An organization that contracts with my department or a department that reports to me wants to present me with an award at the organization’s fundraiser. May I accept?
No. You must decline the award to avoid any suggestion that the department’s contracting decisions might be influenced by this proposed recognition. Here’s a letter you can use to do so.
Remember, too, that an offer for you to attend the fundraiser at a reduced or no cost is governed by Mayor’s Executive Order 03-11 concerning gift offers. You must decline the invitation unless your appointing authority determines that your attendance would be a gift to the city as set forth in Sections 3(f) and 5 of the Executive Order.
IntegrityWorks offers guidance for commonly-occurring situations. These are not the only situations in which ethics rules would apply; they are simply the most common ones. Other guidance may be added to this site as situations warrant.
These are general guidelines. Because each situation presents its own set of facts, this general guidance isn’t advice on which you can legally rely. If you want to be absolutely sure that your conduct complies with applicable ethics laws, you should seek advice before taking action.