2013 Alaska Attorney General Reports and Opinions 1 (2013)

handle is hein.sag/sagak0063 and id is 1 raw text is: March 12, 2013

Patricia Jacobson
Chair and Designated Ethics Supervisor
University of Alaska Board of Regents
202 Butrovich Building
910 Yukon Drive
P.O. Box 755300
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5300
Re:   Advisory Opinion Addressing Denali Commission Compensation
AGO File No. AN2010100322
Dear Chair Jacobson:
This opinion addresses your request for advice regarding the Request for Ethics
Determination, dated January 28, 2013, forwarded to you by Pat Gamble, President of the
University of Alaska. As chair of the Board of Regents for the university, you serve as
Mr. Gamble's ethics supervisor and are entitled to receive advice under AS 39.52 240(a).
Mr. Gamble seeks clarification of his responsibilities under the Executive Branch
Ethics Act. Specifically, he asks whether acceptance of federal compensation for service
on the Denali Commission, a federal agency created to provide job training and
encourage economic development in Alaska, will violate AS 39.52.120. He considers his
work with the commission to be part of his job as the president of the university. To date,
he has waived    compensation  from  the commission   for that work   because
AS 39.52.120(b)(2) states that a public officer may not receive compensation for
performance of official duties from a person other than the state.' He reports that, based
on a recent analysis of federal law, the Denali Commission will require that he be paid
I     Compensation is defined in the Ethics Act to mean any money, thing of value,
or economic benefit conferred on or received by a person in return for services rendered
or to be rendered by the person for another. AS 39.52.960(7).

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