Ethics and Confidential Financial Disclosure for Special Government
Most members of Federal advisory committees are
appointed as Special Government Employees (SGEs), and serve as
Federal employees for up to 130 days in any given year. SGEs, like
all Executive Branch employees, are subject to the Standards of
Ethical Conduct issued under the Ethics Reform Act of 1989. The U.S.
Office of Government Ethics (OGE) requires that members must receive
Ethics Training each year, and must submit annual financial
disclosure reports before they may meet to render advice or
recommendations to the government. The intent of these requirements
is to ensure that advice, guidance, and recommendations rendered by
Federal advisory committees are free of actual and apparent
conflicts of interest. Click here for a summary of the
that apply to SGE advisory committee members.
CDCís Committee Management Officer has
day-to-day responsibility to oversee ethics-related activity for
CDCís advisory committee members, including the rigorous review and
conflict of interest analysis process for advisory committee
membersí financial disclosure reports. We are also responsible for
providing initial and annual ethics training for SGE committee
members. OGE has the authority and the responsibility to regulate
ethics-related activity for the entire Executive Branch.
Members of peer review committees (also known
as initial review groups - IRGs) are not appointed as SGEs therefore
are not subject to the same disclosure requirements. However, under
HHS and CDC rules members of IRGs are required to disclose conflicts
of interest, and to provide assurance that they are free of
conflicts of interest, before they may participate at each peer
Some CDC employees who are fulltime Federal
employees are also required to provide annual confidential financial
disclosure, to ensure their personal financial interests and outside
activities do not conflict with their official duties.
CDCís Ethics Program Office
has responsibility for this requirement.
At our Laws & Regulations page we have provided
a collection of the conflict of interest laws and regulations as
well as links to access the forms required of SGEs.
The DHHS Office of the General Counsel
is another useful source of information.