Document Type

Brief

Category

Integrity in Brief

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

On October 17, 2017, CAPI hosted Walter Shaub, former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in a conversation with Columbia Law School Professor Richard Briffault before a crowded room of students, faculty, and practitioners. Shaub, now a Senior Director at the Campaign Legal Center, spoke about his 15-year career at the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) that ended with his resignation in the summer of 2017. Most of the hour-long event focused on the work and the role of OGE, what Shaub intended to accomplish there, and why he resigned. Shaub indicated that his goal while serving as Director of OGE was to foster public confidence in the federal government by enabling the public to engage in oversight through increased transparency. After citing frustration at the Trump Administration’s lack of cooperation and information sharing, Shaub explained his departure by stating, “I quit when I didn’t think I could make a difference.”

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