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Information on Filing Hotline Complaints
  • What to Report to the DoD Hotline

    Examples of these types of violations include:

    • Threats to homeland security
    • Health and safety issues
    • Trafficking in persons
    • Improper military mental health evaluations
    • Leaks of classified information
    • Bribery and acceptance of gratuities
    • Counterfeit or substandard parts
    • Whistleblower Reprisals
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Contract and procurement fraud
    • Computer crimes
    • Health care fraud
    • Travel or purchase card fraud
    • Cost/labor mischarging
  • What NOT to Report to the DoD Hotline

    Certain matters may be better resolved through other channels, instead of the DoD Hotline.

    The following matters are NOT generally investigated by the Department of Defense Inspector General. 

    • 911 Emergencies
    • Minor incidents of time and attendance abuse
    • Minor incidents of theft of Government resources
    • Minor incidents of misuse of Government vehicles
    • Department of Defense job opportunities
    • DoD Incentive Awards Program suggestions
    • Personnel matters involving requests for individual relief
    • Employment related grievances and complaints against management officials
    • Complaints of EEO discrimination
    • Matters relating to the Uniform Code of Military Justice to include Article 15 appeals
    • Tricare complaints
    • DoD Contractor Compliance and Disclosure requirements
    • Locating a military service member
    • Obtaining military records
    • Child and spousal support matters
    • Pay and allowance matters
    • Deceptive lending practices and other consumer fraud
  • What to Expect After Filing a Complaint

    Here are some consideration points regarding what to expect after you file a Hotline complaint: 

    • Unless you are contacted directly by one of our investigators, there will be no communication from our office, outside of correspondence which may advise you that your matter has been referred to the cognizant Department of Defense entity for appropriate action, where, and if applicable.

    • Federal regulations prohibit the disclosure of information contained in investigative and law enforcement records, even to the individual submitting the allegation(s).

    • Our office will NOT provide anyone, to include the source of the complaint, with the status of action(s) taken on any allegation. This includes details pertaining to the processing of your complaint. The information you provide will be handled according to our internal policies and guidelines, and appropriate action will be taken, as determined.

    • Once a file is closed, results may be requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Confidentiality and Privacy


    DoD Hotline will not disclose the identity of a complainant unless they consent to such disclosure, or the DoD Hotline Director determines that such disclosure is otherwise unavoidable in order to conduct an inquiry


    You are not required to identify yourself when submitting a DoD Hotline complaint. In addition to filing anonymously (where you do not give your name to the DoD Hotline), you may choose to provide your name and request confidentiality. 


    CONSENT TO DISCLOSURE:

    The DoD Hotline will only disclose your identity on a "need-to-know" basis to organizations necessary to conduct an inquiry and take corrective actions, unless a court of law or other legal authority mandates disclosing your identity. It may be beneficial for investigative personnel to clarify or obtain additional information from you. In these cases, consent to disclose your identity would aid the investigative process.


    ANONYMOUS FILING STATUS:

    If you file your complaint anonymously, we will not know who you are, and we will not be able to contact you to request additional information.