Message from Executive Director Karen L. Nober regarding draft advisory on what public employees need to know when looking for a job and after they leave public service


The Ethics Commission has preliminarily approved a draft advisory explaining how the conflict of interest law applies to public employees when they are seeking a new job, if their public job duties affect or involve a potential employer. When a public employee is responsible for matters involving a potential employer, or has dealings in his public position with a potential employer, the conflict of interest law will impose restrictions and disclosure requirements to prevent the public employee from using his position to improve his employment prospects or to favor, or even appear to favor, the potential employer’s interest over the public interest.  This advisory is intended to provide guidance to public employees to assist them in understanding the applicable restrictions when they apply and how to comply with them.  The advisory also explains how the conflict of interest law applies to former public employees after they leave public employment.  The advisory will not have the force of law, but will be purely educational.

The Commission is releasing this draft of the advisory to seek outside views on situations and questions that could be addressed by the advisory to make it more useful and effective as an educational resource.  After any additional revisions are made, the advisory will be brought back to the Commission for final approval at the Commission’s meeting on July 16, 2015.

If there is a situation or question related to the subject matter of this draft advisory that you think it should address, please contact Deirdre Roney, the Commission’s General Counsel, by email at: deirdre.roney@.state.ma.us.  Please caption your email “Draft Advisory.”

The draft advisory is available at:

Draft Advisory 15-1: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest While Seeking a New Job and After Leaving Public Employment  docx format of Draft Advisory 15-1

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