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Article III.  Conflicts of Interest
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1.70.170 Restrictions on participation of employees.
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(a) An employee may not participate in any WSSC matter, except to exercise a purely administrative or ministerial duty which does not affect the disposition or decision concerning that matter, if the employee or a qualifying relative has an interest in the matter, or the employee creates the appearance that he or she has an interest in the matter, or if any of the following is a party thereto:

(1) A business entity in which the employee has a direct financial interest of which the employee may reasonably be expected to know;

(2) A business entity with which either the employee or a qualifying relative (if known to the employee) is an officer, director, trustee, or employee;

(3) A business entity with which either the employee or a qualifying relative (if known to the employee) has applied for employment, is negotiating employment, or has arranged prospective employment;

(4) A business entity which is a party to an existing contract with the employee, or which either knows is a party to a contract with a qualifying relative, if the contract could reasonably be expected to result in a conflict between the private interests and the official duties of the employee;

(5) A business entity, either engaged in a transaction with WSSC or subject to regulation by WSSC, in which a direct financial interest is owned by another entity in which the employee has a direct financial interest if the employee reasonably may be expected to know of both financial interests;

(6) A business entity which is a creditor or obligee of the employee or qualifying relative (if known by the employee) with respect to a thing of economic value and which, by reason thereof, is in a position to affect directly and substantially the interest of the employee or a qualifying relative.

(b) An employee who otherwise would be disqualified from participation under subsection (a) of this section shall disclose the nature and circumstances of the conflict, and may participate or act, if:

(1) The disqualification would leave a body with less than a quorum capable of acting;

(2) The disqualified employee is required by law to act; or

(3) The disqualified employee is the only individual authorized to act.

(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, an employee may obtain a waiver from the Board to participate in an otherwise prohibited act or decision in accordance with WSSC 1.70.070. (Res. 2007-1779; Res. 2003-1669 § 1(3-1)) (Res. 2007-1779; Res. 2003-1669 § 1(3-1).)

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