JCOPE Financial Disclosure Procedures

Robert Galbraith filed this request with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics of New York.


From: Robert Galbraith

To Whom It May Concern:

Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request a copy of all records or portions thereof pertaining to, or containing the following:

1. Any records of guidelines, policies, or procedures for monitoring which public officials have submitted financial disclosure forms required by Public Officers Law § 73-a in place or enacted from August 15, 2011 to the present.

I understand that there is a fee of $0.25 per page for duplication of the records requested; however, this request is a matter of public concern and is not being made for commercial usage. As such, I request that any fees associated with providing requested records be waived. I also request that documents be provided in electronic format if at all possible. Doing so would eliminate the need to copy the materials and provides another basis for my requested fee waiver.

If, however, such a waiver is denied, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five (5) business days of receipt of such request. Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible.

If you determine that some but not all of the information is exempt from disclosure and that you intend to withhold it, I ask that you redact it for the time being and make the rest available as requested. In any event, please provide a notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any or all of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter; I look forward to hearing from you shortly.


Robert Galbraith

From: Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE)

Mr. Galbraith,

This correspondence is in response to your request for guidelines, policies and procedures regarding financial disclosure statements.

Please note - pursuant to Executive Law §94(19), the Commission is not subject to Article 6 of the Public Officer's Law, "Freedom of Information Law", or FOIL.

Executive Law §94(9)(f) and (n) provide for a procedure by which the Commission promulgates guidelines for random review of financial disclosure statement forms. Those guidelines can be found on our website at this link: Guidelines to the Random Review Program for Annual Statements of Financial Disclosure<http://www.jcope.ny.gov/about/FDS%20Protocol%20Final%2012%2020%202012.pdf>. The Commission also engages in targeted reviews of financial disclosure statements.

In accordance with Executive Law §94(19) and the Commission's regulations<http://www.jcope.ny.gov/about/ethc/19%20NYCRR%20Part%20937.pdf> for accessing publicly-available records, there are no additional publicly-available records at this time conforming to your request.

Records Access Officer
Joint Commission on Public Ethics
540 Broadway
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 408-3976


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