Conflict of Interest

The Department of Consumer Affairs will make and retain a copy of the statements from members of the boards, commission, committees and subcommittees and make them available for public inspection. It will forward the original statement to the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Following are links to related forms, detailed information and resources:

Fundamentally, the requirement is that public officials perform their duties in an impartial manner, free from bias caused by their own financial interests or the financial interests of persons who have supported them. However, the law in this area is complex and the circumstances of potential conflict of interest situations can vary.

Assuming Office and Initial Statements
Filer Deadline
Elected officials 30 days after assuming office
Appointed positions specified in Gov. Code section 87200 (listed in Appendix-1)
or
Newly created board and commission members not covered by a conflict-of-interest code
30 days after assuming office
or
10 days after appointment or nomination if subject to Senate or judicial confirmation
Other appointed positions (including newly-hired employees) designated in a conflict-of-interest code 30 days after assuming office (30 days after appointment or nomination if subject to Senate confirmation)
Positions newly added to a new or amended conflict-of-interest code 30 days after the effective date of the code or code amendment

 

Annual Statements

Due April 1 of each year. The deadline is extended to the next business day if the date falls on a weekend.

Exception: If you assumed office between October 1, 2006, and December 31, 2006, and filed an assuming office statement, you are not required to file an annual statement until April 1, 2008. The annual statement will cover the day after you assumed office through December 31, 2006.

Leaving Office Statements

Leaving office statements must be filed no later than 30 days after leaving the office or position. If you have questions about conflict of interest laws, restrictions and filing requirements, contact:

  • Michael Santiago, Department of Consumer Affairs Ethics Officer: (916) 574-8220

Board members can contact the Filing Officer/Official in the Office of Human Resources for copies of required forms and schedules and for information regarding filing of the Form 700. Contact:

  • David Test, Office of Human Resources: (916) 574-8367

Information can also be obtained by contacting:

  • Fair Political Practices Commission: (916) 322-5660 or toll-free at 1-866-ASK-FPPC (1-866-275-3772)
    428 J Street, Suite 620
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  • California Department of Consumer Affairs: (916) 574-8300, fax: (916) 574-8608
    Office of Human Resources
    1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 321
    Sacramento, CA 95834

    Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.