Appointing Authorities & Filing Liaisons

Elected officials, department heads, board members and commissioners are required to file the Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) and complete Ethics & Sunshine Training with the Ethics Commission electronically within 30 days after assuming office, annually, and within 30 days of leaving office. The following sections provide information for Appointing Authorities and Filing Liaisons regarding notice requirements, e-file account set-up, and support.

Form 700 Resources

Forms
Notices & Memoranda

Onboarding Process

Step 1: Notice of Appointment / Reappointment

Filed by Appointing Authority or designee
  • Per SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code (C&GCC) Sec. 3.1-105, every appointing authority whose appointees file Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) with the Ethics Commission must provide written notice to the Ethics Commission of the name of the appointee who has assumed office or employment within 15 days of the City officer or employee assuming office or employment.
  • Correspondingly, whenever the Mayor or a board or commission appoints a department head, the official or the secretary to the board or commission who makes the appointment must inform the Ethics Commission of the appointment within 15 days of the department head’s assuming office date.
  • Please note that the date that a person “assumes office or employment” is the date that a person is sworn in, or begins to perform the duties of the position, whereas the date of appointment or nomination to an office is the date the appointment or nomination is submitted to the confirming body.

E-File: SFEC Form NAR – Notice of Appointment or Reappointment

Step 2: Filer Electronic Account Set-up

Initiated by Ethics Commission staff; completed by Department Filing Liaison/Officer
  • Upon receipt of a Notice of Appointment and Reappointment, Ethics Commission staff will initiate and send SFEC Form 700 FEAS – Filer Electronic Account Set-up Form via DocuSign to the department’s designated filing liaison for completion in DocuSign.
  • Please ensure that the filer’s business address, phone number, and permanent e-mail address are included on the form. The filer’s contact information (excluding alternate email address) will be available to anyone viewing filed Form 700 statements at the Ethics Commission office but will be redacted in the Form 700 online database.

Step 3: NetFile Account Setup

  • The Ethics Commission will create a NetFile account for the filer using the information provided by the department filing liaison/officer. If you have questions about linking multiple E-filing accounts for other reporting requirements (such as Campaign or Lobbyist filings) see the section below.
  • The filer will receive email notifications from NetFile regarding account information and password. Please follow the instructions in the emails to setup your account.
  • The Ethics Commission will contact the filer by email with filing requirements and instructions.
  • Please allow five business days to receive notifications.

Offboarding Process

Step 1: Notice of Resignation / Leaving Office

Filed by Appointing Authority or designee
  • Per C&GCC Sec. 3.1-105, every appointing authority whose appointees file Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) with the Ethics Commission must provide written notice to the Ethics Commission of the name of the appointee who has left office or employment within 15 days of the City officer leaving office or employment.
  • Correspondingly, whenever the Mayor or a board or commission receives the resignation or retirement notice from a department head, the official or the secretary to the board or commission who receives the resignation or retirement notice must inform the Ethics Commission of the resignation or retirement within 15 days of the department head’s departure from office.
  • Please note that the date that a person “leaves office or employment” is the date that the person is no longer authorized to perform the duties of the office, and stops performing those duties.
  • The Ethics Commission will contact the filer by email with filing requirements and instructions.

E-File: SFEC Form NRLO – Notice of Resignation / Leaving Office

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Support

To support requests and questions and better serve departmental filing officers and filers, the Ethics Commission has established a dedicated Form 700 Support Portal. By using this portal, every support request is assigned a unique ticket number, which can be used to track the progress of a request online.

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