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Legislature Receives Annual Compliance Program Report

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Legislature received its annual year-end report on the Tompkins County Compliance Program from Deputy County Administrator and County Compliance Officer Paula Younger, who chairs the County’s ten-member Compliance Committee. 

As stated in the report presented to the Legislature, the Tompkins County Compliance Program “is designed to demonstrate good stewardship of the people’s trust and resources, focusing on regulatory compliance controls, policies, and staff training that encourage a culture of integrity and transparency.”  Core elements of the Program include reviewing, assessing, and revising existing policies and procedures for the purpose of addressing areas of compliance risk; working with departments to develop standards and processes for addressing specific functional risk areas; developing internal systems and controls to promote compliance in accordance with our legal and ethical requirements; identifying/monitoring potential non-compliant issues; and assisting with education and outreach to staff.

Deputy Administrator Younger reported that, among key accomplishments during 2014 were continued work in the area of information technology compliance—including privacy, data protection, and information security policy development, which led to two new County policies adopted by the Legislature—and recommending a Security Risk Analysis Process regarding protected health information, as required by the federal Health Information Affordability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).                                                         

Review the full report presented to the Legislature at the Compliance Program website at http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/tccp (click on “End of Year 2014 Compliance Progress Report).