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Executive Order 11222 prescribes standards of ethical conduct for Government officials and directs the Civil Service Commission to establish guidelines for agency financial disclosure systems. This report discusses needed improvements in the Department of Agriculture's financial disclosure system.

We made our review pursuant to the Budget and Accounting Act, 1921 (31 U.S.C. 53), and the Accounting and Auditing Act of 1950 (31 U.S.C. 67). Also, several Members of Congress reguested that we review the effectiveness of Federal agencies' financial disclosure systems.

We did not obtain formal comments from officials of the Department of Agriculture; however, we did discuss the report informally with officials in the Department's Offices of General Counsel and Personnel who are responsible for the financial disclosure system. They statea that a closer look at the Department's regulations was needed to clarify and resolve some of the issues raised in our report.

We are sending copies of this report to the Director, Office of Management and Budget; the Secretary of Agriculture; and other interested parties.

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