DRS: Code of Ethics Summary

Ethics Statement

As employees of the Department of Revenue Services we are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and impartiality at all times.  The citizens of Connecticut expect ethical behavior from their public servants.   Ethical and professional behavior, both in the manner in which we serve the public, as well as in our public conduct, goes a long way toward helping to instill confidence in state government.
 

As state employees, we are subject to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Public Officials (Chapter 10, Part I, Sections 1-79 through 1-89a, Connecticut General Statutes).  This Ethics Code is state law.  As DRS employees, we are also required to abide by the DRS Code of Ethics.  Our Code of Ethics, as well as the State Guide to the Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees, is available in our Personnel Policy Manual and on the DRS Intranet.  We are expected to familiarize ourselves with and abide by these Codes at all times.  

 

The rules outlined in the Codes are minimal ethical standards that we are expected to follow as DRS employees.  The following is a summary of the most important issues of which we all should be aware.  In general (with some exceptions), the following conduct is prohibited:

  • Using our state position, or any confidential information gained while employed at DRS, for personal financial gain for ourselves or family members;
  • Soliciting or accepting anything of value, including but not limited to, a gift, loan, or promise of future employment that may be offered by someone seeking to gain influence with DRS, including lobbyists;
  • Soliciting or accepting gifts in our official capacity from lobbyists, taxpayers, or from anyone doing business or seeking to do business with DRS;
  • Accepting entertainment, food, beverages, advertising or promotional material in our official capacity;
  • Entering into a contract with the state valued at $100 or more unless it is awarded through an open and public process (this includes family members);
  • Using our state positions to gain outside employment, or accepting outside employment that would impair our independence of judgment with regard to our DRS duties or tempt us to disclose confidential information;  
  • Using confidential information gained while employed at DRS for financial gain after we leave state service; 
  • Representing another party for compensation before DRS for one year after leaving DRS.
  • Representing anyone (other than the State) with regard to a particular matter that we were personally and substantially involved in while employed at DRS and in which the State has a substantial interest. This is a lifetime prohibition.
  • Accepting a job for one year after leaving State service with a party to a contract that we negotiated or awarded and which is valued at more than $50,000, if our resignation occurs within one year after the contract was signed.

If we have any doubts about whether a behavior or activity could violate state law or DRS policy, we are urged to seek guidance from the DRS Ethics Liaison Officer, Shawn Sims at 297-5649.  Or we may call the State Ethics Commission directly at 860-263-2400 or visit their website at www.ethics.state.ct.us .  We may request an opinion in writing from the Ethics Commission staff.