Ethics: Program and Services

{Agency Units}
Office of State Ethics
Programs and Services

The Office of State Ethics promotes integrity in government by providing legal advice, guidance and education to public officials, state employees and lobbyists; by sensibly interpreting and, when necessary, fairly and impartially enforcing applicable laws; by administering the lobbyist and financial disclosure filing systems; and by providing the public with access to non-exempt information.

Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board

The Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board (CEAB, or Board) is a nine-member Board.  The members are appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders for staggered, non-renewable, four-year terms.


{Municipal Candidates}  Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board Members

{Municipal Candidates}  A Chronological History of Citizen's Ethics Advisory Board Members 2005 - Present 

Legal Division 
Legal Advice, Legislation and Regulations
The Legal Division provides advice and opinions regarding the Codes of Ethics to the regulated community, which includes approximately 50,000 public officials and state employees, nearly 2,000 lobbyists, and all state contractors.  The Division consists of a General Counsel, who also serves as counsel to the CEAB,  a Deputy General Counsel, two Staff Attorneys and a Paralegal.
Advisory Opinions
In 2013, the OSE received approximately 1,148 requests for advice about the application of the Codes of Ethics.  The CEAB issued 4 Advisory Opinions and 2 Declaratory Rulings.  The Legal Division staff issued 410 written staff opinions in 2013, in addition to handling 738 other requests for advice over the telephone or in face-to-face meetings. 
Enforcement Division
Enforcement and Audits
The Enforcement Division investigates and prosecutes violations of the Codes of Ethics. The Division consists of an Ethics Enforcement Officer, two Assistant Ethics Enforcement Officers, a Legal Investigator, and a Paralegal.
Enforcement Actions
The Enforcement Division conducted a total of 232 reviews of potential violations of the Codes of Ethics during 2013, 43% more than the previous year.  The Division resolved 84 matters in 2013 by consent order or other information resolution, resulting in the collection of a total of $13,588 in penalties.
In 2013, the Division opened and closed 171 matters under the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act (UAPA) regarding failure to timely file financial reports or other required filings.  Of these, all 171 were resolved informally prior to hearing.  The total amount received from these informal settlements was $10,588.
The Enforcement Division performs audits of lobbyist filings, as required by statute, and performs analyses of lobbyist and public official filings incident to its enforcement function.
{Municipal Candidates}  Enforcement Overview and Filing a Complaint       
{Municipal Candidates}  Enforcement Actions
Financial Disclosure Statements
Lobbyist Filings and Statements of Financial Interests
The Office of State Ethics is also statutorily obligated to receive, process, and maintain records of all lobbyist filings along with public official and state employee Statements of Financial Interests (SFIs).
Lobbyist Filing System
{Municipal Candidates}  Lobbyist Filing System Overview      
Statements of Financial Interests (SFIs)
{Municipal Candidates}  Public Officials and State Employee Filing Overview       
Education and Training

Education and Training activities are performed by the Director of Education.  The education component of the Office of State Ethics is often the most visible aspect of the agency’s work to public officials, state employees and the public.  In 2014, the Office of State Ethics held 120 education sessions.  These sessions included trainings for newly-elected legislators as well as sessions for new commissioners, deputy commissioners and appointed officials. 

{Municipal Candidates}  Education and Training
Municipal Ethics
The Office of State Ethics does not have jurisdiction over municipal or local ethics issues.  We do, however, offer the following resource for those municipalities interested in strengthening their own ethics commissions or policies.
{Municipal Candidates}  Municipal Ethics Task Force of the Government Administration and Elections Committee.
{Municipal Candidates} Showcases model municipal codes and other resources to assist
    municipalities across the country in developing more effective ethics programs. 
   (The OSE neither promotes nor endorses any information contained in this link.)
Office of State Ethics
Agency Policies
{Municipal Candidates}  OSE Ethics Policy
{Municipal Candidates}  Affirmative Action Policy
{Municipal Candidates}  Freedom of Information Protocol
{Municipal Candidates}  OSE Retention Schedule

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