The Public Ethics Law requires new financial disclosure filers to receive two (2) hours of Ethics training within six (6) months of being required to file. The training covers all areas of the Public Ethics Law but focuses mainly on conflicts of interest and standards of conduct. Failure to complete the mandatory training requirement may result in referral of the matter to the agency head for disciplinary action as that authority deems appropriate. Additionally, the State Ethics Commission may publish on its web site the names of those individuals who have not completed the mandatory training.
Note that the Commission has recently launched its new online training, which can be accessed from your financial disclosure account: https://efds.ethics.maryland.gov
The online system has been unavailable for an extended period of time while the new system was going through the development stages. In recognition of this fact, the Commission will work with those who are unable to satisfy the requirement in a timely fashion because of the transition to the new online training program. If you have not completed the training within the prescribed 6 month time period, contact the Commission for guidance.
If you prefer, the Commission offers training classes throughout the year. If you are interested in attending a class please reserve a seat in an upcoming class by completing a registration form and faxing it to the Commission at 410-260-7746.