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NYC Conflicts of Interest Board

The Public Service Puzzler

Welcome to the home page of the Public Service Puzzler, a contest brought to you by the Conflicts of Interest Board! Spending just five minutes with the City’s Conflicts of Interest Law could win you prizes! Each month a new puzzle, question, or other activity will be brought to you by the Board’s Training and Education Unit. All you have to do is give five minutes of thoughtful consideration and send in your answer to

One lucky winner each month will receive a gift package from COIB, his or her name, picture and bio on the contest web page, and the same in the following month’s edition of the Board’s monthly newsletter, The Ethical Times

This Month's Contest

January's Public Service Puzzler takes the form of a crossword puzzle. Click the link below for all the details, and good luck!  Entries are due on January 20th.

‚óŹ January Public Service Puzzler
 (in PDF)

Meet Last Month's Winner  

Meet Rachel Cline, the winner of the January 2014 Public Service Puzzler!  Rachel is the Director of Editorial and Content Strategy for the Office of Digital Communication and Strategy at the New York City Department of Education.

Learn more about Rachel in our interview below.

Q: What do you do in your job?
A: Edit technical and policy information, mostly for our website--and advocate for plain language communication whenever I can.\

Q: How long have you been working for the City?
A: Since 2009.

Q: Name a special interest or hobby!
A: I’m a novelist—I’ve had two books published by Random House and am nearly finished with a third. One of my other claims to fame is that I spent one season as a staff writer on the TV show Knots Landing.

Q: What's your favorite thing about City service?
A: My colleagues.


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