Head of Ethics Office Resigns

The director of the Office of Government Ethics has turned in his resignation to the White House.

The director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has resigned from his position. His resignation is effective on July 19, 2017.

Walter Shaub sent his resignation letter to the White House today. According to NPR, Shaub has accepted a position with the the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization of election-law experts.

Shaub expressed dissatisfaction with OGE, telling NPR, “The current situation has made it clear that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is. At the Campaign Legal Center, I’ll have more freedom to push for reform. I’ll also be broadening my focus to include ethics issues at all levels of government.”

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) in response to Shaub’s statement requesting to have Shaub testify before the Committee as to what he believes needs changing at OGE.

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