Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who may file a complaint with the OIG?
A: Anyone, including Nassau County employees, companies that do business with the County, and members of the public.

Q: What kind of complaints does the OIG investigate?
A: Fraud, waste, abuse, corruption, conflicts-of-interest and serious misconduct affecting or involving County operations, programs, projects or funds.

Q: How do I file a complaint with the OIG?
A: A complaint can be registered with the OIG in several ways: via the online complaint form, email, surface mail, or telephone.

Q: Can I request that my identity be kept confidential?
A: Yes. If you request confidentiality, we will not reveal your identity without your permission, except if required by law. You should also be aware that there are provisions of law that, under appropriate circumstances, protect employees from retaliation. If you believe that making a report to the OIG will place you at risk of retaliation, you should inform us of that as well.

Q: Do I have to identify myself if I make a complaint to the OIG?
A: No. You can remain anonymous in submitting an allegation to us. Note however that your information will be most useful if we can contact you if follow-up questions are necessary. If you remain anonymous, we also will not be able to later advise you if the matter is in open or closed status.

Q: Does the OIG investigate individuals or companies that conduct business with the County?
A: Yes. The OIG may investigate any individual or entity that either is doing business with Nassau County or which, through the submission of a bid, proposal or application, expresses interest in doing business with the County.

Q: What do the terms fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement mean?
A: 

  • Fraud is the misrepresentation of a material fact in order to obtain a payment or benefit.
  • Waste is negligent or extravagant expenditure of County funds or incurring of expenses, or misuse of County resources or property.
  • Abuse is the intentional wrongful or improper use of County resources, which can include the excessive or improper use of a person’s County position, in a manner contrary to its rightful or legally intended use.
  • Mismanagement is when management action – or inaction – could adversely impact the County’s operations, programs, projects or funds or grossly deviates from the standard of care or competence that a reasonable person would follow.

Q: What is an example of a conflict-of-interest?
A: An example would be a County contracting or oversight official who has an undisclosed financial interest in a contractor, vendor or consultant, resulting in an improper contract award or inflated costs to the County.