Date: March 22, 2017
To: Members of the Ethics Commission
From: LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director
Subject: AGENDA ITEM 9 – Executive Director’s Report for the March 27, 2017 Commission Meeting
This report provides various programmatic and operational highlights to date since the last monthly Executive Director’s Report.
No action is required by the Commission, as this item is for informational purposes only.
Chair Peter Keane and I are meeting with Supervisor Safai and Supervisor Fewer on March 23rd about how our offices can work together in support of good governance in the City and County of San Francisco. We hope to meet with the other two new members of the Board of Supervisors in the coming weeks.
Policy and Legislative Developments
Annual Policy Plan
The Commission’s Annual Policy Plan updated for the month of March appears at Attachment 1. While a number of policy-discussions have been pushed back by one to two months due to ongoing staffing constraints in our enforcement and policy divisions, we anticipate that will be alleviated as our staff vacancies are filled in the coming months.
Pending Legislation: Whistleblower Protection Ordinance Strengthening Amendments (BOS File No. 160689-Breed)
As reported last month, amendments proposed by the Ethics Commission to the City’s Whistleblower Protection Ordinance (“WPO”) are being sponsored by Supervisor Breed. The provisions have been the focus of additional discussions among our office, the Controller’s Office which administers the Whistleblower hotline, and the Department of Human Resources since late last summer. With a focus on ensuring strong Whistleblower retaliation protections that support an effective Whistleblower reporting program and that can be most effectively implemented, several additional amendments were suggested. One of the proposals is mandatory training of new employees and city supervisors to help ensure complaints that allege whistleblower retaliation are recognized and handled appropriately. Following an in-depth discussion with represented employee organizations about the WPO on March 13, the employee organizations have requested to meet and confer over the proposed mandatory training requirement for supervisors. The Labor Relations team from the Department of Human Resources will be scheduling that meeting.
As shown in Table 1, we continue to make progress on various recruitments underway for our vacant staff positions. We are hopeful that the first of our new investigators could be on board by the end of April.
|Working Title and Division||Status||Type||Job Class Title/No|
|Investigator/Legal Analyst (Enforcement & Legal Affairs)||Interview phase||New/non-exempt||Senior Admin. Analyst, 1823|
|Investigator/Legal Analyst (Enforcement & Legal Affairs)||Interview Phase||New/non-exempt||Senior Admin. Analyst, 1823|
|Investigator/Legal Analyst (Enforcement & Legal Affairs)||Interview Phase||Vacancy/non-exempt||Senior Admin. Analyst, 1823|
|Investigative Analyst (Enforcement & Legal Affairs)||Exam Phase||New/non-exempt||Admin. Analyst, 1822|
|Policy Analyst (Policy)||Exam Phase||New/non-exempt||Admin. Analyst, 1822|
|Auditor (Operations & Audits)||Request to fill submitted||Vacancy/non-exempt||Admin. Analyst, 1822|
|Education & Compliance Officer (Ed & Compliance)||Request to fill pending||Vacancy/exempt||Senior Management Assistant, 1844|
Table 2 shows the revenues received by the Commission during the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2016, as of March 15, 2017.
Table 2- Summary of FY 2016-17 Revenues as of February 15, 2017
|Source||Budgeted Amount||FY 16-17 Receipts as of Feb. 15, 2017|
|Lobbyist Registration Fees||$85,000||$86,864|
|Campaign Consultants Fees||$10,000||$20,963|
|Contact Lobbyist and Other e.g., copies made by public||$4,850||$917|
|Statement of Economic Interests Filings-Late Fees||$1,500||$300|
|Campaign Consultant Fines||$1,000||$600|
|Campaign Finance Fines||$23,000||$26,534|
|Ethics, Other/ Administrative Fines Levied by that Commission||$7,500||$29,490|
I look forward to answering any questions about this report at the upcoming Commission meeting.