The Office of Government Ethics has said it will again contact new agency leaders as they are confirmed to stress compliance with conflict of interest and other ethics policies.
I will encourage new leaders to remain “fully committed to our singular duty: to serve the public.” I will urge them to regularly remind their teams of this duty, to reiterate that each department and agency has dedicated and well-supported ethics officials to help with the tough issues, and to always consider their own oaths as they carry out their important duties,” OGE director Emory Rounds said in an online posting.
“It is my firm belief that the trust of the American people is the currency that makes our form of government possible and ensures its continued viability. It is OGE’s mission and my commitment to ensure that the ethics community effectively supports incoming leaders in protecting that trust. Without ethical leadership there cannot be effective stewardship of the public’s trust, and without that trust we cannot succeed,” he said.