Report | March 4, 2020

Response to Congress House Report 116-120, to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020, “Measure Officer Accountability”

On March 4, 2020, the DoD OIG provided a response to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee and on a reporting requirement contained in House Report 116-120.  House Report 116-120, Report of the Committee on Armed Services, to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, contained a provision titled “Measure Officer Accountability,” which expressed concern that despite measures currently in place to enable victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment to formally report perceived instances of retaliation, perceived instances of retaliation remain high.  The report required the DoD IG to collect data regarding the number of allegations related to the mishandling of reports sexual harassment and assault, and substantiated retaliatory actions.