Mayor’s Executive Order 03-11 replaces Executive Order 02-04 and prohibits vendors (or anyone else dealing with or doing business with the City), from offering gifts, i.e. invitations to events, meals, drinks, professional development opportunities, to City executive department officials and employees and members of City boards and commissions. Vendors who violate this Executive Order face debarment or other sanctions.
Every once in a great while, however, individuals, companies, or organizations may sponsor events – say, a business conference or opening of an art exhibit – that they’d like an administration official or employee to attend. While this type of invitation might benefit the individual official or employee, it may be also be considered a “gift to the City,” if it’s in the City’s interest to have the official or employee attend the event.
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.