Each employee has an obligation to report (a) questionable or improper accounting or auditing matters, and (b) violations and suspected violations of the Sieda Personal Policies and Procedures Manual (hereinafter collectively referred to as Concerns).
Authority of Audit Committee
All reported concerns would be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the Sieda Board of Directors. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for investigating, and making appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors, with respect to all reported Concerns.
This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and volunteers to raise Concerns within the organization for investigation and appropriate action. With this goal in mind, no volunteer, or employee who, in good faith, reports a Concern shall be subject to retaliation or, in the case of an employee, adverse employment consequences. Moreover, a volunteer or employee who retaliates against someone who has report a Concern in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including dismissal from the volunteer position or termination of employment.
Employees should first discuss their Concern with their immediate supervisor. If, after speaking with her or his supervisor, the individual continues to have reasonable grounds to believe the Concern is valid, the individual should report the Concern to the Division Director. In addition, if the individual is uncomfortable speaking with her or his supervisor, or the supervisor is the subject of the Concern, the individual should report his or her concern directly to the Executive Director.
If the Concern was reported verbally to the immediate supervisor, Division Director or Executive Director, the reporting individual, with assistance from the Fiscal Officer, shall reduce the Concern to writing. The Executive Director is required to promptly report the Concern to the Chair of the Executive Committee, which has specific and exclusive responsibility to investigate all Concerns. If the Executive Director, for any reason, does not promptly forward the Concern to the Audit Committee, the reporting individual should directly report the Concern to the Chair of the Executive Committee. Contact information for the Chair of the Executive Committee may be obtained through the Executive Director. Concerns may be also submitted anonymously. Such anonymous Concerns should be in writing and sent directly to the Chair of the Audit Committee. Concerns may also be submitted to:
- Department of Community Action Agencies
- Office of Citizens’ Aide
- Auditor of State
- Iowa Attorney General
Volunteers should submit Concerns in writing directly to the Chair of the Executive Committee. Contact information for the Chair for the Executive Committee may be obtained for the Executive Director or the Fiscal Officer.