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Don W. Fox

United States Office of Government Ethics
General Counsel and Principal Deputy Director
Washington, DC, USA


Don Fox is Principal Deputy Director and General Counsel of the United States Office of Government Ethics (OGE).  As the senior career ethics official in the Executive Branch of the United States Government, Mr. Fox leads an agency responsible for providing policy direction and oversight to ethics programs in more than 135 Executive Branch agencies serving nearly 4 million civilian employees and members of the military to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest.  OGE functions that include:

  • Developing ethics program policies, issuing regulations, interpreting conflicts of interest and ethics laws, publishing opinions on complex and novel questions of law, training ethics officials, conducting reviews of ethics programs;
  • Identifying and resolving potential conflicts of interest for approximately 1000 Presidential nominees to Executive Branch positions as part of the nomination and confirmation process;
  • Leading implementation of major ethics reforms, such as President Obama’s Executive Order 13490 and the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act; and
  • Conducting outreach on ethics and compliance issues both domestically and with more than 110 foreign countries.

Mr. Fox is a frequent speaker on ethics-related topics and principles of leadership to organizations and groups across the Government and the private sector, both domestically and abroad.

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