Agenda Item
Docket No. 19-1272
Advisory opinion request as to whether the Code of Governmental Ethics would prohibit Carolyn Dragseth from pursuing outside employment while she is employed with the Department of Children and Family Services.
Carolyn Dragseth is currently employed as a Deputy General Counsel 2 with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Her job duties include providing legal advice and guidance relative to information technology, procurement and civil rights matters; reviewing of leases and requests for proposals; negotiating contracts with program staff; supervising the Civil Rights Section; and, serving as Records Retention Officer for DCFS.

She is considering working as an adjunct faculty member with colleges or universities that are part of the State of Louisiana system doing public research. She is also considering opening her own private law practice focusing on, but not limited to, immigration law and business law matters.

La. R.S. 42:1111C(1)(a) prohibits a public servant from receiving any thing of economic value for any service, the subject matter of which is devoted substantially to the responsibilities, programs, or operations of the agency of the public servant and in which the public servant has participated.

La. R.S. 42:1111C(2)(d) prohibits a public servant and any legal entity in which the public servant exercises control or owns an interest in excess of twenty-five percent, from receiving anything of economic value for services rendered to or for a person who (1) has or is seeking to obtain contractual or other business or financial relationships with the public servant's agency; (2) conducts operations or activities which are regulated by the public employee's agency; and (3) has substantial economic interests which may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the public employee's official duty.

La. R.S. 42:1111E(1) provides that no public servant, and no legal entity of which such public servant is an officer, director, trustee, partner, or employee, or in which such public servant has a substantial economic interest, shall receive or agree to receive any thing of economic value for assisting a person in a transaction, or in an appearance in connection with a transaction, with the agency of such public servant.

La. R.S. 42:1113A(1)(a) prohibits a public servant, or member of such a public servant's immediate family, or legal entity in which he has a controlling interest from bidding on or entering into any contract, subcontract, or other transaction that is under the supervision or jurisdiction of the agency of such public servant.

Adopt the proposed advisory opinion.
Assigned Attorney: Jennifer Land
2019-1272 Draft Advisory Opinion (4)
2019-1272 Request for opinion
2019-1272 Additional Information
2019-1272 Additional Information (2)