Project Sunlight, a part of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, increases government transparency and accountability by providing the public with an opportunity to see who is interacting with government decision-makers.
State entities are required to report appearances by individuals or firms before State decision-makers or persons who advise decision-makers.
The Project Sunlight database, hosted by the NYS Office of General Services, compiles the data reported and makes it available to the public for viewing.
Project Sunlight covers appearances between covered individuals that concern one of these subject areas:
- rate making
- regulatory matters
- judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings
- adoption or repeal of a rule or regulation
Reportable appearances only include:
- in-person meetings
- video chats and conferences
Written communications such as letters, faxes, forms, and emails are not considered appearances.
Project Sunlight at Tax & Finance
Project Sunlight applies to Tax Department employees who have the power to exercise agency discretion or advise someone who has that discretion.
These employees must report appearances by all representatives of an entity including:
- outside representatives, such as a lobbyist
- inside representatives, like an officer or general counsel
- individuals appearing on their own behalf
An appearance is a substantive interaction that's meant to have an impact on the State's decision-making process.
Appearances that will be reported
These appearances will not be reported