Thursday, August 12, 2004

BoSS Responds to Bob Graham situation with new NGA conditions for aging network

The WV Bureau of Senior Services (BoSS) has been under fire for the last several months because of publicity surrounding the Wyoming County Council on Aging (WCCOA). WCCOA's executive director Bob Graham was exposed in a series of articles in the Charleston Gazette as receiving nearly $500,000 in salary and benefits last year. After the WV Legislature and several federal and state agencies began investigating his excessive compensation, Graham has now come under investigation by law enforcement and the IRS.

In several of the newspaper articles about the situation, BoSS explained that because WCCOA is a non-profit corporation (as are nearly all service providers in the aging network) his salary and benefits are controlled by his Board of Directors. BoSS has now taken some steps to try to prevent this kind of situation from occurring in the future. Several new conditions have been added to the standard list of conditions in the NGA (Notice of Grant Award) contracts senior providers sign to receive aging funding through the BoSS.

The new conditions include provisions specifying Board make-up and salary caps for Executive Directors.

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