In some circumstances, a gift might be considered a “gift to the City,” rather than to you personally. This usually applies to invitations to conferences or receptions, rather than tangible items. If accepting a gift or attending an event would benefit the City more than the invitee, it may not violate the gift prohibition.
If an employee or official is invited to an otherwise prohibited event, the agency or department head (or their designee) must decide if the invitee is the logical person to represent the City at the event. The approving official must provide written approval. The approval must include:
- The date that the invitation was received.
- The nature of the gift.
- Why the City should be represented at the event.
- Why the invitee is the appropriate City employee to attend.
The approving official should consider:
- Whether the event is related to the City employee’s official duties or expertise.
- If the employee will receive training or information to help perform their job better.
- Whether there are unnecessary or lavish benefits unrelated to the governmental purpose.
If you have any questions, email the Chief Integrity Officer at email@example.com or call (215) 686-2178 or (215) 686-2120.
If you work outside of the Mayor’s jurisdiction and have any questions, seek advice from the Board of Ethics by calling (215) 686-9450 or emailing BOEGCStaff@phila.gov.
If anyone offers you a gift or invitation that appears intended as a bribe, promptly email the Office of the Inspector General at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 686-1770.
In some cases, you may be required to disclose a gift as part of your financial disclosure obligations as a City official or employee. Review the FAQ section on financial disclosures to learn more.