What is a conflict of interest?

A conflict of interest exists when an county elected official county officer or employee knowingly acquires, solicits, negotiates for, or accepts any interest, employment or anything of value which would put them in violation of the Orange County Ethics Law, including but not limited to solicitation of employment for themselves, their spouse, a child, member of household of any county contractor if that individual has discretion to award a contract to such contractor or has the authority to appropriate money for such specific contract.

Whether a conflict of interest exists under particular facts (or with respect to a particular employee) can best be ascertained by seeking an Advisory Opinion, in advance of engaging in the questioned conduct, from the Board of Ethics.

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1. What is the Board of Ethics?
2. What are the requirements to be a board member?
3. Who are the current members of the Board?
4. Are the Board meetings open to the public?
5. Who can report a violation of the Ethics and Disclosure Local Law?
6. How do I report a violation or inquiry to the Board of Ethics?
7. Will my inquiry/report of violation be kept confidential?
8. What is a gift or “financial benefit”?
9. What is confidential information and can county employees and officers disclose such information?
10. What is a conflict of interest?
11. May County employees and officers seek or accept private employment?
12. What do I do if I am not sure if working a part time job creates a conflict or impairs the proper discharge of my official duties?
13. Are there restrictions on future employment?
14. Are there any exceptions to this rule?
15. What are the penalties for violating the Ethics and Disclosure Local Law Ethics?
16. Who must file a Financial Disclosure Statement?
17. Where can I find a Financial Disclosure Statement form?
18. When do I need to file?
19. Where do I send my Financial Disclosure Statement?
20. Will there be any training?
21. Is my Financial Disclosure Statement subject to the Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL)?