Welcome to the Tompkins County Compliance Initiative. This site provides information about our commitment to conduct the business of local county government in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and to adhere to the highest ethical standards. The complexity and magnitude of County operations and the services provided make the focus on compliance essential. As such, our County Compliance Program serves to:
Monitor developments and changes in state and federal laws as these relate to waste, fraud, and abuse.
Facilitate communication among departments on compliance issues, including outreach and training.
Review, revise, and recommend policies/procedures as needed.
Coordinate, facilitate, and monitor compliance efforts countywide.
Develop internal controls, including assisting department heads and managers with establishing compliance procedures specific to their operations, and conduct reviews to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
Administer the confidential Compliance HelpLine.
This ongoing, proactive program demonstrates how the organization will operate in a fully legal and ethical manner, and how its code-of-conduct will be applied to address specific organizational risks.
Read More...Tompkins County Compliance Plan
Read More...End of Year 2011 Compliance Progress Report
Message from County Leadership
The County Legislature believes that the development and implementation of a formal County Compliance Program, applied on a countywide basis, is consistent with the organization’s efforts to improve quality and performance, and further reflects the organization’s long-standing commitment to conduct its business transparently and in compliance with applicable and constitutional laws. In February 2011, the County Legislature passed a resolution to underscore this commitment, giving the County Administrator the authority to establish a comprehensive compliance program as a critical component of our business practice and philosophy.
County Compliance Commitee
The County Compliance Committee operates a strategic countywide compliance program, ensuring regulatory and ethical compliance in the delivery of quality service and preservation of public trust. The Committee works to promote a countywide culture that safeguards compliance and ethical conduct through assessment, monitoring, mitigation, policy creation and revision, guidance, and training. The Committee also assists the County Administrator in managing the confidential Compliance HelpLine, which can be accessed by any employee or member of the public to anonymously report unethical behavior or misconduct.
Reporting Concerns of Fraud and Abuse
The County Compliance Program includes a confidential Compliance HelpLine to receive allegations of illegal or unethical conduct involving County employees or officials. The HelpLine should be used to report evidence of known or suspected misconduct, including legal violations, misuse of resources, improper gifts or kickbacks, financial fraud, acts of retaliation, safety concerns, and violations of County policy and procedures. The Confidential Compliance HelpLine is equipped to handle reports from both identified and anonymous callers; however, in order for the County to investigate and respond appropriately to reports of non-compliance, specific information must be provided, such as who, what, when, and where.
To submit a report, please call: 877–348–1396.
A written report may be sent to:
Paula E.F. Younger
Deputy County Administrator
Corporate Compliance Officer
125 East Court Street, 3rd Floor
Ithaca, NY 14850
Compliance Fact Sheet Series
Want to stay abreast of updates to County Compliance Program? Are you looking for compliance program information to share with staff, colleagues, or contractors/vendors? Our Fact Sheet series serve as a quick reference to compliance-related information.
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Fact Sheet Issue #1
Fact Sheet Issue #2
Fact Sheet Issue #3
Exclusion Screening Policy—This policy demonstrates the County’s intent to comply with Federal and State mandates to screen employees, independent contractors, business vendors, key providers, and governing board members to verify that they have not been involved in adverse governmental actions related to fraud, patient abuse, licensing board sanctions, license revocation/suspension/surrender, or have defaulted on Health Education Assistance Loans.
Whistleblower Policy—This policy is intended to support the reporting of illegal activities and to protect officers and employees from retaliation who, in good faith, have reported a concern of improper governmental action. This policy implements New York State Labor Law §740 and Civil Service Law §75-b.
Compliance Help Line