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Your Ethics Questions!
From time to time, the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer will post answers to frequently-asked ethics questions. All questions and answers provided will be based upon real-life examples that come to the Office throughout the year.  Ethics Questions of the Week can be found here.

Have a question you want answered?  Send it to us at integrity@phila.gov

*All identifying information will be redacted to protect the confidentiality of the requestor.
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Holiday Gifts Reminder!
Do you know what to do if you receive a gift from a prohibited source, like a contractor, this holiday season?  What about giving a gift to your boss for the holidays?  If you don't, no worries!  We are here to help.  Read our annual reminder about holiday gift-giving or this one-page guide with FAQ on how to handle holiday gifts between employees.  
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Request to Engage In Outside/Self-Employment Form
Mayor Kenney recently signed Executive Order 12-16 updating the requirements for reporting outside and self-employment by Executive Branch employees.  In addition to this Executive Order, there is also an updated Request to Engage in Outside or Self-Employment Form that you may use to request to engage in outside or self-employment or to update a previously approved outside or self-employment request.
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Quarterly Updates and Annual Reports!
The Office of the Chief Integrity Officer issues quarterly updates to our Strategic Plan that outline key projects and initiatives, as well as the timeline for completion. You can read the most recent quarterly report here. The Office also issues an Annual Report on inquiries received for each calendar year. We handled nearly triple the number of inquiries in 2016 when compared with 2015. Read the most recent Annual Report here.
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Election Season Notice for City Employees
With the November 7, 2017 general election fast approaching, it’s a good time to review the rules surrounding permissible and impermissible political activity. 

Political activity is any activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate, or partisan political group. City Charter Section 10-107 places restrictions on the political activity of City employees. The City Board of Ethics enforces and interprets these restrictions and has created Regulation No. 8 that provides helpful examples of how they apply to common situations.

While you can review highlights of the City’s political activity restrictions here, all City officials and employees should thoroughly read Regulation No. 8. Thank you for abiding by these requirements.

Questions?  Contact:  The City Board of Ethics online  or by phone at 215-686-9450,

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New Executive Order on Gifts Signed by Mayor
(Philadelphia, October 26, 2016) – Mayor Kenney today signed an executive order that expands and clarifies restrictions on gifts to City employees in the Executive Branch. Among key changes: specifying for the first time that gifts from registered lobbyists are prohibited.

“These changes represent an important step toward the ultimate goal: a comprehensive set of guidelines for thousands of City employees who regularly interface with the public,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “By making the ground rules for those interactions clear, we can ensure the public’s trust in their government.”

The Executive Order on Gifts dates from 1961 and was last updated five years ago. It applies to all those within the Executive Branch, including the Mayor. It complements, but is stricter than, the City’s 2014 Ordinance on gifts to city workers, which applies to all branches of government. For example, the Order explicitly states that gifts from prohibited sources, no matter what the value, cannot be accepted, whereas the Ordinance permits the receipt of gifts from prohibited sources up to $99 in value per year.

“The Executive Branch is where the operations of Philadelphia government are most centered; it is, quite literally, the front line of where City Hall meets its citizens,” said the Mayor’s Chief Integrity Officer, Ellen Mattleman Kaplan. “So it’s appropriate that the rules governing gifts to those workers be tough and be clear. These changes accomplish that.”

Highlights of the new order include:

For the first time, registered lobbyists are named as prohibited sources. Neither the existing order nor the City ordinance specifically mention lobbyists. Section 2a(2).
It sets a time frame for certain prohibited sources. The existing order describes several types of prohibited sources, including “A Person seeking to obtain business from, or who has financial relations with, the City.” But it does not specify a time frame for those classifications, and that proved confusing. The new Executive Order specifies a 12-month period prior to the prospective gift-giving under which those prohibitions would apply, with the exception of registered lobbyists, for whom no time limitation applies. 2a(1), 2a(2).
The Order creates a new “Gift to the City” category: Designated City employees can solicit contributions to further the City’s goals or initiatives. For example, solicitations for a fundraising campaign to benefit City libraries would be permitted. These are not considered gifts to the employee since the employee gets no private benefit. Such a gift would be permitted so long as no special treatment to the donor is promised or implied. Section 7a(4).
And it adds provisions covering gifts between employees, including superior-subordinate gifts. New language clarifies the circumstances under which an employee may give a gift to another employee (e.g., marriage, illness, retirement or a holiday on which the exchange of gifts is customary). Section 4.

The Executive Order takes effect immediately.

Here is a one-page summary of the main requirements of the Executive Order for City employees.
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IntegrityWorks December Newsletter!
Hot off the presses!  Read our December 2016 newsletter!
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November 2016 Political Activity Reminder for City Employees
With the November 8, 2016 election fast approaching, it’s a good time to review the rules surrounding permissible and impermissible political activity.  Review this helpful guide to learn more about what you can and cannot do as a City employee.  If you have questions or need advice, contact the Board of Ethics online or at 215-686-9450.
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Advisory Alert: Volunteering with the DNC Convention
On Monday, March 28, 2016, the Philadelphia Board of Ethics issued an advisory alert to provide guidance to City employees regarding volunteer opportunities with the Democratic National Convention, which will take place in Philadelphia in July 2016.  

City employees are permitted to engaged in certain volunteer opportunities with the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee related to the Democratic National Convention. To avoid issues under the City Charter's political activity restrictions, City employees must select the "City Volunteers" option and use access code DM16G when registering for volunteer opportunities with the Host Committee website.

Questions about the alert or proposed volunteer activities may be directed to the Board of Ethics at 215-686-9450 or on their website
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Mayor Kenney re-establishes the position of Chief Integrity Officer
On January 4, 2016, in one of his first acts, Mayor Jim Kenney signed Executive Order No. 02-16 re-establishing the position of Chief Integrity Officer.  

Read the full text of the Executive Order here.
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Hot off the Presses! The June 2016 IntegrityWorks Newsletter
Begin your summer reading by checking out the June 2016 IntegrityWorks Newsletter!  In this edition, you can meet the new Chief Integrity Officer, learn about volunteering with the Philadelphia 2016 DNC Host Committee, and get a refresher on the City's nepotism rules.
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Strategic Plan Issued by Office of the Chief Integrity Officer
The Office of the Chief Integrity Officer issued its Strategic Plan 2016-2017 on June 30, 2016.  In addition to the Strategic Plan, the Office also issued a quarterly update on project activity for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 as well as a mid-year report on the inquiries resolved by the Office.  You can find all these documents by visiting the Overview section of our website.
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Strategic Plan Quarterly Update - Quarter 3, FY15
On April 2, 2015, the Chief Integrity Officer released a quarterly update to its Strategic Plan for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2015. The update tracks the progress of the projects outlined in the Office's Strategic Plan. View the update.
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Integrity Week
The Office of the Chief Integrity Officer will be hosting the City's first Integrity Week from November 17-21, 2014.  The week's events will build awareness about ethics and integrity in City government.  With all activities open to City employees and some events also open to the public, there will be something for everyone! View the full schedule of events and more information about the public panel discussion.
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Integrity Week 2015! Event Schedule for November 16-20, 2015
Integrity Week is a week of events to build awareness about ethics and integrity in City government.  View a full schedule of events here and learn how you can get involved!
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Chief Integrity Officer & Inspector General Joint PhillyStat Presentation
On August 23, 2015, Chief Integrity Officer, Stephanie Tipton, and Inspector General, Amy Kurland, delivered a joint presentation at PhillyStat.  The two discussed the Executive Branch's Integrity Philosophy and how both offices collaborate to ensure City government operates with the highest levels of honesty and integrity.  You  can learn more by viewing the entire presentation.    
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Integrity Week Public Event: Turning The Lights on Dark Money - A Conversation with Dave Davies
November 18, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall, Rm. 202, Mayor's Reception Room.

This lively public discussion with WHYY Senior Reporter, Dave Davies, will explore the impact of the City’s campaign finance reforms on local elections.  With a special guest appearance by Dave’s Philly Politics 101 co-host, Patsy, the event is sure to be both informative and entertaining.  

View the event announcement.
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Integrity Week Videos Now Available!
Weren't able to attend Integrity Week this year?  Want to re-visit the fun?  Have no fear!  You can now access video from the Lunch & Learn Session with the State Ethics Commission as well as the panel discussion Moving From the "Corrupt and Contented" Label to a Model for Ethics Reform.
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Did you miss Integrity Week? No problem!
If you weren't able to make it to this year's Integrity Week events, we have you covered.  The Interactive Coffeehouse presentation and handouts are now available online. Also stay tuned for video from our public event Turning the Lights on Dark Money:  A Conversation with Dave Davies.  
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Strategic Plan Quarterly Update - Quarter 2, FY15
On January 2, 2015, the Chief Integrity Officer released a quarterly update to its Strategic Plan for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2015.  The update tracks the progress of the projects outlined in the Office's Strategic Plan.  View the update.  
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Follow the Chief Integrity Officer On Twitter!
Get all of the breaking ethics updates and news by following the Chief Integrity Officer on Twitter!
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Strategic Plan Quarterly Update - Quarter 4, FY15
On July 1, 2015, the Office issued the 4th Quarter update to its Strategic Plan for FY15, which provides updates on key projects and initiatives of the office.  View the update here.
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Annual Report on Inquiries Received by the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer for 2014
On January 2, 2015, the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer released an annual report on the inquiries received by the Office for the calendar year 2014.  View the report.  
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Strategic Plan
On June 20, 2014, the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer released its strategic plan, which lays out the Office's strategic goals and the priority projects to be completed by January 2016.  

Download the Strategic Plan.
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Open Contract Data
The new Open Contracts Data site provides data on the City’s contracts in a searchable format. Visit the website.
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Financial Disclosures
Financial Disclosure forms for elected officials, the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and their direct reports are now available online in a searchable format. more >>>
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