On February 3, 2020, the State Ethics Commission received a copy of the Office of the State Auditor’s special audit of the settlement processes and payouts of the General Services Department’s Risk Management Division (“RMD”) for fiscal years 2015, 2018, and 2019. On February 7, 2020, the Commission met and discussed the special audit, and Executive Director Jeremy Farris responded to the State Auditor regarding issues and concerns raised by the special audit. The special audit report may be accessed here.
The State Ethics Commission is an independent state agency created by Article V, Section 17 of the New Mexico Constitution to promote full compliance with the state laws that require our state government to be democratic, responsive to the public’s interest, and ethical. Those democracy and public accountability laws include: the Campaign Reporting Act, the Financial Disclosure Act, the Gift Act, the Lobbyist Regulation Act, the Voter Action Act, the Governmental Conduct Act, the Procurement Code, the State Ethics Commission, and Article IX, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution, commonly known as the “Anti-Donation Clause.”