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Info for Ethics Officers

Centralized resource to assist Ethics Officers in the performance of their duties

Statewide Ethics Training Application | Phase 2 Information

Phase 2 of the Statewide Ethics Training Application ('SETA') is now available

What to expect:
  • Beginning on June 13th, existing Agency Users will transition away from reporting agency-wide monthly training totals and instead report training information for each individual employee.
  • The ability to submit monthly aggregate training statistics will be temporarily suspended to allow agency users time to review their agency employee information.
  • System-generated monthly training reminders and overdue notices will also be temporarily halted. 

 

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Overview

Ethics Training is for Everyone...

Ethics Officers provide a critical function in assisting the thousands of State officers and employees in navigating the State's ethics laws.  The Public Officers Law and the Commission's ethics regulations create legal obligations for both agencies and their officers and employees. For this reason, each agency should designate an Ethics Officer to provide guidance to these individuals on compliance with the ethics laws.

In addition, the Ethics Officer is responsible for ensuring that both the agency and its personnel comply with the legal obligations related to the following subjects:

• Requirements for Financial Disclosure Statement Filers (“FDS Filers”)

• Mandatory Ethics Training

• Approvals for Outside Activities

• Approvals for Honoraria

• Approvals for Official Activity Expense Payments

• Acceptance of Gifts (including Widely Attended Event)

 

The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government is available as a resource to assist you in providing guidance to your agency on the ethics laws and regulations. We encourage you to contact us with questions or for confidential guidance on a specific matter.

Agency Specific Trainings

We provide the trainers – you provide the administrative support!

Agency Ethics Officers and agency Trainers can reserve an agency-specific training session with the COELIG Training Team.  Reserve a data and time using our Google booking platform. 
  • Agencies with SLMS – will utilize SLMS to enroll their own employees
  • Agencies without SLMS – will utilize their existing system to facilitate scheduling and enrollment.
 

 

 

Train-the-Trainer Resources

Agency Ethics Officers and trainers may request access to the COELIG Ethics Training SharePoint site to download our updated training materials.  Due to the file sizes of the materials, we are no longer able to post these materials on our website.

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Request sharepoint access

Statewide Ethics Training Schedule

 

 

 

 

On Demand CETC
Live CETC
Ethics Refresher

New Employees 

Complete the on-demand CETC or live CETC within 90 days*

Attend a live CETC on or before December 31, 2024

Complete Refresher Training on or before December 31, 2025**

Existing FDS Filers who have completed a live CETC or live Ethics Seminar in 2022 or 2023

The on-demand CETC satisfies the Ethics Refresher Requirement for FDS Filers and non-FDS state employees that have already attended a LIVE CETC course. 

 

If live CETC taken in 2022 – Ethics Refresher required on or before December 31, 2023**

If live CETC taken in 2023 – Ethics Refresher required on or before December 31, 2024**

Existing FDS and Non-FDS Employees who have not received any ethics training

Complete the on-demand CETC or live CETC within 90 days or before December 31, 2023

Attend a live CETC on or before December 31, 2024

Complete Refresher Training on or before December 31, 2025**

Ethics Forum | Statewide Training Initiative

Forum topics: 

  • Statutory changes regarding annual ethics training 

  • COELIG Agency-specific training sessions

  • Redesigned CETC and updated training materials 

  • Updates on the monthly training reporting application

 

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Video: Ethics Forum held on December 4, 2023 on the Statewide Training Initiative

Ethics Forum FAQs

Ethics Officer Reference Materials

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    Responsibilities of the Agency Ethics Officer

    The Public Officers Law and Commission's ethics regulations create legal obligations for both agencies and their officers and employees. For this reason, each agency should designate an Ethics Officer to provide guidance to these individuals on compliance with the ethics laws.  This publication provides an overview of the role that Ethics Officers serve in that capacity.   

    Revised August 2022

     

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Publications for Employees

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    Guide to Leaving State Service

    Quick reference guide to the restrictions and prohibitions that apply to State Officers and Employees that leave State service. General information on the 'Two Year Bar' and 'Lifetime Bar' are provided.  For more detailed information, refer to the comprehensive 'Post-Employment Restrictions' plain language guide.

    Revised 8/15/2022

     

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    Public Officers Law handbook for State Employees and Officials

    This handbook contains in its entirety a comprehensive list of the State's ethics laws that apply to State officers and employees.  Includes sections 73, 73-a, 74, 75, 76, 77 and 78 of the Public Officers Law which are required to those employees who must complete the Public Officers Law Section 78 Public Officer Oath/Affirmation provided by the New York Department of State. 

    For best results when printing, select double-sided and 'Fit' in the 'Page Sizing & Handling' menu item.  

    Revised 8/31/2022

     

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FDS System Instructions and FAQs

Video from Ethics Forum on January 13, 2022

FDS Instructional Material

Contact The Education Team

Contact the COELIG Education Team for information regarding the mandatory ethics training requirements for State employees, and Lobbyists and Clients. 

Contact us by phone:

Direct Line 518-474-1382

Contact us by email:

Mailing Address:

New York State 

Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government

540 Broadway

Albany, New York 12207