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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

This page contains answers to common questions about integrity and ethics in City government.

Topics include:

Gifts, gratuities, and honoraria

If someone offers me a gift, meal, or invitation, can I accept it?

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What if someone sends concert tickets to my office?

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What if someone sends flowers to my office?

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I’ve been asked to present at a conference. The event hosts have offered to pay for my attendance and travel expenses. What do I do?

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Can I accept a tip for my good work?

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Can I accept an honorarium to speak in my official capacity?

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May I accept an award from an organization that has contracts with my department?

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Conflicts of interest

Is it a problem if either I or a family member has a financial interest in a decision that I must make at work?

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What should I do if I, as a City employee, have a conflict of interest?

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Can I take part in a community or charitable organization as an unpaid volunteer that has a matter before the City?

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Contracting

Can I listen to a pitch from a company or person that wants to sell a product or service to the City?

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Outside and post-employment

Can I get a second job outside of City employment?

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Can I speak with firms who do business with the City about possible future employment?

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Are there any restrictions on my post-City employment?

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Financial disclosures

Who needs to file annual financial disclosure forms?

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Why do I have to file annual financial disclosure forms?

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Can I view financial disclosure forms submitted by City employees and officials?

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Vendor information

How can I find out about contracting opportunities with the City?

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Can I pitch my company’s product or service to the City?

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How can I express appreciation for a City employee’s work?

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Can I invite an administration official to an event that my company or organization is sponsoring?

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What should I do if a City official or employee, a City contractor, or someone else, is suggesting that I have to provide a political contribution or other benefit (gift, service, money, etc.) to do business with or get a service from the City?

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