Today, 14 transparency and accountability organizations called on the Biden administration to fulfill a campaign promise and relaunch Ethics.gov to elevate ethics as a core value throughout the federal government. In a letter to Susan Rice, director of the Domestic Policy Council, the groups outlined several reasons why the central repository must be robust in scope, usability, and functionality to hold government officials accountable for unethical conduct.
According to the letter: “It should be easy for the public to understand whether officials are acting ethically. Unfortunately, under existing ethics rules, a tremendous amount of ethically questionable conduct can occur under the radar because disclosures are complicated, opaque, or untimely. Transparency in ethics-related information is critical to ensure that the public can play an appropriate role in holding government officials accountable to the public interest and to ensure public confidence that these efforts are successful.”