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U.S. Government: Accountability, Ethics

Inspectors General, "containing the latest public reports from Federal Inspectors General who are members of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE)". "A collection of 113,962 documents from oversight bodies in the US federal government."

Inspectors General Directory, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE)

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, Committee of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) and its Inspectors General. "To conduct oversight of the funds provided to address the federal government's pandemic response and recovery effort."

"Per the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, the Inspector General's mission is to:

  • Conduct independent and objective audits, investigations and inspections
  • Prevent and detect waste, fraud and abuse,
  • Promote economy, effectiveness and efficiency,
  • Review pending legislation and regulation, and
  • Keep the agency head and Congress fully and currently informed."

Source: Frequently Asked Questions, Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE)

Other agencies and offices

Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Full text reports from this non-partisan "watchdog" agency evaluate cost and effectiveness of past and proposed legislation. Formerly known as the General Accounting Office.

Federal Evaluators, "an informal association of evaluation officials in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government [...] providing information about federal evaluation activities".

Office of Special Counsel (OSC). "An independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency [...] OSC's primary mission is to safeguard the merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing."

Office of Government Ethics (OGE). "Mission: Provide overall leadership and oversight of the executive branch ethics program designed to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest."

  • Officials' Individual Disclosures. Includes Financial Disclosure Reports, Certificates of Divestiture, Ethics Pledge Waivers, Ethics Agreements, Certificates of Ethics Agreement Compliance. For more information, use the links to Glossary of Document Types; Who files, where they file, and how to access their documents; and Frequently Asked Questions (Financial Disclosure).
  • Agency Ethics Documents. Includes Program Review Reports, Annual Agency Ethics Program Questionnaires, Oversight Correspondence with Agencies, 1353 Travel Reports.

Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). "an independent, non-partisan entity charged with reviewing allegations of misconduct against Members, officers, and staff of the U.S. House of Representatives and, when appropriate, referring matters to the House Committee on Ethics".

Department of Justice. Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). See "Browse Filings".
"FARA requires certain agents of foreign principals who are engaged in political activities or other activities specified under the statute to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities. Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents."

Financial disclosure reports

Campaign finance

  • ProQuest Congressional > Members & Committees > Member Records > [MEMBER'S NAME] > Member Profiles > Campaign Finance. 1987-present.

Private Efforts

Project on Government Oversight (POGO), "a nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes waste, corruption, abuse of power, and when the government fails to serve the public or silences those who report wrongdoing. We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles."

Web Integrity Project, Sunlight Foundation. "Our mission is to monitor changes to government websites, holding our government accountable by revealing shifts in public information and access to Web resources, as well as changes in stated policies and priorities."

Website Monitoring, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI). "Since January 2017, EDGI’s Website Governance Project (formerly the Website Monitoring Team) has documented and analyzed changes to tens of thousands of federal agency environmental webpages. We assess the quality and accessibility of web information, and provide recommendations to agencies for improving the provision and preservation of their public information."