Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations

Mr. Michael Shanker, Director



The Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations (WRI) Directorate investigates allegations of whistleblower reprisal made by members of the Armed Forces; appropriated fund (civilian) employees of the DoD, including members of the DoD intelligence community; employees of DoD contractors, subcontractors, grantees and subgrantees, and personal services contractors; all DoD employees with access to classified information; nonappropriated fund instrumentality employees who are paid from nonappropriated funds generated by Military Service clubs, bowling centers, golf courses, and other activities; and tenants of privatized military housing. 


The WRI Directorate additionally investigates allegations that service members were restricted from communicating with a Member of Congress or an IG.  The WRI Directorate also conducts oversight reviews of whistleblower reprisal investigations performed by the Services and Defense agency IGs into these types of allegations.


The WRI Directorate operates an Alternative Dispute Resolution program, in which parties in certain cases may explore voluntary resolution of disputes in lieu of investigation.


The WRI Directorate conducts reprisal and restriction investigations under the following authorities:


Military Reprisal and Restriction


Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentality Reprisal


Defense Contractor, Subcontractor, Grantee and Subgrantee, and Personal Services Contractor Reprisal 


Privatized Military Housing 


DoD Intelligence Community / All DoD Employees with Access to Classified Information Reprisal


Appropriated Fund (Civilian) Reprisal


File a Whisleblower Reprisal Complaint