5 CFR 2638.202 - Responsibilities of agency head.
(a) In general. The head of each agency is responsible for and shall exercise personal leadership in establishing, maintaining, and carrying out the agency's ethics program. He or she shall make available to the ethics program sufficient resources (including investigative, audit, legal, and administrative staff as necessary) to enable the agency to administer its program in a positive and effective manner.
(b) Selection of a designated agency ethics official. The head of each agency shall appoint an individual to serve as the designated agency ethics official and an individual to serve in an acting capacity in the absence of the primary designated agency ethics official (alternate agency ethics official). In selecting these two individuals the head of an agency should ensure that the experience of such appointees in administrative, legal, managerial, or analytical work demonstrates the ability to -
(1) Review the financial disclosure reports submitted by officers or employees within the agency, assessing the application of conflict of interest laws and regulations to the information reported and counseling those officers or employees with regard to resolving actual or potential conflicts of interests, or appearances thereof;
(2) Review the financial disclosure reports submitted by Presidential appointees for confirmation purposes and counsel those appointees with regard to resolving potential conflicts of interest, or appearances thereof, before the confirmation hearing;
(3) Counsel agency personnel concerning ethics standards and programs;
(4) Counsel departing and former agency officials on post-employment conflict of interest standards;
(5) Assist managers and supervisors in understanding and implementing agency ethics programs;
(6) Administer a system for periodic evaluation of the ethics program; and
(7) Select deputy ethics officials if necessary and manage the ethics program through them.
(c) Designation. The head of each agency shall formally delegate functional authority to coordinate and manage the ethics program as set forth in § 2638.203 to the designated and alternate agency ethics officials. Within 30 days of any such delegation of authority the head of the agency shall submit to the Office of Government Ethics a formal written designation. The designation shall include:
(1) The names of the individuals so designated;
(2) The title of the position held by each designee; and
(3) A copy of the delegation of authority.
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