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EDUCATION > Information for SEI Filers

Statements of Economic Interests

Frequently Asked Questions



Who is required to file Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs)?

If your agency’s conflict of interests (COI) code identifies your position as one that participates in making governmental decisions, you are a designated filer who is required by the law to file SEIs.

What is the purpose of filing SEIs?

Financial disclosure serves two important purposes. First, it helps you monitor your financial interests and avoid conflicts when those interests might be affected by government decisions. Second, it helps assure the public that, as decision makers, we are taking steps to avoid conflicts of interests. For these reasons, complete and timely SEI filings are one of the cornerstones of open and accountable City government.

What do I need to file, and when do I need to file it?

The contents of your filing and its filing deadline depend on which type of SEI you are filing. Please see the table below for information on the different types of SEIs that are filed.




Type of Statement
Who Files It?
What Form is Used?
Period Covered
Deadline to File Statement

Pre-Confirmation

Individuals who are appointed or reappointed to a position subject to City Council approval.
Form 700 &
Form 60
12 months prior to appointment or reappointment.
Within 21 days of appointment or reappointment.
Assuming Office
Individuals who assume a position listed on Schedule A of a City agency Conflict of Interests (COI) Code or who assume a newly created position that makes or participates in the making of governmental decisions.
- Form 700 for all regular designated filers.

- Form 700 & Form 60 for elected officials, agency heads, and board and commission members.*
12 months prior to starting in the designated position.
Within 30 days of starting in the designated position.

Annual

Individuals who hold a position listed on Schedule A of a City agency Conflict of Interests (COI) Code or who assume a newly created position that makes or participates in the making of governmental decisions.

Individuals who assumed office on or after October 1, 2015 are not required to file a 2016 annual.
- Form 700 for all regular designated filers.

- Form 700 & Form 60 for elected officials, agency heads, and board and commission members.*
January 1st - December 31st of previous calendar year

OR

If you assumed office in the previous year, the date you started through December 31st.
Every year on April 1st.
Leaving Office
Filers who leave their agency or who transfer to a non-designated position in their agency.
- Form 700 for all regular designated filers.

- Form 700 & Form 60 for elected officials, agency heads, and board and commission members.*
Any time period not covered by your last annual statement, up to the day you leave your designated position.
Within 30 days of leaving a designated position.

*HACLA, WIB, and IDA officials are not required to file the Form 60.



How do I know what to disclose on my Form 700?

To know what financial interests to disclose, you must review your position’s assigned disclosure category. Based on your position’s level and type of decision-making authority, your disclosure category specifies the types of financial interests that must be reported on your Form 700.

To find your disclosure category, first locate your position title and its corresponding category number on the Designated Positions section of your agency’s conflict of interests (COI) code. Then use the number to locate your disclosure category on the Disclosure Categories (Schedule B) section of the COI code.

You may also find it helpful to review the Form 700’s Reference Pamphlet. It contains definitions and examples of commonly reported financial interests.

How do I file my SEI?

You can now file your Form 700 and Form 60 electronically using eDisclosure! The City’s electronic filing system has several features that will streamline and improve your filing experience.

eDisclosure will:

  • Send you automatic filing reminders;
  • Tell you what filing your are required to complete;
  • Auto-fill your Form 700 and Form 60 cover page;
  • Provide instant feedback about errors; and
  • Store your information for your next required filing.

Watch this online Online Tutorial to learn more about eDisclosure. Contact your agency’s ethics liaison for a login ID and password.



What happens if I don’t file my SEI?

Late filing penalties of $10 per day (up to $100) for the Form 700 and $25 per day (up to $500) for the Form 60 will be assessed. In addition, administrative penalties of up to $5,000 can apply per violation.

What if I don’t want to file my forms electronically through eDisclosure?

You are still permitted to file an original paper Form 700 and Form 60 with your agency’s ethics liaison. Please follow the applicable instructions below when filing paper forms.

Paper Filing Materials

*Excluding IDA, HACLA, and WIB officials.

 

 
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