In a parting statement, Shaub signaled there were mounting problems with reining in an administration that has faced many ethics complaints, and a White House occupant who proclaimed in January that he can not have any conflicts of interest because he is president.
Shaub has accepted a job with the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization of election-law experts. In a statement released by the center, Shaub said he would work on ethics reform at all levels of government. Shaub officially steps down on July 19. At the end of May, the White House finally began posting waivers online. He's going to be asking his own appointees to make sacrifices.
Shaub, who before his appointment had served in other roles at OGE and as a lawyer at other federal agencies dating to 1997, was named OGE's director by Obama in 2013 and had been scheduled to serve until January. He said he will work from the outside to strengthen an executive branch ethics program that is created to help thousands of federal employees avoid conflicts of interest.
Because of the history between the two, many officials within the administration weren't pleased with his performance, The Washington Post reported. Shaub made the announcement on Twitter, with his first-ever tweet. Instead, he transferred them into a trust in his name. However, once it became clear that Trump meant to take his seat in the White House while doing next to nothing to resolve his conflicts of interest, Shaub, in consultation with Obama ethics lawyer Norm Eisen, hatched a plan to get Trump's attention through Twitter and public speeches. He condemned Trump's plan as "wholly inadequate". When Kellyanne Conway used her position to encourage the public to buy the president's daughters products, it was Shaub who explained that wasn't acceptable.
The ethics office and the White House kept trading barbs.
In a new interview with CBS, Shaub says it's pretty likely that Trump's private businesses are profiting as a result of his presidency.
Although it's the top executive watchdog, the OGE has no authority over the White House or the president. In a letter, Shaub responded that failing to take action against a senior official risked "undermining the ethics program".
As for his successor, it will be up to Trump to nominate the new head of the Office of Government Ethics, and that nomination will go to the U.S. Senate for a confirmation vote.
And as recently as last week, Shaub was still raising concerns.
That inquiry was again met with disdain.