Ethics Commission
City and County of San Francisco

Filing Officer Duties

To fulfill their departmental filing officer duties for the financial disclosure (Form 700) requirements of the positions identified in Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sec. 3.1-100 to 3.1-510, department heads may delegate those tasks to a department staff person. The sections below provide step-by-step instructions regarding filing officer duties.

Filing Officer Duties: Annual

2020 Annual Form 700 due and Ethics and Sunshine Training Declaration Form due Monday, June 1 2020. Learn More.

1. Update your department contact information

2. Know Who Files

  • Review your department’s Conflict of Interest Code (click on the section for your department) to identify the positions that are required by law to file SEI Form 700s and their respective disclosure categories.
  • Note that per San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 3.1-102.5(c), members of City boards or commissions who fail to file Form 700 and/or the Ethics and Sunshine Ordinance Training declaration form by the applicable filing deadline will be disqualified from participating in or voting on matters listed on their boards’ and commissions’ meeting agendas until the filing requirements are met.

3. Distribute Information to Elected Officials, Board Members, Commissioners and Department Heads (by Monday, June 1 2020)

4. Distribute Information to Designated Employees (by Monday, June 1 2020)

5. Collect and Retain Completed Forms

  • Assist filers with questions regarding filing requirements. For individual assistance request filers to contact the Ethics Commission.
  • Collect and retain filings from the designated employees.

6. Submit Certification of Delivery

  • Submit Certification of Delivery by Wednesday, March 16 2020 to the Ethics Commission to confirm that you have notified filers of their SEI-related filing obligations.

7. Submit Filing Officer Report

  • Submit a Filing Officer Report to the Ethics Commission to certify that your department has completed the filing requirements or provide contact information of designated filers who did not file by the June 1 2020 deadline. This report is normally due on April 10 each year after the April 1 Form 700 filing deadline. Due to the extension of the Form 700 filing deadline this year to June 1, 2020, this deadline has been updated to June 11, 2020. 
    Note: It is important to remind your filers that there is no provision in state law to extend the deadlines. Learn more about Late Filing and Enforcement.

Filing Officer Duties: Year-Round

Filing officers have the following departmental responsibilities to ensure that filers assuming office or leaving office meet the filing requirements.

Assuming Office Checklist

Leaving Office Checklist

  • Submit the Notice of Resignation to the Ethics Commission for a filer leaving office (only for elected officials, board members, commissioners and department heads).
  • Request the filer to file FPPC Form 700 within 30 days of leaving office (in NetFile or hard copy depending on the filer).
  • Notify Ethics Commission of late filers and non-filers.

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