Executive Director’s Report – June 6, 2022

To: Members of the Ethics Commission
From: LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director
Subject: Agenda Item 5 – Executive Director Report for June 2022

Summary and Action Requested

This report provides various programmatic and operational highlights since the last Executive Director’s

Report. No action is required by the Commission, as this item is for informational purposes only.

FY23-24 Budget Update

The Mayor issued her proposed City budget on June 1. As previously reported, the Mayor’s budget instructions did not ask Departments to meet any budget reduction targets this year owing to the City’s $100+ million budget surplus, however Departments were asked to continue providing services within existing budget levels.

As detailed in our Ethics Commission budget proposal submitted to the Mayor’s Office in February, the Commission’s proposed operating budget for FY23 totaled $7.6 million. The table below summarizes these proposals and identifies whether they were included or rejected in the Mayor’s June 1 budget.

Ethics Commission FY23-24 RequestsMayor’s June Budget
Four new position authorities to establish dedicated staffing resources for public engagement; strengthened compliance assistance and audit oversight; and direct support for operations of the five-member Ethics Commission:
  •  Civic and Community Engagement Specialist

Policy Division – Job Classification 1823

Rejected.
  • Policy Implementation Specialist (community engagement focus)

Engagement & Compliance Division – Job Classification 1823

Rejected.
  • Senior Auditor

Audit Division – Job Classification 1823

Rejected.
  • Commission Secretary

Job Classification 1454

Included.
Continued funding for two existing positions that expire at the start of FY24.Rejected.
Reclassification of three existing position authorities to better align them with nature and level of work required of those positions.Included.
Non-Position Related Services for software licenses, systems consulting, and materials and supplies.Included.
Services of Other Departments

  • Department of Technology (software services)
  • Office of Contract Administration (contracting services)
Partially included.

Included.

The Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Appropriations Committee will hear the Ethics Commission’s budget on June 15. To date, the Committee’s discussions with departments have included topics specific to public engagement communications and outreach activities – including how community feedback is received, tracked, and incorporated into the department’s work – and whether departments have dedicated staff responsible for communicating with the public, advertising their work and services, and soliciting and receiving resident feedback. As we turn to these discussions and to finalizing the Commission’s FY23 budget, Staff will continue to seek the range of resources that will best enable the Commission to fulfill its expectations for all of our public facing work through heightened public engagement in the coming year.

Staff News and Hiring Updates

We continue to review candidates for the Ethics@Work program team and are working to complete the hiring process this month.  We are also in the candidate review phase for the Senior Investigator/Legal Analyst position in the Enforcement Division.

Revenues Report

The table below reflects revenues received by the Commission for Fiscal Year 2022 as of June 6, 2022.

Account DescriptionFY21-22 Original BudgetFY21-22 Actuals as of 6/6/2022
Other General$2,450$500
Campaign Disclosure Fines$50,000$15,331
Lobby Fines$2,000$8,800
Campaign Consultant Fines$2,000$3,000
Economic Interest Fines$1,250$170
Other Ethics Fines$7,500$34,067
Lobbyist Registration Fee$85,000$123,000
Campaign Consultant Registration Fee$7,000$11,050
Total$157,200$195,918

I look forward to answering any questions you may have at the upcoming Commission meeting.

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