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November 15, 2007

Ethics Training Program Started at Comptroller’s Office

DiNapoli Completes Training by Head of Public Integrity Commission

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on Tuesday completed ethics training, which DiNapoli has made mandatory for all Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) staff. The state Commission on Public Integrity’s Chair John Feerick participated in the training for DiNapoli and other senior staff members.

“Restoring ethics and integrity to the Office of the State Comptroller has been my top priority since I took office in February,” DiNapoli said. “Every person in my office will participate in ethics training to ensure the business of the Comptroller’s office is carried out with the utmost integrity. Dean Feerick is a great resource. Thanks to him and the Commission’s staff, our ethics training program is a model that every other state agency should follow.”

All OSC employees are required to undergo general ethics training, which will be led by OSC’s Special Counsel for Ethics and facilitated by staff from the state Commission on Public Integrity. The two-hour training sessions cover a variety of topics, including the NYS Public Officers Law, NYS Ethics Commission opinions and Comptroller’s office ethics policies.

“I want to thank Comptroller DiNapoli for arranging the presentation and for requiring ethics training for employees of the Comptroller's office,” said Feerick. “This is an area where leadership is required at the top of the agency, and Mr. DiNapoli has demonstrated his commitment to this issue.”

The training began in October and is expected to be completed over the next four months. In addition, a second round of ethics training that is tailored to specific staff responsibilities within OSC is also currently underway.

DiNapoli took several measures early in his term to increase oversight and accountability at the Comptroller’s office. DiNapoli issued an executive order on ethics that delineates appropriate use of state cars and other resources and bars staff from accepting gifts.

DiNapoli also created the positions of Special Counsel for Ethics and Inspector General. Suzanne Dugan, Special Counsel for Ethics, is developing and implementing a comprehensive ethics program, which includes these trainings. In a role aimed to increase oversight of the Comptroller’s office, Inspector General George King monitors and reviews the activities of the Comptroller and all OSC employees.



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