Generally, members of boards and commissions are required to file a financial disclosure form within 30 days of appointment and thereafter annually by April 30th, and within 60 days of concluding their service. The forms disclose employment or interests that are related to the conflict of interest provisions of the Public Ethics Law, including places of employment and business ownership. The financial disclosure requirements for members of part-time boards and commissions are less detailed than the requirements applied to regular State employees and officials. However, part-time members of boards or commissions who are compensated for their service at a level of 25% or more of the compensation of a State Grade 16 employee are required to file more extensive disclosure. Please contact the Commission’s Office if you have any questions regarding which form to complete.
The Commission’s Electronic Financial Disclosure Filing System facilitates filing by walking you through the process. The system will simplify subsequent filings by calling up the previously-filed form, allowing you to limit your work to those changes that have occurred since the previous filing.
As a result of legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2014, paper filing is no longer available. All Financial Disclosure Statements must be submitted electronically, except in very limited circumstances, as discussed below.
1) A filer whose most recent filing was submitted on paper is “grandfathered”, and may continue to file on paper. New filers and previous filers who did not file their most recent statements on paper do not qualify for this exception.
2) A filer who can demonstrate a hardship that precludes filing electronically (e.g. no reasonable access to a computer or a physical disability that precludes electronic filing) may submit a request to the Commission to be granted an exemption allowing him/her to file on paper. Note here that executive branch employees, legislators and legislative branch employees are presumed to have access to a computer and would not qualify for a hardship exemption on that basis.
Individuals who qualify to file on paper under paragraph (1), above, and who wish to do so, must request a paper form from the Commission. Individuals who believe they qualify for a hardship exemption under paragraph (2) must obtain an exemption request form (form #27), from the Commission. The decision whether or not to grant a hardship exemption rests with the Executive Director.
Amendments to Financial Disclosure Statements
If you discover an error or omission in a previously remitted Financial Disclosure Statement, you need to file an amendment to correct the issue.