Ethics: Program and Services

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Office of State Ethics

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, 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 45,000 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, an Associate General Counsel and a Paralegal.
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, one Deputy Ethics Enforcement Officer, one Assistant Ethics Enforcement Officer, a Legal Investigator, and a Paralegal.
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 agencys work to public officials, state employees and the public.  In 2014, we launched our Top Ten Ethics Rules training format and conducted over 120 trainings to approximately 2500 individuals.  This initiative allowed us to triple the number of face-to-face trainings that were conducted in 2012 and 2013.  We also conduct in-person training for the lobbyist community and state contractors upon request.  

{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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