to fulfill our missions and erode the trust of citizens in the government. Public confidence is vital to our success.”

“As the leader of your agency and its ethics program, you can take action now to protect your agency and its mission. Consider demonstrating your commitment to ethical leadership by communicating it directly to your staff, meeting with your ethics team to make sure they have the support they need, and inviting your ethics officials to executive planning meetings to help foresee and prevent ethics challenges,” he wrote.

His memo did not refer to any specific current ethics issue.