Who May File Army IG Complaints?
If you have a concern and are unsure if you should file a complaint, contact your local
IG office for guidance.

Any Army military or civilian member may file an IG complaint. 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. Anyone, including civilians with no Army affiliation, may file Fraud, Waste,
and Abuse (FWA) disclosures.

Depending on the circumstances, the IG may also accept complaints from dependents
or relatives of active duty members and retirees and their dependents. However, it is
always best for the actual "victim" or person who witnessed the alleged wrongdoing to
file the complaint.

What type of complaints are appropriate?
Any Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA) and violations of law, Army instructions, or policy
should be reported through the appropriate grievances channels. The subject of your
complaint 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.

When are IG complaints appropriate?
Individuals should attempt to resolve Fraud, Waste, and Abuse(FWA) issues and
personal complaints at the lowest possible level, using command channels before
elevating them to the next higher level or the Office of the Inspector General.

Further, complaints must be promptly filed within IG, command, or other grievance
channels. IG's may dismiss a complaint if there is no FWA, recognizable wrong or
violation of law, regulation, or policy. Also, complaints should be received in a timely

Where should complaints be filed?
Complaints 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 System that IG closest to the complaint
provides assistance or conduct inquiries into the matters submitted.

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 (If the appropriate redress procedures were
used, IGs will advise complainants that IG involvement focuses on ensuring that the
complainant received due process and the protection of rights as intended by law and
- Courts-martial actions
- Nonjudicial punishment
- Officer evaluation reports
- NCO evaluation reports
- Enlisted reductions
- Type of discharge received
- Pending or requested discharge
- Complaints that a commanding officer has wronged a soldier
- Financial liability investigations of property loss
- Relief for cause
- 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
- Department of Defense civilian employee redress through other channels
- Hazardous work conditions
- Equal Employment Opportunity
- Collective bargaining agreements
- Appeals of adverse actions within the purview of 5 USC 7701-7703
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