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Post-Employment and Post-Service Restrictions


  • Under section 3.234(a)(1) of the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code, no former officer or employee of the City and County of San Francisco may make communications before any court or public agency in connection with any particular matter in which the City is a party or has a direct and substantial interest, in which the former officer or employee participated personally and substantially, and which involved specific parties at the time of such participation.
  • Under section 3.234(a)(2), no current or former officer or employee may, for one year after termination of service or employment, communicate with his or her former department to influence a government decision on behalf of any other person.
  • Under section 3.234(a)(3), no current or former officer or employee may be employed by or otherwise receive compensation from a person or entity that entered into a contract with the city within the past 12 months where the officer or employee personally and substantially participated in the award of the contract.


At the request of a current or former City employee or officer, the Ethics Commission may waive:

  • Any of the restrictions in subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) if the Commission determines that granting a waiver would not create the potential for undue influence or unfair advantage.
  • Any of the restrictions in Subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) for members of City boards and commissions who, by law, must be appointed to represent any profession, trade, business union or association.
  • The prohibition in subsection (a)(3) if the Commission determines that imposing the restriction would cause extreme hardship for the City officer or employee.

The Ethics Commission may adopted regulations implementing these waiver provisions.



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