Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
The Department shall solicit and receive Private Sector Support only for the purpose of assisting the Department to undertake or implement the programs, functions or laws that it is charged with administering.
Private Sector Support may not be received or used in any way that:
Provides for the personal benefit of any state employee;
Directly benefits any entity responsible for the support; or
Pertains significantly to Department actions, decisions or resources with the potential to have a pecuniary advantage or detriment to such an entity.
If, in the judgment of the Director, an entity is offering or providing support in order to potentially receive special consideration, services or information from the state, or the support is otherwise improper, the Director shall refuse or return the support offered. The Director may consult with the Governors Office, Department of Administrative Services, Secretary of State, Attorney General, the Oregon Government Ethics Commissionor other state agencies in order to determine whether receipt of such support is appropriate.
The Department shall, as needed, develop special operational guidelines for purposes of this division of administrative rules (including but not limited to the treatment of confidential or privileged information), signed statements acknowledging such guidelines, and so forth.
The elements and intent of this rule may be applied in situations that might arise with respect to contributions, in-kind goods or services or other forms of support offered to or received by the Department from local governments or municipal corporations that are eligible to receive funding from the Department.