Ethics liaisons are the primary point of contact for the State Ethics Commission. Agency heads are required to designate “ethics liaisons”.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Serve as the point of contact for the State Ethics Commission and your agency/commission.
- Promptly notify the SEI Unit at the State Ethics Commission of any new covered employees/appointees.
- Provide the new appointee’s name, appointing authority, start date, and end date.
- Notify the SEI Unit when employees/appointees retire, resign, or otherwise leave their position so we can update our database of filers.
- Periodically review the State Ethics Commission’s website for new information including: education opportunities, newsletters, and advisory opinions.
- Maintain active communication with the State Ethics Commission on any Ethics Act-related issues.
Statements of Economic Interest (SEIs)
- Ensure newly appointed individuals file their SEI prior to taking their position/being sworn.
- Remind all filers of their annual obligation to file their SEIs by April 15th.
- Encourage filers to file electronically through the State Ethics Commission’s website.
- Electronic filing is more efficient, provides the filer with immediate confirmation of filing, and ensures that filers complete every question. It also provides a starting point for the next filing year.
- Those filing manually must answer every question and keep a copy for their records.
- Track completion of SEI requirements.
- Liaisons must attend ethics education programs.
- Education programs are available online or live.
- Track completion of education requirements.
Advice & Advisory Opinions
Ethics liaisons may also request informal advice from Commission staff or a formal advisory opinion from the Commission on behalf of or concerning individuals in their agencies who are covered by the State Government Ethics Act.
The following links may be helpful to you in your role as an ethics liaison: