senate Bill S7375

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the ethical standards for state agency contractors act

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May 14, 2014 referred to finance

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S7375 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9692
Current Committee:
Law Section:
State Finance Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง148, St Fin L

S7375 - Summary

Establishes the ethical standards for state agency contractors act.

S7375 - Sponsor Memo

S7375 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7375

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 14, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. DeFRANCISCO -- (at request of the State Comptroller)
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the state finance law, in relation to  establishing  the
  ethical standards for state agency contractors act

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature finds that
to a great  extent,  state  agencies  and  public  authorities  rely  on
contractors  to  help  accomplish  a  broad array of complex, inherently
governmental and mission-critical functions.  State agencies and  public
authorities contract for services that involve the contractors' exercise
of  judgment,  providing operational and policy advice to state officers
and employees, overseeing  other  contractors  and,  at  times,  working
alongside state officers and employees on the same projects. This inter-
mingling  of public and private workforce reveals a need to address what
processes are in place to ensure the integrity of government  operations
and maintain public confidence.
  While  a majority of contractors deliver services with integrity, some
contractors could, nonetheless, engage in misconduct during  the  course
of the contract term - for example, engaging in acts for personal finan-
cial gain, accepting inappropriate gifts, or inappropriately negotiating
for certain jobs.
  Furthermore,  in  carrying out the day-to-day tasks for state agencies
and public authorities, contractors often require  extensive  access  to
and  use  of  nonpublic  government information. Protection of nonpublic
information is critical, because unauthorized disclosure can  erode  the
integrity  of government operations and lead to situations in which such
information is misused for private gain, potentially  harming  important
interests  such  as  the  privacy  of  individuals,  commercial business
proprietary rights, security, and law enforcement.
  The legislature further finds that  opportunities  for  organizational
and  personal  conflicts  of  interest by contractors, and the misuse of
nonpublic information by contractors through negligence  or  misconduct,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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