Tom Wolf and his team are taking the transition process seriously.
Just in case you thought otherwise, they wanted to prove that fact to all Pennsylvania’s citizens.
Not only will every member of the transition team have to sign a code of ethics agreement but the text of the document itself was released to the press.
So far, only incoming Chief of Staff Katie McGinty has signed the agreement.
The full text is included below:
CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT
I, ____________________, hereby agree to serve as a member of the Transition Team of the Governor-Elect of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In so doing, I agree that a democracy requires those who serve it to be impartial and beholden to the people. I further agree that decisions affecting governance be made in a manner as to instill the public with confidence in the integrity of their government. In furtherance of that goal, I agree to maintain the highest ethical standards in fulfilling my role as a participant in the Transition Team. I further represent and warrant as follows:
I have disclosed to the Transition Team any potential or actual conflicts of interest relating to my service as a participant on the Transition Team. I understand that a conflict of interest would include any perceived conflict of interest or even the appearance of impropriety. Furthermore, I agree that my obligation to disclose any actual or potential conflicts remains ongoing throughout my tenure on the transition team and that I will promptly notify the transition team should a conflict arise or is reasonably anticipated.
I will not use my position with the Governor-Elect’s Transition Team for personal gain or take any substantial action affecting any matter, for personal gain or that of my immediate family or organization with which I have a substantial financial interest.
I will not use any Commonwealth personnel, resources, property and/or funds, other than for purposes directly related to Transition Team activities.
I will not solicit or accept a gift, loan of money, goods, services or other things of value for the benefit of any person or organization, other than the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which could influence the manner in which I perform my duties.
I agree to not to disclose any information provided to me in the course of the transition process and to consult with the appropriate Transition Team executives in the event I receive any requests to disclose such information to a third party, regardless of whether said information has been specifically determined to be confidential.
I understand that my agreement to serve on the Transition Team and to abide by the requirements applicable to that service may be made public. I further acknowledge that my service on the transition team is a solemn duty, and that a failure to comport myself with the obligations hereto set forth, will result in appropriate action by the transition team, including but not limited to my dismissal.
“So far, only incoming Chief of Staff Katie McGinty has signed the agreement.”
So, it’s going to be just her and Wolf running the Gov’s office by themselves? 🙂
It’s a good ethics framework, however it’s tough to find people with experience but no conflicts. It will be interesting to see how it holds up in actual practice.