We will not disclose the identity of a complainant unless they consent to such disclosure, or the Inspector General determines that such disclosure is otherwise unavoidable in order to conduct an inquiry.
The Inspector General 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.
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. When reporting waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement to the OIG, you may remain anonymous if you wish. However, you are encouraged to identify yourself so that we may follow-up on your call, if necessary, and obtain additional information that will aid us in our investigation. If you give your name, your identity will be protected to the maximum extent allowed by law.
It is impermissible for a government employer to retaliate against an employee for reporting information to the OIG. If you believe that by making a report to the OIG you may be at risk of reprisal, inform the OIG of this fact.