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Tompkins County Compliance Program

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Tompkins County Compliance Program

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. 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 for reporting compliance violations, illegal or unethical conduct, or a known or suspected breach of secured private or protected health information.

Read More... Annual Compliance Progress Reports

Read More... Tompkins County Compliance Document

Read More... Tompkins County Code of Ethics (revised 2013)


 Reporting Compliance Violations, Discrimination or Information Security Breach

Any County employee or private citizen can use the Compliance HelpLine to report allegations of illegal or unethical conduct involving County employees or appointed or elected officials. This includes reporting evidence of known or suspected misconduct, including legal violations, misuse of resources, improper gifts or kickbacks, financial fraud, acts of retaliation, safety concerns, or intentional violation of County policy and procedures. 

If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint within 180 days of the incident: How to File a Complaint

You may also call the Confidential Compliance Helpline: 877-348-1396

You may also submit a written report concerning non-compliance, discrimination or acts of waste, fraud, or abuse, to:

Lisa Holmes, Deputy County Administrator
Department of County Administration
125 East Court Street, 3rd Floor
Ithaca, NY 14850

Information Security Breach
Tompkins County is committed to safeguarding Personal Health Information (PHI) and all other forms of Personal Information (PI). In compliance with Federal regulations, the County has adopted the Tompkins County Breach Incident Procedure. Any County employee or private citizen can use the Compliance HelpLine to report a known or suspected breach of confidential or private information. A report may also be submitted via the Breach Incident Investigation Form.


 Compliance Fact Sheet Series
Want to stay abreast of updates to the 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.

Select a Fact Sheet to Read More...

Fact Sheet Issue #1: Compliance Program Overview
Fact Sheet Issue #2: Exclusion Screening for Contractors
Fact Sheet Issue #3: Tompkins County Compliance Committee
Fact Sheet Issue #4: Safeguarding Protected Information
Fact Sheet Issue #5: Title VI Program - Commitment to Serving the Public Without Discrimination
Fact Sheet Issue #6: Title VI Resources for Effective Communication
Fact Sheet Issue #7: Business Associate Agreements

For a complete lisiting of the Policies and Procedures of Tompkins County Government, see the

Administrative Policy Manual.