Attorney General Edwin Meese III has yet to bring himself into compliance with federal ethics regulations almost five months after promising promptly to provide missing details from his 1985 and 1986 financial disclosure reports.

Officials at the Office of Government Ethics sent Meese a letter last July 28 informing him "with specificity the steps necessary to bring him into compliance."

Acting OGE Director Donald Campbell said yesterday that he is still waiting for a Justice Department report. He said he understood that the department's ethics officers had just received most of the needed information from Meese Wednesday night.

"Once you point out problems, it's rather difficult to set deadlines," Campbell told a reporter. "I have to admit this has been a rather long interval here and one that created a lot of heartburn."

Meese revealed last July that he and his wife, Ursula, made more than $35,000 in profits from speculative one-day stock trades during the previous two years under a "limited blind partnership" with a former Wedtech Corp. official, San Francisco businessman W. Franklyn Chinn.

Then-OGE Director David H. Martin said that Meese failed to comply with federal ethics regulations in setting up the partnership and that his July disclosures were still inadequately detailed.

Meese denied any improprieties at a July 9 hearing before a Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee headed by Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.). Meese blamed OGE for failing to notify him of any shortcomings and promised to amend his 1985 and 1986 disclosures "as soon as I am informed by the Office of Government Ethics what it is I am required to disclose."

Levin said yesterday, through an aide, that he regarded Meese's failure to promptly comply with the ethics laws as "simply unacceptable." He emphasized that the shortcomings date back to a 1985 disclosure form "that is now more than two years old and was the subject of a Senate hearing."

Justice Department spokesman Terry Eastland said Meese has been "providing all relevant information and it's in process and everything will be completed soon." As for Meese's not complying with ethics regulations, Eastland said, "I don't have any comment on that."

Campbell said that Justice Department ethics officers have been asked to do a conflict-of-interest analysis of Meese's financial interests in light of his work at the Justice Department. He said the information needed is not that voluminous, but could be "difficult to get together." It would include, for instance, the dates any correspondence went through the attorney general's office involving certain subjects.

Campbell said he hoped to hear from the Justice Department, where the study has to be reviewed at several levels, in about two weeks. "It depends on what form the information {from Meese} was in and what it discloses," he said.