Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco


Last Updated September 22, 2020

Beginning with the development of the Ethics Commission’s budget for Fiscal Year 2017, the Ethics Commission has strategically focused its annual operating budget on leveraging all available resources to strengthen its operational capacity, improve its operations, and broaden the impact of it programs. Each February, City departments are required to submit an annual budget proposal to the Mayor’s Office for the coming fiscal year that runs from the following July 1 through June 30 of the next calendar year. Following action by the Mayor to propose a budget for the City and subsequent action by the Board of Supervisors to adopt a City budget, the City’s new fiscal year begins on July 1.

In 2020, the emergence of the COVID-19 virus introduced significant uncertainty into the City’s processes for budgetary decision making. On February 25, a Proclamation Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency was issued by the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors concurred in that Emergency Declaration on March 3. The first Shelter in Place Public Health Order was issued by the County Health Officer on March 16.

Due to the City’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and continuing healthcare and financial impacts in the City, in late March 2020 the Mayor announced a revised budget season and issued new budget instructions to all City departments requiring revised budgets for Fiscal Year 2021 to be submitted by June 12. On July 31, the Mayor released a proposed Citywide budget for FY2020-21 and FY2021-22. The Board of Supervisors began its consideration of the Mayor’s proposed budget on August 12, 2020 with departmental hearings before the Budget and Appropriations Committee. The full Board of Supervisors took up the proposed budget on September 14, 2020, and scheduled a first reading of the budget on September 22, with final passage expected on September 29 in order for a final budget to be adopted by October 1, 2020.

Detailed background on the Ethics Commission’s recent budget proposals is available at the following links:

New – Staff Report on Proposed FY21 Ethics Commission Operating Budget, September 11, 2020

Ethics Commission Presentation to the Budget and Appropriation Committee, August 12, 2020

Staff Report on FY21 Ethics Commission Budget as Proposed by the Mayor’s Office, dated August 10, 2020

ETH Chair Ambrose Letter July 21 2020
Staff Report to the Ethics Commission on Revised FY21 Budget Submitted June 12, 2020 in Wake of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (July 2, 2020)

Ethics Commission FY21 budget letter and transmittal
Ethics Commission FY21 budget overview

Ethics Commission FY20 budget letter and transmittal
FY20 Overview at Board of Supervisors Hearing

Ethics Commission FY19 budget letter and transmittal
FY19 Overview at Board of Supervisors Hearing

Ethics Commission FY18 budget letter and transmittal
FY18 Overview at Budget & Finance Hearing

Ethics Commission FY17 budget letter and transmittal
FY17 Overview at Board of Supervisors Budget Committee

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