Inspector General

Inspector General


Mission

Serves as an extension of the Commanding General by providing impartial advice and independent assessments of the morale, welfare, and discipline of the Command through assistance, inspections, investigations and training in order to improve readiness of the Command.

Role

Be the eyes, ears, voice, and conscience of the TRADOC Commander.

TRADOC Inspectors General are impartial fact finders who, through due diligence and sound fundamentals in accordance with regulations, policies and standards, assist the chain of command to solve problems.

ASSISTANCE

Informal fact-finding in response to requests for help, information, or issues

INVESTIGATION & INQUIRIES

Formal fact-finding in response to allegations of violations of laws, regulations, or policy

INSPECTIONS

Tailored to meet commander’s needs; focused on systemic issues and root causes for noncompliance

TEACHING & TRAINING

Army systems, process, and procedures; standards of behavior appearance

By Regulation of AR 20-1: Inspector General Activities and Procedures
  • Everyone has the right to see the IG (military retirees, family members, civilians)
  • No allegation or request for assistance can be ignored
  • The IG is not a commander, we are fair and impartial fact finders and problem solvers
  • Investigations, inquiries, and inspections are directed by the IG’s Commander (not by the IG)
  • IG records cannot be used as the basis for adverse action nor to compare commands or commanders

  • Be sure you have a problem, not just a peeve.
    • (Are the cooks turning out lousy chow, or was it just one bad meal?)
  • Give your chain of command a chance to solve the problem.
    • (Many problems must be addressed to the chain of command for resolution anyway.)
  • If IG assistance is needed, contact your local IG first.
    • (IGs at higher commands will normally refer the case to the local IG for action.)
  • Be honest and don’t provide misleading information.
    • (IGs will discover the truth quickly in most cases, and there are penalties for knowingly providing false information.)(IGs will discover the truth quickly in most cases, and there are penalties for knowingly providing false information.)
  • Keep in mind that IGs are not policy makers.
    • (If a policy is flawed, you can submit a proposed change on a DA Form 2028.)
  • Keep in mind that IGs can only recommend, not order a resolution.
    • (Only Commanders can order; the role of the IG is to advise the Commander.)
  • Remember IGs can only resolve a case on the basis of fact.
    • (Your claim that a supervisor has violated the rules doesn’t make it fact. A claim must be supported with evidence.)
  • Don’t expect instant action on your request. Be patient.
    • (Investigations take time, and IGs tend to have heavy workloads.)
  • Be prepared to take “no,” for the answer.
    • (In either case, “yes” or “no,” the IG will explain why.)

Person who ask the IG for help, make a complaint, give evidence, contact or assist an IG during an inspection or investigation, or otherwise interact with an IG, often have an expectation of confidentiality. The expectation encompasses safeguarding their identities and the nature of their contacts with the IG, and protection against reprisal.

The IG has a duty to protect confidentiality to the maximum extent possible, particularly when it is specifically requested. While the need for confidentiality and the measures necessary to protect it will vary with the circumstances, the IG always gives this issue priority attention. However, it is important to remember that while confidentiality is a priority with inspectors General, it cannot always be guaranteed.

Reference AR 20-1 or contact your IG for more information.

What types of complaints are not IG appropriate?

The following issues and allegations are ordinarily not appropriate for IG intervention:

  • Criminal allegations
  • Issues that have other means of redress
    • Courts-martial actions
    • Non-judicial punishment
    • Officer/NCO evaluation reports
    • Enlisted reductions
    • Type of discharge received
    • Pending or requested discharge
    • Financial liability investigations or property loss
    • Adverse information filed in personnel records (except for allegations of reprisal)
    • Claims
  • The issue is not Army related
  • Soldier EO complaints
  • Civilian allegations of reprisals
  • DOD civilian employee redress through other channels
  • Hazardous work conditions

Inspector General Action Request(IGAR)

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.

Can I submit an IGAR using e-mail?
Yes. However, for personal security and to maintain your privacy, the Department of the Army IG strongly discourages complainants from filing an IGAR via email because it is not a secure means of communication.

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

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 you confidentiality, we strongly discourage contacting an IG via e-mail.

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 Form155-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 enable the IG to conduct a thorough 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 its members.

Can I submit an IGAR using e-mail?

Yes. However, 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 Inspector Generals can do in the areas of Civilian Personnel, Legal, and Equal Opportunity/Equal Employment Opportunity (EO/EEO).

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 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 whistle blowing.

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 can only request the results of an investigation/inquiry by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the information.