Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection

The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, and other laws and regulations provide the DIA Office of the Inspector General authority to receive and investigate complaints of potential violations of law, rules, or regulations, or gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.

Presidential Policy Directive 19 (PPD-19), “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information” and title 10, United States Code, section 1034 (10 U.S.C. § 1034), “Protected communications; prohibition of retaliatory personnel actions,” and other laws provide protections to federal employees, federal contractor employees, and military service members when reporting such complaints while protecting classified national security information.

Furthermore, PPD-19 and 10 U.S.C. § 1034 protects individuals who report such complaints from reprisal. Reprisal occurs when a management official takes, or in some cases threatens unfavorable action against an individual or withholds favorable action because of a protected disclosure, such as reporting suspected fraud, waste, and abuse. Reprisal or retaliation taken against any DIA employee, contractor employee, or military member who has reported a violation as described above to the OIG, their chain of supervision, or any activity authorized to receive such reports is a violation of Federal law.

If you believe you have been retaliated against because of such reporting, please contact the DIA Hotline at (202) 231-1000 or via email at or submit a reprisal complaint online here.

Whistleblower Frequently Asked Questions