Progress Report

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

Ethics

Of the 46 recommendations in this category,
5 have been fully implemented by the Biden administration.
0 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: Biden included this recommendation in his Executive Order on Ethics Commitments on Day One of his administration.

 

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

Status: Biden included this recommendation in his Executive Order on Ethics Commitments on his first day in office.

Ensure that the ethics pledge for Biden’s appointees include 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: Biden included this recommendation in his Executive Order on Ethics Commitments on Day One of his administration.

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: Biden included this recommendation in his Executive Order on Ethics Commitments on his first day in office.

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: Biden included this recommendation in his Executive Order on Ethics Commitments on Day One of his administration.


Open Government

Of the 48 recommendations in this category,
0 have been fully implemented by the Biden administration.
3 are partially implemented
Recommendations for Executive Branch Action

Resume the release of White House visitor logs

Status: Partially adopted. The White House has promised to release visitor logs once visits are safe again due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has not committed to the release of virtual visitor logs which are just as critical to protecting the public’s right to meaningful disclosures about the individuals and organizations influencing the executive branch.

Modernize access to Alien Files outside of FOIA.

Status: Partially adopted. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez introduced legislation to provide an earned path to citizenship, address the root causes of migration, responsibly manage the southern border, and reform the immigrant visa system.

Direct the attorney general to issue a Memorandum on Freedom of Information Act Implementation.

Status: Partially adopted. New Attorney General Merrick Garland committed to generous application of FOIA.


Balance of Power

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Of the 44 recommendations in this category,
2 have been fully implemented by the Biden administration.
0 are partially implemented
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.

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

Status: Biden included this recommendation in his Executive Order on Ethics Commitments on his first day in office.


Whistleblowers

No recommendations implemented yet

Responsive Government

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Of the 25 recommendations in this category,
3 have been fully implemented by the Biden administration.
0 are partially implemented
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

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Of the 39 recommendations in this category,
6 have been fully implemented by the Biden administration.
5 are partially implemented
Recommendations for Executive Branch Action

 

Create a COVID-19 task force or advisory committee based at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Status: Partially adopted. Biden announced an executive order to ensure an equitable pandemic response and recovery and creation of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

Affirm to international partners that the United States is committed to collaborating on pandemic response.

Status: Partially adopted. Biden rejoined the World Health Organization, announced intent to join the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility, issued a National Security Directive to strengthen international COVID-19 Response and to advance global health security and biological preparedness, and pledged to support the Global Health Security Agenda.

Improve preparedness to protect vulnerable populations.

Status: Partially adopted. The White House announced increased transparency for States, Tribes, and Territories to help their vaccination efforts.

Ensure the proper staffing, functioning, and transparency of scientific advisory committees shaping government response to the pandemic.

Status: Biden’s Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking includes review of Scientific Advisory Committees and prevention of conflicts of interest. He also issued an executive order on the revocation of certain executive orders concerning federal regulation, including 13875.

Address differing needs of communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Status: Biden signed executive orders asking the Treasury to deliver relief to those who haven’t received financial assistance, tailoring pandemic response and recovery to be based on community needs, underserved population, and created COVID-19 health equity taskforce.

Direct agencies to establish standard procedures for the collection, disclosure, and maintenance of data related to the pandemic.

Status: Partially adopted. Biden signed an executive order ensuring data-driven response to COVID-19 and future high-consequence public health threats, directed the Director of OMB to issue guidance on collecting and publishing data.

Direct agencies to transparently manage coronavirus-related data.

Status: Biden signed an executive order ensuring data-driven response to COVID-19 and future high-consequence public health threats. It also directed the Director of OMB to issue guidance on collecting and publishing data, and for senior officials at agencies to publish public COVID-19 data.