Employees who disclose wrongdoing must provide sufficient information for the OIG to commence an inquiry. This is particularly important when the employee requests confidentiality.

  • Employees must be candid with OIG investigators or to others to whom they disclose alleged wrongdoing.
  • Employees are reporting parties and not investigators.
  • An employee's right to protection does not extend immunity for the employee's own misconduct.
  • Not every disclosure creates a right under whistleblower protection laws.
  • The OSC and MSPB have formal statutory jurisdiction over whistleblower complaints and are the final formal arbiters of whether reprisal occurred.


If you have questions or need assistance please contact the Whistleblower Ombudsman, Maura Malone, at: whistleblower@hudoig.gov