FAQ -IG

Before you request Army Inspector General action,

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below.

We encourage you to contact your local IG Office to ensure fastest possible response.

If you have a concern and are unsure if you should make an IG Action Requests, contact your local IG office for guidance. Any Army military or civilian member may Request IG Action. However, many Department of the Army (DA) civilian complaints (e.g., discrimination, sexual harassment, and conditions of employment) must be addressed by agencies other than the IG.
Violations of law, Army instructions, or policy should be reported through the appropriate grievances channels. The subject of the IG Action request must be an Army program or person. Bear in mind, however, the fact that you may disagree with your supervisor(s) over management styles or have what you believe is a “personality conflict”, does not constitute an injustice or mismanagement. If you are not sure your concern is a reportable matter, contact your local IG office for guidance or advice.
IG Action request may be filed with a supervisor or commander in your chain of command, an IG or other appropriate inspector, or within any established grievance channel. Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA) complaints may be reported to the Army Audit Agency (AAA), Army Office of Special Investigations (AOSI), security police, or other proper authority. Promptly advise the AOSI of suspected criminal misconduct or fraud. It is the intent of the Inspector General that the IG With jurisdiction closest to the request of IG action can provide closure or conduct inquires into the matters submitted.
IG Action request may be filed with a supervisor or commander in your chain of command, an IG or other appropriate inspector, or within any established grievance channel. Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA) complaints may be reported to the Army Audit Agency (AAA), Army Office of Special Investigations (AOSI), security police, or other proper authority. Promptly advise the AOSI of suspected criminal misconduct or fraud. It is the intent of the Inspector General that the IG With jurisdiction closest to the request of IG action can provide closure or conduct inquires into the matters submitted.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.