What is a “third party complaint?”

Third-party complainants are individuals who provide a complaint on behalf of a Soldier, Airman, civilian employee or anyone else.

The Privacy Act prohibits the release of Privacy Act protected information to the third parties without the consent of the individual to whom the information pertains unless a Privacy Act exception applies that permits disclosure.

IG responses to third parties are direct in nature and simply acknowledge receipt of the complaint.

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1. Can I be disciplined for contacting an IG?
2. What is a “protected communication?”
3. What is “reprisal?”
4. Can I see the IG during normal duty hours?
5. What is a “third party complaint?”
6. What types of complaints are appropriate for the IG?
7. What types of complaints are not appropriate for the IG?
8. Can I talk to an IG “off the record?”
9. Who can file an IG complaint?
10. What IG do I or my family speak to if I am mobilized/deployed?
11. How do I contact the next higher level IG?
12. What information will the IG need from me?
13. Can an Inspector General order my supervisor to fix a problem?
14. Can I obtain the results of an Inspector General’s investigation/inquiry that I initiated?
15. What happens if someone knowingly provides false information to an IG?