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In this issue:

  • Financial Disclosure Statements
  • Political Activity
  • Ethics Training Update

Financial Disclosure Statements
Pursuant to IC 4-2-6-8, certain persons in state government are required to file financial disclosures with the Office of Inspector General. This includes all state officers and candidates for these offices; the appointing authority of an agency; the director of each division of the department of administration; any purchasing agent within the procurement division of the department of administration; any agency employee, special state appointee, former agency employee, or former special state appointee with final purchasing authority; and any employee required to do so by rule adopted by the Inspector General. To help clarify, persons who have “final purchasing authority” are those who 1) are designated by the Indiana Department of Administration and their agency to be the Procurement Agent for an agency or 2) are a Special Disbursing Officer if the Officer is an individual other than an agency’s procurement officer as approved by IC 4-13-2-20(d). The requirements for these financial disclosures are set forth in the remainder of IC 4-2-6-8 and must be submitted to the OIG no later than February 1 of each calendar year. You will find more on Financial Disclosure Statements—including an electronic version to submit online—on our website at www.in.gov/ig/2331.htm.

Political Activity
With several notable public offices up for election in 2008, it is important to be cognizant of what the Political Activity rule (42 IAC 1-5-4) does and does not allow. This rule prohibits state employees from engaging in any political activity including soliciting political contributions, when on duty or acting in an official capacity. When not on duty, employees may engage in any political activity they so choose with the exception that they can never solicit political contributions at any time from persons they know to have a business relationship with their state agency or those employees they directly supervise. Additionally, agency appointing authorities and all employees with purchasing or procurement authority may only solicit political contributions for purposes of their own candidacy. You may find it worthwhile to review the examples and past opinions issued by the State Ethics Commission on this matter at www.in.gov/ig/2336.htm.

Ethics Training Update
The OIG is pleased to report that, in conjunction with the efforts of SPD, IOT, IDEM, OFBCI, INDOT, the Port Commission and the Governor’s Office, nearly 5,500 state officers, employees and special state appointees have complete ethics training over the last couple months. The schedule for 2008 is being finalized, and our office will be in contact with each of you, as Ethics Officers, as the training date for your agency approaches.

For More Information

The Ethics Code
www.in.gov/ig/2336.htm

Seeking Advice
www.in.gov/ig/2334.htm

Filing A Complaint
www.in.gov/ig/2330.htm

Recent Advisory Opinions

Upcoming Meetings

February 14, 10:00AM
March 13, 10:00AM
April 10, 10:00AM
May 8, 10:00AM

Legislative Ethics Questions

Senate Ethics Committee:
317.232.9808

House Statutory Committee on Ethics: 800.382.9842

Judiciary Ethics Questions

Disciplinary Commission: 317.232.1807
This is a product of the Office of Inspector General and State Ethics Commission.
150 West Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317.232.3850