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Who may file Navy IG complaints?

Any Navy military or civilian member may file an IG complaint. However, many Department of the Navy civilian complaints (ex: discrimination, sexual harassment, and conditions of employment) are addressed by agencies other than the IG (contact 1-855-NAVY-311 for further guidance). Anyone, including civilians with no Navy affiliation, may file complaints with the IG regarding fraud, waste, mismanagement, or reprisal.

What type of complaints are appropriate to file with the IG?

Any complaint regarding fraud, waste, mismanagement, or reprisal.

Does the IG guarantee confidentiality?

Consistent with the Inspector General Act 1978, as amended, it is Navy Hotline policy that Hotline Personnel will not disclose the identity of an individual providing a complaint or information to the Navy Hotline unless the individual consents to such disclosure, or the Navy Hotline has determined that such disclosure is otherwise unavoidable in order to address the complaint or information.

You are not required to identify yourself when submitting a Hotline complaint. In addition to filing anonymously (you do not provide any identifying information), you may file confidentially, or you may consent to disclosure of your identity.

If you file your complaint anonymously, we will not be able to contact you to request additional information or to give you the open or closed status of your complaint. The Navy Hotline will not provide any updates or responses to you regarding the status of the complaint.

If you request confidentiality, we will make every effort to protect your identity from disclosure; however, we cannot guarantee confidentiality since disclosure may be required during the investigation or in the course of corrective action.

Complainants alleging allegations of reprisal do not have the option of filing anonymously or confidentially.

Naval Inspector General Hotline or (800)522-3451 or DSN 288-6842

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