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OGE warns agency leaders about unethical behavior

The Office of Government Ethics is reminding agency leaders that they are responsible for the ethical culture within their organizations, a message that comes at a time when the Trump administration has been criticized for agency secretaries’ use of private jets.

The Office of Government Ethics is reminding agency leaders that they are responsible for the ethical culture within their organizations, a message that comes at a time when the Trump administration has been criticized for agency secretaries’ use of private jets.

David Apol, the acting director and general counsel for the Office of Government Ethics, sent a memo to agency leaders reminding them to set positive examples as leaders.

“As a leader in the United States government, the choices that you make and the work that you do will have profound effects upon your nation and its citizens,” Apol writes, continuing, “You are ultimately responsible for the culture within your organization. The priorities that you set, the messages that you deliver, and the actions that you take, demonstrate your level of commitment to ethics in government.”

Apol said that he has been “deeply concerned” about some of the conduct among government leaders.

Last month, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent leaders of 24 federal agencies requesting information on all flights of non-career officials using government-owned and non-commercial private aircraft since Jan. 20, 2017 after reports of misuse of chartered planes by administration leaders for personal pleasure at taxpayer expense.

He also attached a separate document that outlines the role agency leaders play in promoting a positive ethical culture.

Reader comments

Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Management minions spend more time at the golf course than actually managing their offices. The do not take annual leave like the ordinary grunts and brag about it at their retirement party.

Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Perhaps Nancy Pelosi could share her Air Force planes with the current afministration. Oh, and Eric Holder could be consulted about how to use personal aircraft and get by with it. The media's double standard is staggering.

Wed, Oct 11, 2017 Steve Texas

The use of private jets for business should be prohibited and the Federal Government should be reimbursed for these expenses. If not, these secretaries should be immediately terminated.

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