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United States Office of Government Ethics

Efforts to "reinvent" Government have led to a surge in the privatization of Federal functions over the past years. Variously termed partnering, out-sourcing, contracting out, downsizing, devolution, cooperative agreements, integrated process teams or other similar descriptions, the common characteristic entails transfer of a Government function to the private sector. Both the privatization process itself and any resulting arrangements which involve interactive partnering between Government employees and the private sector work force raise challenging ethical considerations for executive branch employees and ethics officials.

General Public Resources

One of OGE's main purposes is to help ensure public confidence in Government decision-making. OGE accomplishes this goal by providing the Executive branch with the regulatory framework for preventing conflicts of interest in Government work and by promoting the ethical behavior of employees in the Executive branch.

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Public confidence depends upon ready access to information and a greater public awareness of Government operations and activities. Find frequently requested public documents on the following pages:

While OGE does not handle complaints of misconduct, there are agencies and entities across the federal, state, and local governments that process such complaints: