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Mission Statement

The Ethics Commission exercises authorities granted to it under the Public Ethics Law to promote the public's trust of County government and to ensure the impartiality of County employees, including elected officials, in the execution of their responsibilities.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY20 Operating Budget for the Ethics Commission is $467,326, an increase of $4,043 or 0.87 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $463,283. Personnel Costs comprise 91.68 percent of the budget for three full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 3.00 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 8.32 percent of the FY20 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). The FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

MeasureActual
FY17
Actual
FY18
Estimated
FY19
Target
FY20
Target
FY21
Percentage of Executive Branch public financial disclosure filers in compliance with ethics training requirementNA99%99%99%99%
Number of financial disclosure statements required (calendar year)1,7681,7861,7861,7861,786
Number of formal opinions, waivers and guidance (calendar year)2215151515
Number of lobbyists registered (calendar year)270172172172172
Number of lobbyist activity reports (calendar year)405259259259259
Number of outside employment requests processed (calendar year)1,045882882882882

Accomplishments

  • Based on initiatives of the Ethics Commission, the County Council amended the County's public ethics law and approved regulations the Ethics Commission submitted addressing employee conduct and ethics program administration.

  • More than 99% of executive branch public financial disclosure filers attended mandatory ethics training between May 17, 2017 and July 1, 2018.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Commission worked with the Department of Technology Services (DTS) to develop and implement an electronic payment system to collect lobbying registration fees.

  • With the assistance of the DTS, the Commission initiated changes to the outside employment online system and the lobbying registration and activity reporting system based on amendments to the ethics law and newly approved regulations. These changes will improve the operation of ethics programs and facilitate use of the online systems.

Program Descriptions

  Ethics Program Compliance

Financial Disclosure: The Public Ethics Law requires filing of financial disclosure reports by certain County employees. The Ethics Commission administers the electronic filing system for reporting and coordinates with the Office of Human Resources and all County agencies regarding the status of filers. It resolves all anomalous circumstances and questions...

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Program Contacts

Contact Robert Cobb, Director of the Ethics Commission at 240.777.6674 or Naeem Mia of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2776 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY18
Budget
FY19
Estimate
FY19
Approved
FY20
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages320982.00325812.00 332662.00 342874.005.2
Employee Benefits77054.0078588.00 81500.00 85569.008.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs398036.00404400.00 414162.00 428443.005.9
Operating Expenses33180.0058883.00 21105.00 38883.00-34.0
County General Fund Expenditures431216.00463283.00 435267.00 467326.000.9
PERSONNEL
Full-Time3.003.00 3.00 3.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs3.003.00 3.00 3.000.0
REVENUES
Miscellaneous Revenues23875.0030000.00 30000.00 30000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues23875.0030000.00 30000.00 30000.000.0
FY20 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY19 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION4632833.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs136380.00
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment82750.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment21300.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY19-200000.00
FY20 APPROVED4673263.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY20FY21FY22FY23FY24FY25
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY20 Approved467.000000467.000000467.000000467.000000467.000000467.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000004.0000004.0000004.0000004.0000004.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures467.000000471.000000471.000000471.000000471.000000471.000000