Progress Report

Ethics / Open Government / Balance of Power / Responsive Government / COVID Pandemic

Ethics

For the 30 recommendations in this category,
20 have been fully implemented by the Biden administration.
3 are partially implemented
Recommendations for Executive Branch Action

Issue an ethics executive order that incorporates best practices from previous administrations’ ethics orders, including a strong ethics pledge.

Status: Reflected in Biden’s Day One actions

Ban officials from accepting a “golden parachute” from their former employers.

Status: Reflected in Biden’s Day One actions

Ensure that the ethics pledge for his appointees includes a revolving door prohibition, banning former appointees from lobbying anyone in the administration on behalf of a paying client for two years after leaving public service.

Status: Reflected in Biden’s Day One actions

Require all senior executive branch officials to sign an ethics pledge under oath that addresses both the conflicts of interest of the “reverse revolving door” upon entering and leaving government.

Status: Reflected in Biden’s Day One actions

Grant revolving door restriction waivers, if it can be reasonably demonstrated that the incoming official’s service is necessary to the operation of the government.

Status: Reflected in Biden’s Day One actions

Prohibit officials from interfering with federal law enforcement matters, ensuring the independence of Department of Justice investigative and prosecutorial decisions.

Status: Reflected in Biden’s Day One actions


Open Government

For the 10 recommendations in this category,
2 have been fully implemented by the Biden administration.
0 are partially implemented
Recommendations for Executive Branch Action

Resume the release of White House visitor logs. The White House has promised to release visitor logs once visits are safe again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Status: The White House has promised to release visitor logs once visits are safe again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Balance of Power

No recommendations implemented yet
Recommendations for Executive Branch Action

Conduct a review of ongoing national emergencies.

Status: Biden retracted the declaration of the border wall construction as a national emergency.


Whistleblowers

No recommendations implemented yet

Responsive Government

Recommendations for Executive Branch Action

Rescind Executive Orders Undermining Important Public Protections.

Status: The Biden administration has revoked several of the executive orders outlined in Accountability 2021 to ensure that regulatory actions are made in the public interest.

Delay implementation of rules not yet in effect.

Status: The administration ordered a freeze on any rules not yet finalized, and asked agencies to consider delaying implementation of finalized rules for 60 days.

Rebalance the regulatory process to advance health, safety, justice, democracy, and equity values.

Status: The administration’s regulatory review embodies the recommendation to give careful consideration to the non-monetary benefits of regulation.


Pandemic Response & Preparedness

Recommendations for Executive Branch Action