In 2018, the Public Disclosure Commission is supporting proposals to ensure the agency has sufficient resources, to modernize F-1 reports and to modify the 45-day Citizen Action complaint process.
Provide sufficient resources to meet PDC workload and duty to the public
Shore up staffing levels that currently are insufficient, despite numerous process improvements, to handle an enforcement caseload that is up 232 percent in 2017.
Add 3 compliance investigators, 1 filer assistance specialist, 2 IT professionals on contract basis, 1 general counsel position, and resources to finance IT systems improvements, including moving crucial systems to WaTech.
MODERNIZE PERSONAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE (F-1 REPORTS)(HB 1833)
Allow F-1 reporting modifications for the term of office rather than annually when there is no material change in circumstances.
Allow individuals, such as legislative staffers, who are appointed in December to file an initial report in January, rather than having to file one report upon appointment and another the following year by April 15.
Make adjustments to the F-1 reporting requirements to address those issues that generate the most inquiries from filers.
Allow new personal financial disclosure (F-1) reporting modification requests to be heard by an individual Commissioner in a brief hearing, rather than before the full Commission.
Modify the 45-day Citizen Action complaint process
Reform RCW 42.17A.765(4) to allow the PDC to retain jurisdiction and to prioritize investigative work by the nature and magnitude of the violation or the impact on the public, candidates or campaigns.
Clarify that any formal action by the Commission — ruling by the full Commission, action taken by a Presiding Officer or alternative resolution by the Executive Director — is “state action” for the purposes of a 45-day complaint.
Specify that the PDC is not liable for costs and attorney fees, should a citizen complainant prevail in court.