November 2, 2016
On November 2, 2016, OGE published a final rule amending its regulations that govern the Executive Branch Ethics Program, which are found at 5 C.F.R. part 2638. The rule is a comprehensive revision that draws upon the collective experience of agency ethics officials across the executive branch and OGE as the supervising ethics office. It is effective January 1, 2017.
The rule reflects extensive input from the executive branch ethics community and the federal inspector general community, as well as OGE’s consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of Personnel Management pursuant to 5 U.S.C. app. 402(b)(1). The rule defines and describes the program, delineates the responsibilities of various stakeholders, and enumerates key executive branch ethics procedures.
A copy of OGE’s final rule can be found here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-02/pdf/2016-26418.pdf.