Vice President for Administration
1 Forestry Drive
208 Bray Hall
Syracuse, NY 13210
Project Sunlight is a statewide initiative based on the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 and omnibus ethics legislation Ch. 399, Part A4, L. 2011. This legislation is meant to increase government transparency and accountability by providing the public with an opportunity to view certain types of interactions between State agency "decision-makers" and individuals or firms who could influence the agency's decision-making process. The office of Finance and Administration is responsible for reporting qualified campus interactions, referred to as "appearances", to the public database. Our obligation, for the most part, will be the reporting of meetings of influence ("appearances") having to do with procurement and large scale contracts over $25,000. We are mandated to report these interactions within five days of the appearance. Those employees who are identified as potential "decision makers" and "advisors" are required to participate in Project Sunlight training and report any qualified appearances to the Finance and Administration office.
The Business Office will designate campus Decision Makers and Advisors based on title and job function, according to guidance provided by SUNY. Each Decision Maker and Advisor will be contacted individually and provided instruction as to Project Sunlight Requirements. However, there may be times when an employee not initially identified temporarily becomes a decision maker.
Project Sunlight is a statewide initiative based on the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 and omnibus ethics legislation Ch. 399, Part A §4, L. 2011. This legislation is meant to increase government transparency and accountability by allowing the public to see who interacts with New York State employees with respect to five categories of activity:
State agencies are required to utilize the Project Sunlight online database to report "appearances" by individuals and firms who appear before SUNY decision-makers or persons who advise decision-makers (known as advisors.) Given the nature of SUNY activities, we are most likely to be impacted in the area of (1) procurement of goods and services.
The Business Office is responsible for the administration of this program at the SUNY ESF campus. Compliance requirements include the following: