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No! Contact with an IG is a “protected communication.” A supervisor or employee who reprises against an employee for contacting an IG faces possible punishment for violation of the statutory prohibition against reprisal for Whistleblowing.
A protected communication is defined as:
Reprisal is taking or threatening to take an unfavorable personnel action or withholding or threatening to withhold a favorable personnel action on a military member for making or preparing a protected disclosure. More information concerning Military Whistleblower Protection can be found in DoD Directive 7050.06.
There are no preconditions for coming to the Inspector General for assistance; however, during normal duty hours, military and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel must inform the chain of command that they are leaving their place of duty. They cannot just walk off the job and fail to inform their supervisors where they are going. After duty hours, they may go to the Inspector General without notifying their supervisors. Anyone, regardless of status, may make a complaint, allegation, or request for information or assistance to any Army or Air Force IG concerning matters of Army or Air Force interest.
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.
Any Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA), violations of law, instructions, or policy should be reported through the appropriate grievance channels.
The fact that you may disagree with your supervisor(s) over management styles or have what you believe is a “personality conflict,” does not constitute an injustice or mismanagement.
If you are not sure your concern is an IG matter, contact the IG office for guidance or advice.
The following is a list of issues that are typically not appropriate for the IG, however, anyone can contact the IG regarding the issues below:
Information provided to an IG is never “off the record!” However, we attempt to maintain confidentiality.
If you have a concern and are unsure if you should file a complaint, contact your local IG office for guidance at Phone: (785) 646-0020/ 0021/ 0022/ 0024 or Fax: (785) 646-0023.
Any military member, retiree or civilian may file an IG complaint, however, many Department of Army or Department of Air Force civilian complaints (ex: discrimination, sexual harassment, and conditions of employment) must be addressed by agencies other than the IG.
Anyone, including civilians with no Army or Air Force affiliation, may file Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA) disclosures. Depending on the circumstances, the IG may also accept complaints from dependents or relatives of military members and retirees and their dependents; however, it is always best for the actual “victim” or person who witnessed the alleged wrongdoing to file the complaint.
Inspector General "coverage" is typically based on geographic location or unit affiliation, therefore:
When in doubt as to whether or not the Kansas National Guard Inspector General will have "jurisdiction" over your case, don't hesitate to contact us at 785-646-0020/0021/0022,0024 and we will advise accordingly.
For family members of deployed Soldiers/Airmen:
The families of Soldiers/Airmen who are deployed are assigned a Family Assistance Center (FAC) Specialist, and that FAC Specialist should be their first point of contact when assistance is needed.
If the Soldier, Airman or family member is associated with a unit not deployed, they can still contact the State Family Program Office. State Family Support Services personnel are available at 785-646-0165.
If the issue remains unresolved and after appropriate agency failed to respond in a timely manner, then family members should contact the Kansas National Guard Inspector General or other Inspector General's office.
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Identify to the IG what you would like the IG system to do for you.
Provide copies of any hard evidence or written documentation that you have to support your case and a list of other offices/agencies you have contacted regarding your issues when you contact the IG. This will greatly assist in the resolution of your issues.
Please attach your support documents to your completed and signed Department of Army (DA) form 1559, Inspector General Action Request (provided on our Army National Guard Toolbox page) or Air Force Form 102, Inspector General Personal and Fraud, Waste and Abuse Complaint Registration (provided on our Air National Guard Toolbox page) and mail, email, or fax to our office (please see contact information provided on our main page).
No! An Inspector General belongs to the Commander’s Personal Staff. The IG has no command authority. Therefore, we report, and make recommendations to the Commander for his/her action.
The initiator of an IG investigation/inquiry will be informed upon the completion of an investigation/inquiry of the results as they pertain to the initiator. An individual may request IG records through the Freedom of Information Act by writing to the IG Office of record. However, due to concerns regarding confidentiality, they are not allowed to obtain the results of an investigation/inquiry concerning third parties. (Privacy Act of 1974, Army Regulation 20-1, Air Force Instruction 90-301).
Those who knowingly and intentionally provide false statements to an IG are subject to potential punitive and administrative action.