"I wish circumstances were different and I didn’t feel the need to make public remarks today. You don’t hear about ethics when things are going well. You’ve been hearing a lot about ethics lately.
I need to talk about ethics today because the plan the President-elect has announced doesn’t meet the
standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every President in the past four decades has met.
My hope is that, if the Office of Government Ethics can provide some constructive feedback on his plan, he
may choose to make adjustments that will resolve his conflicts of interest.
I’ll limit the scope of my remarks today, and I won’t be talking about nominees whose ethics packages
have not gone to the Senate. With that limitation, there’s still much that can be said. For starters, I’m happy to
report that it’s not all bad news. OGE has been able to do good work during this Presidential transition. I’m
especially proud of the ethics agreement we developed for the intended nominee for Secretary of State, Rex