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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 FY19 Operating Budget for the Ethics Commission is $463,283, an increase of $33,676 or 7.84 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $429,607. Personnel Costs comprise 87.29 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 12.71 percent of the FY19 budget.

Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government

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Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). The FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

MeasureActual
FY16
Actual
FY17
Estimated
FY18
Target
FY19
Target
FY20
Number of financial disclosure statements required (calendar year)1,7021,7231,7231,7231,723
Number of formal opinions, waivers and guidance (calendar year)2823232323
Number of lobbyists registered (calendar year)262266266266266
Number of lobbyist activity reports (calendar year)372375375375375
Number of outside employment requests processed (calendar year) 11,568897897897897
1  The number of outside employment requests, not including sworn police employment requests, spiked in 2016 due to the one-time impact of transitioning to the online outside employment system.

Accomplishments

  • The Commission instituted a new compliance program and a mandatory ethics training for executive branch financial disclosure filers in May 2017. The initial training cycle (training is every three years) will be completed by June 30, 2018. By the end of calendar year 2017, 1,260 employees received the mandatory ethics training, constituting more than 90 percent of employees subject to the requirement.



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Initiatives

  • The Commission submitted to the County Council for approval a set of regulations providing guidance in several areas under the County's Ethics Law, including outside employment approval; misuse of position; gifts; and financial disclosure.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • The Commission worked with the Department of Technology Services (DTS) on a new Financial Disclosure System as the existing system is built on a server that is no longer supported by Microsoft. The new system was implemented at the end of 2017.

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 Phil Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Approved
FY19
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages300105.00312090.00 319729.00 325812.004.4
Employee Benefits74171.0074355.00 77521.00 78588.005.7
County General Fund Personnel Costs374276.00386445.00 397250.00 404400.004.6
Operating Expenses204427.0043162.00 34570.00 58883.0036.4
County General Fund Expenditures578703.00429607.00 431820.00 463283.007.8
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 Revenues35125.0030000.00 30000.00 30000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues35125.0030000.00 30000.00 30000.000.0
FY19 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION4296073.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Outside Counsel200000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs100870.00
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment76260.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment2420.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail210.00
Decrease Cost: Other Professional Services-43000.00
FY19 APPROVED4632833.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved463.000000463.000000463.000000463.000000463.000000463.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY190.000000-20.000000-20.000000-20.000000-20.000000-20.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including outside counsel, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
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 Expenditures463.000000447.000000447.000000447.000000447.000000447.000000