Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the purpose of the Hotline?
The purpose of the Hotline Program is to identify and eliminate fraud, waste, and inefficiencies in the operation of the Navy. To be effective, the program requires all personnel to be vigilant against the possibility of illegal or improper acts, and to report to the chain of command, or an Inspector General (IG), any improprieties in this regard.
2. Who may use the Hotline?
Anyone may file a hotline complaint.
3. What issues should you report to the Hotline?
The IG investigates matters involving:
• Abuse of Title or Position
• Bribes/Kickbacks/Acceptance of Gratuities
• Conflicts of Interest
• Ethics Violations
• False Official Statements/Claims
• Gifts (Improper receipt or giving)
• Improper Referral for Mental Health Evaluations
• Mismanagement/Organization Oversight (Significant Cases)
• Misuse of Official Time, Government Property, Position and Public Office
• Political Activities
• Purchase Card Abuse
• Reprisal (Military Whistleblower Protection)
• Safety/Public Health (Substantial/Specific)
• Systemic Problems
• Time and Attendance (Significant Violations)
• Travel Card Abuse
• Travel Fraud (TDY and TAD)
• Waste (Gross)
Inspectors General reserve the right to decline to investigate any matter brought to our attention. Generally, the Inspector General refers complaints to the local IG for review and resolution.
4. How do you submit a hotline complaint?
We encourage you to submit the allegation(s) in writing by e-mail, fax, letter, or using the online complaint form in Step 4. Our experience has shown that written complaints are more organized, provide more details, and are less emotional.
We will evaluate your complaint and request more information, if necessary. Keep in mind, if we conduct an investigation, you will be interviewed and you will be able to provide additional information and documents at that time.