Federal Ethics and Stimulus Oversight
Ethics and integrity in government is critical to building and maintaining trust among citizens. At a time when trust in government is at an all-time low, these principles are more important than ever. The Coalition for Integrity is committed to advancing these ideals and supporting effective oversight.
Leading from the Top: An Ethics Plan for Presidential Candidates
This starts at the very top with the President. The President can set the tone for the entire government that ethics are a priority. He or she can propose a legislative agenda that remedies gaps in ethics laws, appoint qualified and independent officials to oversight positions, and exemplify integrity in his or her own actions. To support these goals and detail action that can be taken, the Coalition has released a report entitled Leading from the Top: An Ethics Plan for Presidential Candidates. This report details shortcomings in ethics laws, and offers solutions for the President to act on. Read it here.
Oversight of the CARES Act
While important, the President is not the only relevant official in the area of oversight, particularly in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Inspectors General play a vital role in ensuring effective oversight. The Coalition has released a report entitled Oversight is Better than Hindsight: Anti-Corruption Recommendations for the CARES Act. The report highlights past success stories of Inspectors General, and examines what lessons can be learned from them and applied to oversight of the CARES Act. Supporting oversight of the stimulus not only ensures that money will find its way into the hands of people who need it the most, but represents a sound financial investment, as Inspectors General recover dramatically more money than is appropriated for their budget. You can read our press release here, and the report here.