Policy Chats
Policy Chats
Jun 4, 2021
Government: Ethics & Transparency at the Federal Level (with Shelley Finlayson)
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In this episode, U.S. Office of Government Ethics Chief of Staff & Program Counsel Shelley Finlayson talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about ethics and transparency within the executive branch of the federal government.

About Shelley Finlayson:

Ms. Finlayson joined OGE in 2006, initially serving in roles related to OGE’s legislative affairs and budget programs. Early in her tenure at OGE, Ms. Finlayson was honored to be selected as a Brookings LEGIS Fellow, through which she served with the Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the UCR School of Public Policy Advisory Board. 

Learn more about Shelley Finlayson via https://oge.gov/Web/OGE.nsf/Resources/Meet+OGE’s+Chief+of+Staff+&+Program+Counsel,+Shelley+K.+Finlayson

Podcast Highlights:

We lead the program to ensure that public employees carry out the government responsibilities entrusted to them with impartiality.

-       Shelley Finlayson on the topic of why the Office of Government Ethics was created.

All of us are harmed when important government missions are derailed by ethics issues or violations and the public confidence is lost...

-       Shelley Finlayson on the topic of the importance of transparency and public trust.

The idea that someone who's an expert in a particular area is going to come and bring their expertise to the government, that's a good thing. What we don't want them to bring with them is financial ties.

-       Shelley Finlayson on the topic of financial conflicts of interest.


Shelley Finlayson (U.S. Office of Government Ethics Chief of Staff & Program Counsel)


Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

Johanna Arias (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

Music by:

C Codaine



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This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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