USDA Ethics

Financial Disclosure Tools

  • Electronic Filing for USDA Public and Confidential Filers in 2013

    As a business process improvement, the Department of Agriculture is using an online electronic filing (e-filing) system for you to file your Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) and Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450).  The ethics e-filing system has been successfully used for the past two years by USDA's Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) filers and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service OGE Form-450 filers.  We have received many positive comments about e-filing and are pleased to announce that the system will be accessible to all public and confidiental financial dislcosure report filers throughout the Department.  The system will go "live" for you to file your financial disclosure form on January 1, 2013.

    All USDA financial disclosure report filers are required to electronically file their financial disclosure reports using this system in 2013.  

    E-filing automates and improves the financial disclosure process of USDA's ethics program in many ways.  We believe you will find the e-filing system intuitive and easy to use.  You will be able to fully review and edit the form before you electronically sign and submit it.  As another benefit, if you need to exit the system at any time, you can easily save and exit and then return at a later, more convenient time to find your saved work ready to continue.  Additionally, this system: (1) ensures your form won't be lost in transit, (2) won't needlessly waste natural resources, and (3) will help save USDA expensive delivery service costs.  Perhaps best of all, the information you enter this year will be retained and available for next year.  No more starting from a blank form and wasting your time filling in spaces you've completed before!
    Moreover, the system is secure.  USDA filers put information on these forms that must be guarded from inadvertent disclosure.  This electronic filing system was built to ensure your data is safe.  The system is hosted at a secure (Certified and Accredited), Government location maintained by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).  NTIS is an agency within the Department of Commerce that serves the U.S. Government as its largest central repository for Government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information. 

    At each step as you go along the system, you will find an intuitive and easy to access "Help" section at the right hand corner throughout the application.  To further assist you, a helpful step-by-step video overview of the e-filing process is available here:

    As we move forward in the filing season, we are always looking for ways to make the system even better than it already is, and we welcome any comments you may have about your experiences with e-filing and any suggestions for further enhancing the process.  We thank you for your support of this Department-wide process improvement.  If you have any questions about e-filing, you may contact the Office of Ethics at, at any time.

  • 10 Ways to Make the 278 Review Process Easier

    Read 10 Ways to Make the 278 Review Process Easier.

    No matter how well you've filled out your SF-278, there's always a good chance that you'll get a call from "the ethics person." We're really quite friendly, but you're really quite busy. This may help eliminate some of those questions on nittanoid details that the filing materials never quite tell you. Excellent for use with the Sample 278, above.

  • Sample Entrant SF-278

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    For the visual learner—use the Sample 278 to help you properly list your assets and interests. Numerous commonly-held assets contained, some complex holdings, farm holdings, real estate interests, etc. Standard agreements language for those coming to government from law firms, corporations, universities, and State governments.

  • Sample Termination SF-278 Report

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    The SF 278 termination report must filed by all USDA public financial disclosure report filers within 30 days of terminating employment with the Federal Government. Call the Office of Ethics for (1) assistance with completing the form, (2) obtaining an extension, or (3) obtaining a copy of your previous report.
  • FDOnline Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) Training

OGE 450 report training for those filers using FDOnline electronic filing. Click here for the training. If prompted for a program to use, choose Media Player.


Don't forget to take the Financial Disclosure training!