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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file/submit a complaint to an Inspector General (IG)?

A complaint, allegation, and/or request for assistance can be presented to an IG in person, by telephone, FAX, or regular mail. In order to protect your confidentiality, we strongly discourage contacting an IG via e-mail (see FAQ #4).

What is an IGAR?

An IGAR is an Inspector General Action Request, DA Form 1559-R. A complainant completes the IGAR, presents it to an IG, who in turn initiates the appropriate action. You can download a DA Form1559-R on this web site or visit our office and fill one out in person. When completing an IGAR, please include as much DETAIL as possible (who, what, when, where, how, etc.). This enables the IG to conduct a through inquiry.

Who can submit an IGAR?

You do not have to be in or associated with the military to submit an IGAR. Anyone can submit an IGAR as long as it concerns an activity of the U.S. Government, specifically the U.S. Army and/or it’s members.

Can I submit an IGAR using e-mail?

Not Usually. For personal security and to maintain your privacy the Department of the Army IG strongly discourages complainants from filing an IGAR via e-mail, because it is not a secure means of communication.

What problems/issues can I present the Inspector General?

Any problems/issues concerning the U.S. Army and/or its members may be presented to an IG. Law and statue restrict what Inspectors General can do in the areas of Civilian Personnel, Legal, and Equal Opportunity/Equal Employment Opportunity (EO/EEO)

Be prepared to take "No" for the answer.
(In any case "Yes" or "No", the IG will explain why)

Can I talk to an Inspector General "off the record"?

Information provided to an Inspector General is NEVER OFF THE RECORD.

Can I be disciplined for contacting to an Inspector General?

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.

Can an Inspector General order my supervisor to fix a problem?

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 action.

Can I obtain the results of an Inspector General’s investigation/inquiry that I initiated?

The initiator of an IG investigation/inquiry will be informed upon the completion of an investigation/inquiry. However, due to concerns regarding confidentiality, they are not allowed to obtain the results of an investigation/inquiry (Privacy Act of 1974 and Army Regulation 20-1).


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