October 30, 2020 Feature

The Corrupt History Behind the Federal Financial Disclosure Reporting System

Dan C. McIntosh

Each January thousands of federal employees receive emails regarding the status of their annual Office of Government Ethics (OGE) 450 financial disclosure report, which requires executive branch employees to report their financial interests and interests outside of government. Federal employees handling procurement matters often ask, “Why do I have to complete this report?” This article seeks to answer the question why OGE 450 reports exist and why it is necessary for thousands of federal employees to file financial disclosure reports each year.

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