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Ethics and Accountability

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE)

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) plays a vital role in Presidential transitions, reviewing the financial disclosure reports of prospective Presidential nominees and resolving potential conflicts of interest so they can serve with integrity. This nominee work becomes OGE's primary focus during a transition, when most of the top political leadership in the executive branch turns over. OGE will work in partnership with any Presidential Transition Team to make sure that prospective nominees are free of conflicts of interest, to fill top leadership positions quickly.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent agency in the legislative branch of the federal government. Commonly known as the “investigative arm of Congress” or the “congressional watchdog,” GAO examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and advises lawmakers and agency heads on ways to make government work better. GAO provides Congress with timely information that is objective, fact-based, nonpartisan, nonideological, fair, and balanced. The Presidential Transition Act identifies GAO as a source of briefings and materials to help inform new administrations of the major management issues, risks, and challenges they will face.

Last Reviewed: 2020-10-30