Public Information Policy
Best Practice Management
Fines and Fee Report
Public information Policy
In accordance with Section 30-2-10, et. seq. of the South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976, as amended, no public records will be released to any person or private entity for the purpose of using the public record for commercial solicitation. Any person knowingly using a public record for commercial solicitation is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars or imprisoned for a term not to exceed one year, or both.
All forms and statements filed with the State Ethics Commission are public information open for public inspection upon request.
Reports and statements filed with the State Ethics Commission are available for viewing at the Commission office Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Copies of the forms and statements are available from the Commission at a charge of $.50 per page. Copies may be obtained in person or a request form may be obtained from the Commission office.
The Commission's audit policy enables all forms and statements filed with the Commission to be audited. Three types of audits may be conducted:
- Filing Audit - to determine that required forms have been filed and that such forms or statements are accurate and complete.
- Desk Audit - more formal review of forms or statements to determine if violations have occurred or if complete information is not provided.
- Field Audit - an in-depth examination of accounts and documents supporting information filed on the reports or statements.
The filing audit is conducted on all reports or statements filed with the Commission.
The desk audit and field audit may be conducted at the discretion of the Commission: when requested by the individual involved; when requested by the Commission members; when needed for information purposes; when an advisory opinion has been requested, or when a complaint has been filed.
Best Practice Management
In accordance with Proviso 89.56 (GP: Best Management Practices) the State Ethics Commission publishes the following ratings report.
|Integration of Planning and Budgeting
|Collaboration and Partnerships
|Outsourcing and Privatization
|Use of Automation and Technology
|Energy and other Resource Conservation and Management
|Preventive and Deferred Maintenance
|Alternate Revenue Sources
|External Annual Financial Audit Findings
|External Review Findings
|Long Range Capital Plan
The Commission's annual report was replaced in 2007 with the accountability report.
2010 Accountability Report
2011 Accountability Report
2012 Accountability Report
STATE ETHICS COMMISSION (R52) – 3035
89.85 (GP: Fines and Fees Report) In order to promote accountability and transparency, each state agency must provide and release to the public via the agency’s website, a report of all aggregate amounts of fines and fees that were charged and collected by that state agency in the prior fiscal year. The report shall include, but not be limited to: (1) the code section, regulation, or proviso that authorized the fines and fees to be charged, collected, or received; (2) the amount received by source; (3) the purpose for which the funds were expended by the agency; (4) the amount of funds transferred to the general fund, if applicable, and the authority by which the transfer took place; and (5) the amount of funds transferred to another entity, if applicable, and the authority by which the transfer took place, as well as the name of the entity to which the funds were transferred. The report must be posted online by September first. Additionally, the report must be delivered to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee by September first. Funds appropriated to and/or authorized for use by each state agency shall be used to accomplish this directive.
Late Filing Penalties/Complaint Fines:
Relevant Code Sections: 2-17-50, 8-13-1510, 8-13-320
Total collected: $270,080.44
Collected at Agency: $227,701.91
Collected by DOR – GEAR Program: $39,078.53
Collected by DOR – Setoff Debt Program: $3,300.00
Lobbying Registration Fees:
Relevant Code Sections: Sections 2-17-20 & 2-17-25
Total collected: $156,100.00
Training Conference Registration Fees:
Relevant Code Sections: Section 8-13-120
Total collected: $0
Sale of Documents Fees:
Total collected: $104.00
Relevant Code Sections: Section 8-13-130
Total collected: $14,900.00
The funds are expended for the purpose of carrying out the mandated responsibilities of the agency. There were no funds transferred to the General Fund.