Financial Disclosure Resources, LLC
Services provided by FDR are legal in nature. Client communications, including all personal and financial data provided to us by our clients, fall within the scope of privilege. Accordingly, they are maintained securely and confidentially.
Our goal is to provide the personalized support and assistance our clients need for a flat fee that is consistent with the Conference approved reimbursement. As a result, there is no net cost for using our services to prepare an initial, annual, or final judiciary financial disclosure report of up to 15 pages. Additional fees may apply for longer reports or expedited services.
Please contact us for detailed information about our fee structure for judiciary and executive branch nomination financial disclosure reports and net worth statements.
Once a report is submitted, most annual filers put financial disclosure out of their minds until the following year, when the data scramble begins again. Our approach is different. We ask our clients to forward financial statements and data to us as the information is received. That lets us address questions and concerns as they arise and avoid the frantic chase for information as May 15 approaches. It also lets us call potential reporting issues to the client's attention while they're readily correctable... before they become reporting problems. By following this model, our clients' reports are ready to be filed sooner, and with less stress. Billing for recurring annual reporting services takes place in the filing year, in order to comport with reimbursement guidelines.
Final reports contain the same information and follow the same procedures as annual reports, with minor exceptions. Final reports are due within 30 days of separation. If a filer separates on December 31, the final report for the year of separation will be due by January 30 (although an annual report for the same period would not have been due until May 15 if the filer were still employed with the judiciary in a covered position). It is critical that personal email information be maintained within FiDO for a period of six years following separation.
Initial reports are due within 30 days of entry on duty in a covered position and must cover the current and prior reporting years, plus one additional year for the filer's outside earned come. Although the reporting period is longer than for an annual report, initial filers are exempted from reporting investment transactions, which provides an opportunity to adjust and simplify holdings before submitting the first report. If a new judiciary filer previously filed in another branch of government, transferring one's status as an annual filer is another option. It is critical that initial filers work with an expert to help structure the first report, as it will establish the reporting format for subsequent annual reports.
Nomination reports are due within five days of the nomination date and require largely the same information as an initial report. This causes considerable confusion for individuals already in filing status with the judiciary or with another branch of government. Nominees should be cautious not to utilize the AO-10 reporting form as an asset list for vetting purposes, as that practice can lead to reporting difficulties in subsequent annual reports. Expert assistance is highly recommended for all nomination filers to avoid errors that can delay certification and closure of reports, resulting in hearing delays.