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The State Ethics Commission serves the public by fostering integrity in government. The independent agency provides free advice to all public employees on the conflict of interest law, and civilly enforces this law. You can contact the Commission to obtain legal advice, file a complaint, obtain a statement of financial interest or conflict of interest law disclosure form, or complete statutory conflict of interest law requirements.
The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission seeks candidates for the position of Special Investigator. Reporting to the Chief of the Commission’s Enforcement Division, Special Investigators process complaints and conduct investigations, often of a highly sensitive and/or complex nature, into alleged violations of General Laws chapter 268A, the state conflict of interest law, and chapter 268B, the state financial disclosure law. Duties include interviewing witnesses, analyzing documents, making recommendations to resolve complaints, and performing other investigative work as directed by the Enforcement Division Chief. Please review the job posting.
Persons interested in being considered for the position should submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to Enforcement Division Chief Monica Brookman at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 11, 2020.
This position has also been posted on the MassCareers Job Opportunities website.
State Ethics Commission issues new advisory on gifts
The State Ethics Commission has issued a new advisory, Advisory 19-1: Gifts and Gratuities. The new advisory, which replaces Advisory 04-02, provides general guidance regarding restrictions the conflict of interest law places on gifts given to state, county, and municipal employees. Advisory 19-1: Gifts and Gratuities presents information in an updated format, including an extensive list of frequently asked questions. The advisory also includes new guidance regarding crowdsourced fundraisers, public employee discounts, complimentary meals, and gifts from lobbyists. The new advisory is available by clicking here.
Calendar Year 2019 SFI Filing Season Now Open
The Commission’s Statements of Financial Interests (SFI) electronic filing system is now open for filing of SFIs for calendar year (CY) 2019. An email with a User ID, as well as a link to the Filer Module, was sent to each filer (appointed public employees and elected public officials) with an email address in the system.
- The filing deadline for appointed public employees to file their CY 2019 SFI is Friday, May 1, 2020.
- The filing deadline for elected public officials to file their CY 2019 SFI is Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Filers are strongly encouraged to file electronically. For those who wish to file manually, a printable PDF version of the CY 2019 form and instructions are available. The electronic filing system and manual forms may be accessed by clicking here.