State Code of Ethics for Purchasing

More information can be found at:  www.ethics.state.ct.us

Contracting

The General Statutes of the State of Connecticut make provisions for preventing one from using his/her public position or confidential information gained in State service for personal financial benefit.

In accordance with C.G.S. 1-84(i), a State employee and his/her immediate family are prohibited from entering into contracts with the State with a value of $100.00 or more unless the contract has been awarded through an open and public bidding process.

Gifts

As a public official or state employee, there are rules in place regarding accepting gifts from both restricted and non-restricted donors. A gift is defined as anything of value that you (or in certain circumstances a member of your family) directly and personally receive unless you provide consideration of equal or greater value (e.g., pay for the item).

Restricted Donors

In general, you may not accept gifts from restricted donors.  Restricted donors include registered lobbyists; individuals or entities doing business with your state department or agency; individuals or entities seeking to do business with your state department or agency; individuals or entities engaged in activities regulated by your state department or agency; or contractors pre-qualified by the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services.  There are certain exceptions that may apply, such as token items valued at $10 or less.

Non-restricted Donors

Besides the restricted donors outlined above, the law addresses gifts from two other categories of individuals: non-restricted donors giving you something because of who you are in state service and non-restricted donors giving you something that has nothing to do with your state service.  If a gift is from someone who does not fall within the definition of a restricted donor, but is nonetheless giving you something because of your public position, you may only accept up to $100 annually from that donor, in addition to any of the items listed in the various gift exceptions.  There is no limit as to what you may accept from a non-restricted donor who is giving you a gift that has nothing to do with your state service, such as your neighbor of 20 years or a best friend from kindergarten.