New financial disclosure system goes live
On New Years Day the Office of Government Ethics launched Integrity.gov, a secure, web-based, ‘TurboTax-like’ system that agencies will use to collect and review financial disclosure reports. Integrity.gov was developed to fulfill the requirements of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act) of 2012, which aims to provide more transparency about public officials’ financial holdings.
In his program advisory, OGE Director Walter M. Shaub Jr. writes, “Integrity significantly enhances the filing, review, and program management aspects of the executive branch public financial disclosure program… Integrity also enables agency ethics officials to assign, review, track, and manage reports electronically… OGE will work closely with agency ethics officials to implement Integrity, including OGE-conducted group presentations for reviewers and individualized training for personnel designated as Integrity administrators for their agencies.”
TCG has supported Integrity since its inception, basing the system on the MAX PaaS, a Platform-as-a-Service developed and operated by government. TCG provided user experience design, requirements elaboration, service development, functional testing, performance analysis, and operational readiness to make Integrity come alive.
“It’s rare that anyone gets the opportunity to build from the ground up a system that’s so useful to so many people,” said TCG President, Daniel Turner. “Integrity will help the government move toward greater transparency. Ethics seems boring, but it’s not – it’s the heart of the trust underpinning our entire system of government. Seeing the rollout of this system is thrilling.”
About the Office of Government Ethics
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics, established by the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, provides overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest. OGE’s mission is part of the very foundation of public service. OGE works with a community of ethics practitioners in more than 130 agencies.
To carry out its leadership and oversight responsibilities, OGE promulgates and maintains enforceable standards of ethical conduct for approximately 2.7 million civilian employees in over 130 executive branch agencies and the White House; oversees a financial disclosure system that reaches more than 27,000 public and more than 370,000 confidential financial disclosure report filers; ensures that executive branch ethics programs are in compliance with applicable ethics laws and regulations; provides education and training to the more than 5,500 ethics officials executive branch-wide; conducts outreach to the general public, the private sector, and civil society; and provides technical assistance to state, local, and foreign governments and international organizations.