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Ethics and Financial Disclosure

The Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Ethics and Financial Disclosure (L/EFD) advises the Department and its employees on ethics laws and regulations applicable to Executive branch employees. These rules govern, inter alia, employee acceptance of gifts, participation in outside activities, avoidance of conflicts of interest, avoidance of appearance of partiality, and seeking and post-government employment. The Office also advises on laws and policies related to employee participation in partisan political activities under the Hatch Act and related regulations. L/EFD manages the Department’s financial disclosure reporting program, including review and certification of the reports for Presidential Appointees and other OGE-278 and OGE-450 filers.

Per Pub. L. No. 112-105, § 11, 126 Stat. 291, 298-300 (2012), as amended by Pub. L. No. 113-7, 127 Stat. 438 (2013), the financial disclosure reports for the Secretary of State and Deputy Secretaries of State are made available online via the Office of Government Ethics’ website.

The Office of Government Ethics also makes available via its website the financial disclosure reports of non-career Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed Department filers. To obtain a copy of other Department filers’ public financial disclosure reports (OGE-278), individuals should fill out an OGE Form 201 and send the completed form to or the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Ethics and Financial Disclosure, U.S. Department of State, 2401 E Street NW, Room H-228, Washington, DC 20522.


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