U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sent letters to the designated agency ethics officials at 17 federal agencies urging them to uphold the Ethics in Government Act.
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., sent letters to the designated agency ethics officials at 17 federal agencies urging them to uphold the Ethics in Government Act and address potential conflicts of interest in nominees that require Senate confirmation.
Carper requested information on each agency’s efforts to fulfill their responsibilities under the Ethics in Government Act and Office of Government Ethics regulations, which set forth the uniform procedures and requirements necessary to address potential conflicts of interest prior to Senate confirmation.
“As you may be aware, President-elect Donald Trump has indicated that he plans to depart from the practices of past presidents and will not conduct himself in a manner consistent with federal conflict of interest laws,” Carper wrote. “President-elect Trump also recently canceled a press conference at which he had promised to announce the steps he would take with respect to his business and financial interests and, as of this date, has yet to reschedule it. However, the president’s nominees, if confirmed by the Senate, will be subject to criminal and civil penalties for violations of these laws, which require the disqualification of an executive branch official from participating in any governmental matter in which that official has any financial interest.”
Public reports have indicated that some of President-elect Trump’s nominees have been slow to complete the process to address conflicts of interest. Carper concluded, “As the principal manager of your agency’s ethics program, you play an important role by assuring that public servants remain free from conflicts of interest and that public service remains a public trust. It is important that Congress support your office’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities under the Ethics in Government Act regardless of any inappropriate pressure that may occur.”